Women's wrap: Showdown blowouts

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Paris Madison had seven assists as Hope overpowered Calvin on Wednesday night.
Hope athletics photo by Rob Kurtycz

The marquee games in Division III women's basketball turned into lopsided wins for the home teams on Wednesday night.

No. 4 Hope held archrival Calvin to its lowest offensive output in almost two years as the Flying Dutch clobbered the Knights, 79-47. That is Calvin's lowest scoring total since it scored 47 points at Hope on February 1, 2014. Hope held the Knights to 15 points in the first half and played its starters sparingly in the fourth quarter. Francesca Buchanan scored 16 points in 17 minutes off Hope's bench. Calvin's starters shot 20 percent (8-for-40) from the field, including 1-for-15 from three. The teams will meet again in the regular season finale at Calvin.

No. 6 Scranton led Moravian wire-to-wire in their showdown for first place in the Landmark Conference. After a close first quarter, Alexix Roman scored six straight points to give Scranton an eight-point lead at the half. The Royals extended the lead to 20 points early in the fourth quarter and cruised to victory, 81-69. Roman scored 29 points on 12-for-14 shooting and grabbed 11 rebounds.

The WIAC race remains tight, though the highest ranked team now sits in fifth place in the conference. No. 13 UW-Oshkosh defeated No. 12 UW-Whitewater 79-66 by shooting 52 percent from the field and 60 percent from three in the Warhawks' gym. Taylor Schmidt scored 23 points and Eliza Campbell added a double-double for the Titans (13-3, 4-1 WIAC). Brooke Trewyn scored 12 points for Whitewater (13-3, 2-3 WIAC), which fell two games back of the tri-conference leaders.

No. 19 UW-Stevens Point battled past No. 18 UW-River Falls 63-52 thanks to a strong performance from its reserves. They outscored the Falcons' reserves 37-9 to give River Falls its first conference loss and pull into a three-way share of first place.

After starting the season slowly, Stockton has found its footing and ran past No. 22 Rowan 85-53 on Wednesday night. Najha Treadwell, who was the Atlantic Region Rookie of the Year at Kean last year, paced Stockton with 16 points and 13 rebounds. Taylor Christina scored 23 more for the Ospreys who have won 11 straight. The Profs still lead the Ospreys by one game in the NJAC standings.

As usual No. 1 Thomas More had little trouble with a conference foe, this time blitzing Chatham 97-37. The Saints led the Cougars 59-12 at the half. No. 24 Wheaton eeked out a 61-57 win at Millikin, which is still looking for its first win in conference action.

Outside the Top 25, Loras edged Luther 80-78 on a Kaitlin Phillips layup at the buzzer. Phillips finished with 23 points and nine assists for the Norse, who moved into a first-place tie with the Duhawks.

Lebanon Valley beat Messiah 58-54 to snap the Falcons' eight-game win streak. Taylor Troutman had 12 points and 11 rebounds for the Flying Dutchmen who head to No. 23 Albright on Saturday. Marymount ground out a 48-45 overtime win over Salisbury in a game where the teams combined for more turnovers (52) than field goals (37).

Bluffton kept rolling through the HCAC with a 76-70 win at Defiance. Rachel Beining scored 19 points for the Beavers who are 16-0, 9-0 in conference.

Megan Ronaghan had a monster night in Mass-Dartmouth's 80-51 win over Rhode Island College. She tallied 37 points and 20 rebounds for the Corsairs (11-5, 2-4 LEC).