DU hoops ready for NCAC Tourney

DU hoops ready for NCAC Tourney

The Denison men’s and women’s basketball teams both earned berths into the 2013 North Coast Athletic Conference Tournament and will open postseason play on Tuesday night at 7:30 p.m.  The women enter as the No. 4 seed and will host the fifth-seeded Wittenberg Tigers, while the men are the seventh seed and will travel to second-seeded Ohio Wesleyan University.

The Big Red and Tigers split the regular season series, with each team winning on their home court.  Denison picked up a 60-48 victory on Jan. 12 in Granville, while Wittenberg evened the series with a 59-45 decision in Springfield on Feb. 6.

DU is led by two-time All-NCAC selection, Serafina Nuzzo.  The three-time NCAC All-Tournament pick ranks fourth in the conference in scoring, averaging 15.1 points per game, and is second on the team in rebounding at 5.0 per contest.  Nuzzo also co-leads the league in steals (2.4) with fellow senior Kyli Parker.  Junior post Gretchen Staubach leads the squad in rebounding (5.6) and is second in scoring, averaging 8.6 ppg.

Tip-off from Livingston Gymnasium is scheduled for 7:30 p.m. on Tuesday (Feb. 19) and tickets will be $7 for adults and $5 for children, students without a valid ID and anyone with an NCAC guest pass.  The first 50 Denison faculty and staff members with a valid ID will be admitted free.  In addition, any NCAC student with a valid ID will also be admitted free of charge.  For those who cannot attend, a live video broadcast of that game will be provided by the Denison Sports Network.

In men’s action, the Big Red will travel to Delaware, Ohio to take on the Battling Bishops at 7:30 p.m. on Tuesday night.  Ohio Wesleyan swept the season series against Denison.  OWU posted a 94-68 win in Delaware on Jan. 9, and edged out the Big Red 67-64 last Saturday (Feb. 16) at Livingston Gymnasium.

Denison is led by three-time All-NCAC honoree Dimonde Hale who is averaging an NCAC-best 17.0 points per contest.  The senior post also ranks fourth in the league in rebounding (8.2), seventh in field goal percentage (.503) and ninth in assists (2.8).  Junior point guard Alex Longi ranks second on the team in scoring (11.3 ppg) and rebounding (4.6).  Longi also ranks eighth in the NCAC in assists (2.9) and field goal percentage (.497).

Ohio Wesleyan will provide a Live Video feed of Tuesday’s game, free of charge.