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Sat Feb 10
54 Allegheny
71 Denison
in Granville, Ohio
Wed Feb 14
55 Hiram
72 Denison
in Granville, Ohio
Tue Feb 20
52 Denison
66 at Oberlin
in Oberlin, Ohio (NCAC Quarterfinal)
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Big Red top century mark in win over Hiram

Shaina Kaiser scored 20 points in a conference opening win over Hiram.
Shaina Kaiser scored 20 points in a conference opening win over Hiram.

The Big Red shot 61 percent from the field and got 20 points from Shaina Kaiser (Ostrander, Ohio/Buckeye Valley) which helped Denison roll to a 102-54 victory over Hiram College on Saturday afternoon from Livingston Gymnasium.  The victory ran Denison's record to a perfect 9-0, keeping their best start in school history intact.

DU enjoyed their best shooting performance of the season as they jumped out to a double-digit lead in the first seven minutes of the contest.  By the five minute mark of the first half Denison was sitting on a comfortable 27-point lead after going on a 24-8 run over an eight-minute span.  During that run sophomore point guard Serafina Nuzzo (Western Springs, Ill./Fenwick) found Kaiser on a nifty alley-oop pass that resulted in a reverse lay-up for the senior while bringing the home crowd to its feet.  After a highlight reel worthy first half, Denison would enter the locker room with a 57-23 lead powered by 11 steals, 17 points off turnovers and tremendous ball movement on offense.

In the second half, the pass-first offensive approach continued for Denison and the Big Red continued to knock down open shots.  Five players scored in double-figures as Kaiser finished the day 9-for-16 from the field while going 2-for-2 from 3-point range. Kaiser scored 20 points but also added six assists, five rebounds and three steals.  Christina Myers (Pataskala, Ohio/Watkins Memorial) followed with 17 points and six rebounds in just 18 minutes.  Myers was 8-for-10 from the field.

Senior Haley Dahlgard (Walnut Creek, Calif./Northgate) came off the bench to score 16 points in 13 minutes.  She had the hottest hand from the outside, going 4-for-5 from beyond the arc.  Nuzzo posted 15 points and had six assists and six rebound in 24 minutes.  Sophomore Nicole Coggins (Mesa, Ariz./Corona del Sol) rounded out Denison's leading scorers with 11 points, five assists and three steals.

Denison outrebounded Hiram 41-26 while racking up a a season-high 27 assists of 43 made field goals.  Denison's 27 assists were just four off the school record set in 1992 and the most by a Big Red team since they totaled 28 in a victory over Earlham on Feb. 2, 2008.  The Big Red hit on 43-of-71 shots from the field (.606) and were 11-for-18 (.611) from 3-point range.

Hiram was led in scoring by Tiffany Shields' 21 points in 30 minutes of action.  With the win, DU moves to 9-0 and 1-0 in the North Coast Athletic Conference.  Hiram falls to 4-2 overall and 1-1 in conference play.  DU will return to action on Tuesday (Dec. 14) when they travel to Grove City (Pa.) for a 7 p.m. tip-off with the Wolverines.  Grove City is 4-4 on the season.

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