January 5, 2013

Big Red bounces back with win over Fighting Scots

Denison got 20 points from Serafina Nuzzo and a career-high eight steals from Kyli Parker as the Big Red bounced back with a 75-57 win over Wooster on Saturday night.

After Friday night's loss at Kenyon, the Big Red responded with a strong showing against the Fighting Scots.  After shooting 48 percent in the first half, DU found themselves leading by 15 at the break.  Wooster would come out of the locker room red-hot, and after a 13-2 run they trailed by just four points with 15 minutes to play.

Denison would respond swiftly with an 8-0 run over the next three minutes.  The two teams would trade baskets for a majority of the second half and after a pair of free throws by Wooster's Lauren Hancher, the Scots were back within striking distance, trailing 59-53 with six minutes to play.

Once again the Big Red would answer the call and a 9-0 run by Denison gave the home team a 15-point lead with 2:45 to play.  That 9-0 run came via a Nuzzo 3-pointer, a mid-range jumper by Nicole Coggins and a pair of buckets in the paint by Gretchen Staubach.

Nuzzo was 9-of-16 from the field for a game-high 20 points.  She also tallied five assists and five rebounds in 35 minutes.  Coggins followed with 13 points and four rebounds while going 5-of-10 from the field.  Staubach ended with 11 points, six rebounds and five steals while Parker racked up an impressive stat line in just 25 minutes.  The senior guard scored 11 points, dished out six assists while posting eight steals.  That ties her with five other individuals for third-place on the school's single-game steals list.  Pacing the team on the glass was Mary Margaret Habel who finished with seven boards.

Wooster was led by Karley Walker's 14 points while Jessica Wingen ended with 11 points and 14 rebounds.  The Scots committed 23 turnovers and 16 came via Denison steals.  DU shot 47 percent for the game while Wooster finished at 38 percent.

Denison improves to 7-6 and 2-2 in the North Coast Athletic Conference while Wooster drops to 6-7 and 1-3 in conference play.  The Big Red will return to the hardwood on Wednesday when they travel to Delaware, Ohio for a 6 p.m. tip-off against Ohio Wesleyan.