Big Red rolls past Yeowomen
Denison continued its climb up the North Coast Athletic Conference standings following a 53-35 victory over Oberlin on Thursday night in Granville.
The Big Red scored the game's first 10 points to open up an early double-digit lead. After an old-fashioned three-point play by Oberlin's Lillian Jahan, DU erupted for 16-straight tallies to take a 23-point lead with five minutes remaining in the period. The home team entered the break with a 31-8 advantage after senior point guard Serafina Nuzzo knocked down a triple with seven seconds on the clock.
Down but not out, the Yeowomen found their legs in the early stages of the second half, scoring 11 points in the opening two and a half minutes. OC knocked down three 3-pointers during the half-opening run, while Malisa Hoak capped the spurt off with a pair of free throws.
Now trailing 43-25, Oberlin went on a 10-2 spurt to shrink the gap to 10. Once again it was the deep ball that allowed the Yeowomen to shrink the deficit, knocking down two more during the run. However, the Big Red rattled off eight straight to secure the 18-point victory.
DU shot a 37-percent clip (21-for-57) from the field, including a scorching 62 percent (8-for-13) from 3-point range. Denison also outscored the Yeowomen 23-10 down low and turned 19 turnovers into 20 points. Nuzzo led all scorers with 21 points to go along with five steals. Senior Nicole Coggins logged 10 points, while Kyli Parker dished out a game-best six assists. Coggins, Nuzzo, Mary Margaret Habel and Gretchen Staubach all grabbed five rebounds.
Christina Marquette posted 11 points and a game-high 13 rebounds to pace OC. The Yeowomen (8-10, 3-6 NCAC) held a 41-34 advantage on the glass, but went 11-for-52 (21 percent) from the field and 5-for-22 (23 percent) from beyond the arc.
Denison (10-8, 5-4 NCAC) moves into a tie for third place with Allegheny in the conference standings. The Big Red returns to the court on Saturday when they host Hiram at 1 p.m.