It was an off shooting night for the Big Red and the Wittenberg Tigers capitalized by handing Denison a 59-45 defeat on Wednesday night in Springfield, Ohio.
Denison trailed 32-16 at the half after shooting 5-of-24 over the first 20 minutes. In the second half they improved their shooting percentage and got to the free throw line 16 times (making 12). DU outscored the Tigers 29-27 in the final stanza, but that wouldn't be enough to erase the 16-point halftime deficit.
The Wittenberg bench, led by Amber Rice's game-high 17 points outscored the Denison bench 38-5. The Tigers' next leading scorer was Enri Small with 8 points.
Denison connected on 17-of-22 from the charity stripe but was edged out on the glass, 40-33. The loss drops the Big Red's record to 13-9 overall and 8-5 in the North Coast Athletic Conference. It also snaps their 5-game winning streak that dated back to Jan. 16. Wittenberg improves to 11-11 and 7-6 in the league.
Denison will try and bounce back on Saturday when they host Allegheny College at 3 p.m. That game will be the team's annual Play4Kay game. Money collected at the gate for both the women's game versus Allegheny and the men's game at 1 p.m. will go toward breast cancer research.