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Denison suffers setback at Oberlin

Candise Love went 4-for-5 from the field at Oberlin on Wednesday night.
Candise Love went 4-for-5 from the field at Oberlin on Wednesday night.

Oberlin College shot 52 percent from the field and got a double-double from Christina Marquette in a 66-59 victory over Denison on Wednesday evening.

The two squads battled back-and-forth in the opening half, exchanging the lead 15 times during the 20-minute span.  The Big Red led by as many as three on two different occasions, including a 26-23 advantage following a Serafina Nuzzo jumper.

With the scored deadlocked at 29-29, sophomore Mary Margaret Habel knocked down a jumper to give DU a two-point lead.  The Yeowomen answered with a pair of triples by Lindsay Bernhardt and Malisa Hoak to enter the locker room with a 35-31 edge.

Denison trimmed the deficit to two early in the second, but a layup by Allison Anderson and a Marquette 3-pointer gave Oberlin a 40-33 advantage.  The Big Red responded by scoring 10 of the next 16 points to shrink the margin to three with 12:03 to play.

However, the home team orchestrated a 9-2 run to gain their first double-digit lead of the night, 55-45.  With 2:55 to play, Denison cut the deficit 60-56 behind a Nuzzo 3-pointer.  Marquette rebuilt Oberlin's lead with a layup and a pair of free throws.  Nuzzo hit another triple with 21 seconds on the clock to make it a five-point affair, but a fast-break layup by Lillian Jahan secured the win.

The Yeowomen knocked 27-of-52 attempts, while the Big Red hit just 38 percent from the field (24-for-63).  Oberlin held a 33-31 edge on the glass and a 36-29 scoring advantage in the paint.  Denison got 13 points off 19 Oberlin turnovers and converted 16 offensive rebounds into 14 tallies.

Nuzzo finished with 16 points and four rebounds, while Habel added 12 tallies and three boards.  Sophomore Candise Love chipped in eight points, while senior Nicole Coggins grabbed a team-best six rebounds.  Junior Gretchen Staubach dished out six assists, and senior Kyli Parker logged five steals off the bench.

Marquette led all scorers with 22 points and pulled down a game-high 14 rebounds.  She also dished out five assists, logged two blocks and two steals.  Katie Lucaites added 14 points off the bench after going a perfect 7-for-7 in 16 minutes of action.

DU falls to 13-11 overall and 8-7 in the NCAC, while the Yewomen improve to 9-16 and 4-12 in league play.  Denison closes out the regular season on Saturday at Hiram College.  Tip-off is slated for 2 p.m.