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Denison tops Scots on Senior Day

(L-R) Meghan Stornes, Gabby Nottage, Gaby Mehringer, Erica Holmes, Emily Krumpe, Jordan Holmes and Sydni Harmon  |  Photo by Jace Delgado
(L-R) Meghan Stornes, Gabby Nottage, Gaby Mehringer, Erica Holmes, Emily Krumpe, Jordan Holmes and Sydni Harmon | Photo by Jace Delgado

GRANVILLE, Ohio -- The Denison women's basketball had a successful showing on Senior Day as they knocked off the Wooster Fighting Scots 63-48 on Saturday afternoon at Livingston Gymnasium.

After the opening 10 minutes of play, the teams were deadlocked at 15-15. The Big Red blew the game open in the second quarter, outscoring the Scots 20-7. DU's offensive surge was fueled by an 18-2 run that that spanned almost seven minutes and was capped off by a turnaround jumper by senior Sydni Harmon.

Wooster shrunk the margin to nine on two difference occasions at the midway point of the third quarter. However, an 8-2 burst over the final two minutes of the period rebuilt a 15-point Denison advantage at 50-35.

Denison maintained a double-digit lead for the entire fourth quarter, leading by as many as 19 after a three-pointer from freshman Alison Schafer. Kylie Orr provided the final four points for the Fighting Scots, setting the final score at 63-48.

The seven-person senior class accounted for 62 percent of the team's scoring (39 points) and 32 of the team's 45 (71 percent) rebounds. As a team, the Big Red shot 41 percent (26-for-64), while Wooster had a 31 percent (19-for-61) conversion rate. DU held a 45-41 edge on the glass. Denison outscored the Scots in the paint 26-18 while the Big Red reserves held a 15-10 scoring edge over the Wooster bench.

Schafer paced Denison with 15 points after going 5-for-7 behind the arc. Emily Krumpe led the senior class with 12 points. Jordan Holmes posted her 12th double-double of the season with 10 points and 19 rebounds to go along with nine blocks. Gaby Mehringer chipped in eight points and a game-high seven assists, while Gabrielle Nottage handed out six helpers and scored four points off the bench. Freshman Lauren Hofer also added six tallies and four boards.

Anna Gibbs and Orr both finished with 15 points, while Akwia Tilton and Cat Fiorito pulled down eight and seven rebounds, respectively. Fiorito also dished out four helpers, while Gibbs handed out three assists and recorded two steals.

With the win, Denison improves to 11-11 overall and 8-5 in the North Coast Athletic Conference. The Scots fall to 1-20 on the year and 0-11 in league play. The Big Red will hit the road next Wednesday (Feb. 8) when they travel to DePauw University. Tip-off from Greencastle, Ind. is slated for 6 p.m.

NOTE: Prior to the game, Denison recognized its seven senior members. This group has combined for 70 wins which includes a trip to the NCAA Tournament.

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