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Sat Feb 10
Final
54 Allegheny
71 Denison
in Granville, Ohio
Wed Feb 14
Final
55 Hiram
72 Denison
in Granville, Ohio
Tue Feb 20
Final
52 Denison
66 at Oberlin
in Oberlin, Ohio (NCAC Quarterfinal)
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#7 DePauw takes down Big Red

Brittany Atkinson  |  Photo by Jace Delgado
Brittany Atkinson | Photo by Jace Delgado

GREENCASTLE, Ind.—Seventh-ranked DePauw University clinched the 2017-18 North Coast Athletic Conference championship on Wednesday evening after a 75-43 win over Denison University.

The Tigers went on an 18-0 run in the first quarter to pull out to a 25-5 lead on the Big Red.  DU did score the final five points of the opening period on two free throws by Lauren Hofer and a 3-pointer by Brittany Atkinson.

The deficit hovered around 15 points until back-to-back jumpers by Maya Howard and Emily Budde gave the Tigers a 22-point lead with 2:33 to play in the first half.  DePauw went into the locker room with a 41-22 lead.

In the second half, Denison shot 26 percent from the field while DePauw connected on 52 percent of its shots.  The Tigers outscored the Big Red 18-9 in the fourth quarter to lock up their 18th straight win.

Denison was led in scoring by Atkinson who finished with 13 points on 5-of-11 shooting in 20 minutes.  Hofer led DU with five rebounds and Lucy Bancone chipped in five points.

Budde led DePauw with 15 points on 6-of-13 shooting.  Claire Keefe and Howard tallied 12 points apiece.

Denison drops to 10-13 and 5-9 in the NCAC while DePauw improves to 22-1 and 14-0 in conference play.  On Saturday, Feb. 10 the Big Red will host Allegheny College at 1 p.m.

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