Hiram, Ohio – The DePauw women's basketball team won their North Coast Athletic Conference opener Friday night with a 70-61 victory over Hiram.
DePauw had four players score in double figures, led by freshman Sydney Kopp's 15. Claire Ryan and Taylor Howard each scored 13 and Emily Budde added 11 off the bench. Howard also pulled down 11 rebounds for the double-double, while Ryan pulled down five herself and added four assists.
After leading 16-12 after the first quarter, DePauw pulled away in the second to take a 36-22 lead at halftime. In the second half, Hiram (5-2, 0-2) cut the lead to 63-60 with three minutes remaining, but DePauw clamped down and finished the game on a 7-1 run.
The Tigers shot 46 percent (29-of-63) from the floor and 38 percent (6-of-16) from beyond the arc. They went to the line just eight times but connected on six of their attempts.
Hiram shot 36 percent from the floor (20-of-56), 29 percent from beyond the arc (7-of-24) and 88 percent (14-of-16) from the charity stripe.
DePauw outrebounded Hiram 36-31 and scored 23 points off Hiram's 16 turnovers. DePauw also outscored Hiram 17-11 on second chance points and 19-11 on bench points.
The win pushes DePauw to 5-1 overall as they travel to Allegheny for a 3 p.m. contest Saturday.