San Juan, Puerto Rico - Five DePauw players scored in doubles figures as the Tigers wrapped up play at the Puerto Rico Clasico with a 70-59 win over Vassar. The Tigers improved to 10-1, while the Brewers dropped to 3-6.
DePauw closed the first period with an 11-3 run to take a 21-12 lead at the quarter break. The Tigers opened the second quarter with a 9-3 stretch for their biggest lead of the game at 30-15. The teams went to the intermission with DePauw holding a 37-24 advantage.
The Brewers trimmed the deficit back to single digits in the third and trailed 51-43 headed into the fourth. Vassar was as close as six at 60-54 with 4:27 remaining, but Sydney Kopp started an 8-0 run with a bucket before Taylor Howard hit a pair of field goals and Emily Budde made two free throws to push the lead to 68-54 with 42 seconds left.
Taylor Howard led the Tigers with 16 points, while Budde came off the bench for 13. Claire Ryan followed with 11 with Maya Howard and Kopp each scoring 10. Ryan grabbed nine rebounds with Kopp and Kylie Morris each dishing out four assists.
Samarah Cook paced Vassar with 16 points followed by Ariella Rosenthal with 13 and Maeve Sussman with 12. Sophie Nick grabbed five rebounds in the defeat.
DePauw shot 43.5 percent from the field, but failed to connect on 10 three-point attempts. That marked the first time since December 7, 2008, that the Tigers did not make a three-pointer in a game and snapped a streak of 243 straight games with at least one trey.
The Brewers shot 38.8 percent for the game. The Tigers held a 42-27 edge on the boards for a 13-4 advantage in second-chance points.
The Tigers return to action on Wednesday, December 28, when they host Millikin in the Amy Hasbrook Memorial Classic. Tipoff is scheduled for 5 p.m. DePauw then faces Coast Guard Academy at 5 p.m. on December 29 before the tournament wraps up on December 31 with a 5 p.m. matchup between Millikin and Coast Guard.