DePauw rolls to 88-37 win over Southwestern; Argetsinger sets school scoring record

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record_breaker.jpgFebruary 20, 2005, Greencastle, Ind. - The 17th-ranked Tigers hit their first eight shots and jumped out to a 22-5 lead in the first five minutes of the contest on the way to an 88-37 Southern Collegiate Athletic Conference victory over Southwestern.

DePauw improved to 21-4 overall and finished 12-2 in SCAC regular season play with the win, while Southwestern dropped to 9-16 overall and 5-9 in the conference. DePauw is seeded first in the SCAC tournament which starts on Friday at Rhodes College in Memphis and it will take on eighth-seed Southwestern. Tipoff is at 6 p.m. CST.

Amy Argetsinger capped a 13-0 run over a span of 2:12 with a three-point play at the 15:04 mark of the first half and became DePauw's all-time scoring leader with the bucket (pictured). Argetsinger passed Carla Weaver (1988-92) who held the record for 13 seasons. Her 15 points for the contest lifted her career total to 1,389 which also ranks fifth in SCAC history.

DePauw closed a solid first half with a 19-1 run to go to the intermission with a 52-18 advantage. The Tigers hit 19 of 25 first-half shots for a school-record 76 percent, eclipsing the previous mark of 75 percent set against Rose-Hulman in 2000.

A 19-0 run early in the second half pushed the lead to 73-22 with 10:38 remaining. The Tigers, ranked fourth in Division III field goal shooting and eighth in three-point shooting, hit a season-high 60 percent for the game and nailed eight of 12 from three-point range.

"We came ready to play and they really wanted to do something for Amy and Sarah," DePauw head coach Kris Huffman said. "One key was the execution of our offense. We were patient and the kids stepped up and hit shots."

Sarah Zondor led all scorers with 21 points including 16 in the first half and 10 in the game's first four minutes. Argetsinger scored 13 of her 15 points in the first half, while Gretchen Haehl notched a career high with 12 points and hit all four of her field goal tries.

Erin Nelson paced Southwestern with six points and Beth Thomas grabbed six rebounds.

The Tigers held a 46-27 advantage on the boards with Lindsay Houin, Argetsinger and Bridget Bailey each grabbing five. DePauw also limited the Pirates to just 21 percent shooting and only 17.6 percent in the second half. Suzy Doughty dished out a game-high five assists, while Liz Bondi added four.

The contest marked the final regular season home game for Argetsinger and Zondor and the duo extended their four-year school-record win total to 95 against just 17 losses for an .848 winning percentage. They also finished with an SCAC record of 54-6.