Third-Ranked DePauw Set to Host NCAA Sectional


Greencastle, Ind. - Third-ranked DePauw returns to the court tomorrow evening when it hosts ninth-ranked Carthage College in the sectional semifinals (round of 16) of the NCAA Division III Championship.

Tipoff from DePauw's Neal Fieldhouse is set for 7:30 p.m. The Tigers are 29-1 on the season following last Saturday's 76-68 second-round win over Transylvania. The Lady Reds enter Friday night's game with a 26-3 mark and advanced in the bracket after last Saturday's 72-67 home win over previously unbeaten Hope.

The evening's first game tips off at 5 p.m. and features 12th-ranked Wisconsin-Oshkosh against 13th-ranked Wisconsin-Whitewater. UW-Oshkosh, 26-3, topped Washington University 72-66, in the second-round matchup, while UW-Whitewater (24-4) won at St. Thomas (Minn.) by an 87-78 count.

DePauw, appearing in the NCAA postseason for the 15th time, brings a 28-12 tournament record into the weekend. The Tigers won national championships in 2007 and 2013 and finished third in 2002. DePauw is making its eighth appearance in the round of 16.

Savannah Trees leads the Tigers with 14.0 points per game, while Alex Gasaway follows with 12.5. Alison Stephens hauls down a team-best 8.9 rebounds per game after grabbing a career-high 16 against Transylvania. Emma Ondik is the team leader with 2.4 assists per contest and leads the nation with 47.8 percent three-point shooting.

The Tigers lead the country in fewest turnovers per game (10.2), are second in three-point field goal percentage  (39.4), fourth in scoring margin (23.8), seventh in field goal percentage (45.9) are 10th in scoring defense (51.9).

Carthage is appearing in the NCAA tournament for the fifth time and third straight year and has a 6-4 all-time postseason record.

Stephanie Kuzmanic paces the Lady Reds with 15.1 points per game and is third in the nation with 7.1 assists per outing. Michelle Wenzel follows with 14.9 points and a team-high 8.0 rebounds, while Kristi Schmidt rounds out the double-figure scorers with 12.4 points. Wenzel shoots 60 percent from the field which ranks eighth in the nation. Haley Stercic is the team leader and ranks third with 47.7 percent shooting from beyond the arc. 

The Lady Reds lead the country with 39.6 percent three-point shooting and are second in field goal percentage (50.0), fifth in assist/turnover ratio (1.18) and eighth in assists per game (17.8).