Greencastle, Ind. – Led by a career night from Taylor Howard, the DePauw women's basketball team held off a fourth quarter charge from Allegheny for a 63-53 win Friday night.
With leading scorer Emily Budde playing just four minutes because of an illness, DePauw turned to their post players Taylor Howard and Abby Keller who scored 19 and 15 points respectively to lead the Tigers.
Melinda Franke added four points and four rebounds off the bench, as the Tigers outscored the Gators in the paint 30-18 and outrebounded the Gators 34-24. Keller led the team with six rebounds and Howard recorded five.
The Tigers had their biggest lead of the game with 3:35 left in the third quarter at 44-26. However, Allegheny cut it to 48-33 at the end of the quarter and later pulled within two at 55-53 with 1:48 remaining in the game.
After Taylor Howard scored from the paint in the opening seconds of the fourth, the Gators embarked on a 20-5 run, but the Tiger defense held them scoreless in the final 1:48 as the Tigers scored the final 10 points.
DePauw opened the game with a 10-4 first quarter and a 33-23 lead at halftime. There was just one lead change and one tie which occurred near the beginning of the game.
DePauw shot a blistering 55 percent (12-of-22) from the court in the first half and finished the game at 43 percent (19-of-44). They shot 73 percent from the free throw line (24-of-33).
Allegheny went from shooting 22 percent in the first half to 48 percent in the second half and finished at 33 percent (18-of-55) from the floor. They shot 75 percent from the line (12-of-16).
Both teams turned it over 22 times.
DePauw improves to 15-6 overall and 9-3 in the North Coast Athletic Conference. Allegheny drops to 10-10 and 5-6 in conference play.
The Tigers return to action 3 p.m. Saturday when they host Hiram in the second game of a men/women doubleheader.