Tigers Overcome Slow Start to Top Ponters in Amy Hasbrook Classic Opener

Tigers Overcome Slow Start to Top Ponters in Amy Hasbrook Classic Opener

Greencastle, Ind. - DePauw missed its first nine shots from the floor and fell behind to visiting Wisconsin-Stevens Point, 7-0, but the Tigers rallied for a 58-46 win in the opening game of the Amy Hasbrook Memorial Classic. The Tigers, ranked 12th in the latest coaches' poll and 13th by D3hoops.com, moved to 11-1 with their seventh straight win, while the Pointers dropped to 5-5. Complete tournament information is available on the official tournament site.

Despite the slow start, DePauw trailed just 13-12 at the quarter break after closing the stanza on an 8-3 run. The teams exchanged buckets early in the second before DePauw embarked on a 10-0 run that started with a Kylie Morris layup followed by 3-pointers from Sydney Kopp and Maya Howard and wrapped up with two free throws from Imani Graham. The Tigers took a 24-18 lead into the intermission.

The margin was still six in the opening minutes of the third before DePauw scored the next seven to start an 11-3 run that moved the lead to 40-26. The Tigers led 46-33 after three before, but the Pointers closed the gap to 48-39 with 5:29 remaining. Howard hit a pair of free throws at the 3:36 mark and Kopp buried a three with 2:52 remaining to push the lead back to 14. DePauw's largest lead was 17 at 58-41 with just under one minute remaining.

Howard led all scorers with 22 points followed by Kopp with 10. Mickey and Lexi Roland each scored 10 for Stevens Point. 

Melinda Franke grabbed eight rebounds for the Tigers who held a 42-23 edge on the boards including 20 on the offensive glass for a 15-4 advantage in second-chance points. Taylor Barrett and Carly Cerrato paced the Pointers with four each.

Howard dished out three assists and had four steals, while Mickey Roland paced the Pointers with four assists and Lexi Roland had five steals.

DePauw shot 32.7 percent for the game to the Pointers' 34.7 percent, but the Tigers hit 19 of 22 from the line.

The Tigers face John Carroll on Saturday at 4 p.m., while Stevens Point takes on Saint Mary's (Ind.) in the 2 p.m. game.

In today's second game, Giavanna Paradiso of Saint Mary's (3-8) scored four points in the final 10 seconds to give the Belles a 63-59 win over John Carroll (2-8). The Belles used a 10-2 run over a 3:42 stretch of the fourth to turn a 4-point deficit into a 4-point lead.

Paradiso led all players with 28 points and 14 rebounds, while John Carroll's Nicole Heffington scored 22 and hauled down seven boards.