Big Start Propels #23/24 DePauw to NCAC Win over Wittenberg

Big Start Propels #23/24 DePauw to NCAC Win over Wittenberg

Greencastle, Ind. - DePauw jumped out to a 25-point lead in the opening eight minutes of its North Coast Athletic Conference contest against visiting Wittenberg and held off a second-half surge to take a 61-52 win.

The host Tigers, ranked 23rd by and 24th in the coaches' poll, improved to 5-2 overall and 2-0 in NCAC play, while Wittenberg dropped to 4-4 overall and 1-1 in the conference.

Wittenberg scored the game's first bucket, but DePauw scored the next 21 points. DePauw hit 11 of its first 13 shots in building a 29-4 lead after Sydney Kopp nailed her fourth 3-pointer with 2:14 left. Wittenberg scored the final five points of the quarter and held the hosts to just two points over the first eight minutes of the second in trimming the DePauw lead to 31-14. The hosts took a 39-16 lead into the intermission.

Wittenberg closed the third quarter with an 11-2 stretch and trailed 47-33 with one quarter remaining. DePauw's lead was still 17 at 55-38 before Wittenberg scored eight straight to trim the deficit to single digits. The guests got as close as eight, but layups from Maya Howard and Hayley Cange sealed the win.

Kopp scored 24 points in 20 minutes before fouling out as she netted 16 in the first quarter and hit 9 of 11 for the game including 4 of 5 from beyond the arc. Howard added 16 points and team highs of seven rebounds and four assists.

Riley Culver paced Wittenberg with 15 points, while McKenna Baker added 14 and Delaney Williams 12. Kristie Kalis and Korynne Berner each grabbed seven rebounds.

DePauw shot 41.5 percent from the floor, while Wittenberg connected on 31.6 percent. Each team had 37 rebounds and DePauw had 17 turnovers to Wittenberg's 15. 

DePauw returns to action on Saturday, December 8, when it hosts Oberlin at 1 p.m.