Greencastle, Ind. - DePauw, ranked 10th in the D3hoops.com poll and 12th in the Division III Coaches' preseason rankings, improved to 2-0 with a 66-61 win over Wisconsin-Stevens Point in the University of Wisconsin-Whitewater Tipoff Tournament. The Pointers dropped to
Stevens Point got out to as much as a five-point lead and took a 14-10 advantage into the second quarter. A 7-0 DePauw run that included 3-pointers from Sydney Kopp and Campbell Montgomery put DePauw ahead, 24-18, with less than four minutes left in the opening half. The Pointers came back to tie the contest at 27-27, but DePauw scored the final six points of the half to take a 33-27 edge into the intermission.
The Tigers pushed the lead to double figures early in the third and led by as many as 12 at 45-33. Stevens Point came right back, though, as Carly Cerrato knocked in two straight treys before Erin Moran and Taylor Greenheck followed with buckets and Greenheck capped the 14-0 run with a 3-pointer. Kopp and Claire Keefe each scored baskets to put DePauw back in front after three, 49-47.
The Pointers evened the count at 54-54, but Keefe hit two free throws before Keefe and Kopp added baskets to give DePauw a 60-54 lead with 4:16 left. Kopp nailed a pair of free throws and Keefe hit one to extend the margin to 63-56 with 1:18 remaining.
Stevens Point closed the gap to two as Amber Baehman scored a layup and Moran hit a three with 20 seconds left. Kopp then hit one of two free throws before the Pointers missed a potential game-tying three-pointer. Kopp's two free throws in the closing seconds sealed the win.
Baehman led Stevens Point with 15 points with Kellan Schmidt and Cerrato each adding 13. Beahman led with five rebounds, while Schmidt and Jessica Slowik each had three assists.
Stevens Point shot 51.2 percent from the field for the game including 10 of 18 from three-point range, while DePauw connected on 37.9 percent from the floor. The Tigers held a 40-20 edge on the boards and held a 28-0 advantage in second-chance points.
DePauw faces the host Warhawks tomorrow at 1 p.m. CST.