#9 DePauw Suffers Season's First Loss

#9 DePauw Suffers Season's First Loss

Milwaukee, Wis. - Ninth-ranked DePauw led by as many as nine points early in the third, but host Wisconsin Lutheran went on an 11-1 run and later outscored the Tigers, 22-13, in the fourth quarter on the way to a 70-63 win in the Paul Knueppel Classic. DePauw dropped to 4-1, while the Warriors improved to 3-2.

The Tigers took a 19-18 lead after the first quarter on the strength of 66.7 percent shooting from the field. DePauw used a 7-0 run midway through the second to take a 31-25 lead and later took a 39-35 advantage into the intermission.

Claire Keefe opened the second half with a 3-pointer and Sydney Kopp followed with a bucket to give the Tigers a 44-35 lead. Following a timeout, the Warriors knocked down a three which started a 9-0 run and evened the score at 44-44 with 5:01 left in the quarter. The teams battled back and forth the rest of the quarter with DePauw taking a 50-48 lead into the final period.

Wisconsin Lutheran scored the first six points of the fourth before Kopp stopped the run with a jumper. The Warriors' Jenna Mace countered with a 3-pointer to expand the lead to five. Kopp's layup trimmed the hosts' lead to 57-54 before Mace knocked in another trey to push the Wisconsin Lutheran lead to 60-54 with 4:43 remaining.

After Kopp made one free throw, Mace hit a pair for the Warriors to extend their lead to 62-55 with 4:01 left. It stayed that way until Hayley Cange made a free throw at the 1:43 mark. Mace matched that with one charity toss with 1:08 remaining and added two more with 53 seconds left and another pair with 51 seconds left to take a 67-56 lead. The Tigers got no closer than nine the rest of the way.

Kopp paced the Tigers with 24 points, seven rebounds and four assists. Mace led the Warriors with 23 points and five rebounds while Kales Birkholz and Tierney Woodward each had 12. Kopp and Keefe earned spots on the all-tournament team.

Wisconsin Lutheran shot 45.7 percent to DePauw's 39.3 percent and the Warriors hit 11 of 25 from beyond the arc to the Tigers' 5 of 21. In the decisive fourth period, DePauw shot 25 percent from the floor to Wisconsin Lutheran's 62.5 percent. DePauw outrebounded Wisconsin Lutheran 42-24, but had 16 turnovers to the Warriors' nine.

DePauw returns to action in the Midwest Challenge at WashU where it will face the 21st ranked and host Bears on Saturday, November 30 at 4 p.m. CST.