In a battle of the top two teams in the North Coast Athletic Conference, Denison held DePauw to 29 percent shooting from the field, resulting in a 61-49 win from Livingston Gymnasium. The win extends the Big Red's winning streak to nine games while extending their lead in the NCAC to two games.
Leading by five at the half, the Tigers came out strong in the third quarter and a 3-pointer by Emily Budde with 7:16 left in the period tied the game at 31-31. Denison proceeded to go on a 14-2 run over the remainder of the third quarter to take a 12-point lead into the fourth. Bookend 3-pointers by Valesha Province started and ended the run for Denison. In the moments between, the Big Red defense clamped down, forcing four turnovers.
Over the final 10 minutes, Denison maintained its double-digit lead. Despite the Big Red's 17 turnovers, DePauw manufactured those miscues into only five points at the other end.
Jordan Holmes continued her rampage through the NCAC. She was 9-of-12 from the field for 21 points. She led all players with 15 rebounds and finished with six blocked shots while playing all 40 minutes for the 13th time this season. This is her 16th double-double of the season and the 12thtime she has recorded six or more blocks in a game this season.
Province followed Holmes in the scoring column with 13 points, four rebounds and two assists in 22 minutes off the bench. She was 4-of-8 from the field and 3-of-5 from long range. Emily Krumpe tallied 10 points off a 5-for-10 shooting performance. As a team, Denison shot 47 percent (26-of-55) and was 4-of-11 (.364) from 3-point land.
DePauw connected on only 6-of-29 shots in the first half. They improved in the second, shooting 36 percent. Budde led the way with 23 points, five rebounds and three blocked shots. Maya Howard came off the bench to score 10 points in 16 minutes. Budde and Howard combined to go 13-of-26 from the field. The rest of the team was a combined 5-for-36 (.138).
Winners of nine straight and 14 of their last 15, the Big Red will have a rematch with Wittenberg on Saturday, Jan. 30 at 1 p.m. The Tigers handed Denison its only conference loss on Dec. 12 in Springfield. DU hasn't lost since.