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Big Red ready for third meeting with Kenyon

Photo by Jace Delgado
Photo by Jace Delgado

GRANVILLE, Ohio – After splitting the season series, sixth-seeded Denison and second-seeded Kenyon will face off in the semifinals of the 2017 North Coast Athletic Conference Tournament in Greencastle, Ind.

The Big Red secured their spot in the tournament semifinals with a 61-46 victory over third-seeded Ohio Wesleyan on Tuesday night in Delaware, Ohio. Just 40 miles northeast of Delaware, the Ladies picked up a victory over seventh-seeded Wittenberg by the same score. Denison and Kenyon each secured victories on their home floor this season. On Dec. 3 in Granville, DU defeated the Ladies 42-35. Kenyon evened the season series on Jan. 25 in Gambier by way of a 41-38 decision.

Friday marks the 10th time that Denison and Kenyon will meet in the NCAC Tournament and the sixth time they will clash in the semifinal round. In nine previous meetings, the Big Red holds a 7-2 record in postseason plays which includes a perfect 5-0 mark in the semifinals. Denison has also won the last six tournament games against the Ladies.

In Tuesday's win at OWU, senior Jordan Holmes posted her 14th double-double of the season as she led the squad with 16 points and 20 rebounds to go along with five blocks. Classmate Emily Krumpe followed with 12 points and seven boards, while freshman Lauren Hofer chipped in nine tallies and nine rebounds.

Holmes currently leads the nation in blocks per game (5.69) and total blocks (148), while also ranking second in defensive rebounds per game (11), total rebounds (399) and total rebounds per game (15.3).

Tip-off from the Neal Fieldhouse is slated for 7 p.m. on Friday (Feb. 24). Prior to Denison's game, top-seeded and tournament host DePauw will take on fifth-seeded Oberlin at 5 p.m. The two semifinal winners will return to Neal Fieldhouse on Saturday to determine the 2017 NCAC Tournament Champion. the championship game is set to tip-off at 4 p.m.

Ticket prices for Friday and Saturday's games will be $10 for adults and $5 for children, students without a valid NCAC ID and anyone with an NCAC guest pass. Any NCAC student with a valid NCAC Institution ID will be admitted free of charge. For those who cannot attend, a live video broadcast of all three games will be provided by DePauw University.

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