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Fri Nov 16
52 Worcester St.
64 vs. Denison
@ Hunter in New York, N.Y. - Hunter Tip-Off Tournament
Sat Nov 17
100 Denison
74 at Hunter
in New York, N.Y. - Hunter Tip-Off Tournament Championship
Tue Nov 20
Final - OT
91 Case Western Reserve
84 Denison
in Granville, Ohio
Sun Nov 25
57 Denison
69 vs. Emory
@ Lexington, Ky. in Lexington, Ky. - Transylvania Hilliard Lyons Tournament
Wed Nov 28
45 Denison
55 at Kenyon
in Gambier, Ohio
Sat Dec 01
56 Denison
69 at Wittenberg
in Springfield, Ohio
Wed Dec 05
50 Hiram
71 Denison
in Granville, Ohio
Mon Dec 10
73 Denison
50 at Oberlin
in Oberlin, Ohio
Thu Dec 13
53 Denison
63 at Heidelberg
in Tiffin, Ohio
Thu Dec 20
62 La Roche
75 Denison
in Granville, Ohio
Sat Dec 29
60 Denison
45 at Cincinnati Christian
in Cincinnati, Ohio
Thu Jan 03
46 Kenyon
55 Denison
in Granville, Ohio
Sat Jan 05
43 Ohio Wesleyan
60 Denison
in Granville, Ohio
Wed Jan 09
78 #19 DePauw
29 Denison
in Granville, Ohio
Sat Jan 12
76 Denison
55 at Allegheny
in Meadville, Pa.
Wed Jan 16
66 Denison
53 at Wooster
in Wooster, Ohio
Sat Jan 19
Final - 2OT
76 Wittenberg
78 Denison
in Granville, Ohio
Wed Jan 23
66 Denison
57 at Hiram
in Hiram, Ohio
Sat Feb 02
47 Oberlin
63 Denison
in Granville, Ohio
Wed Feb 06
65 Wooster
75 Denison
in Granville, Ohio
Sat Feb 09
54 Allegheny
66 Denison
in Granville, Ohio
Wed Feb 13
50 Denison
58 at #19 DePauw
in Greencastle, Ind.
Sat Feb 16
61 Denison
50 at Ohio Wesleyan
in Delaware, Ohio
Tue Feb 19
53 Hiram
82 Denison
in Granville, Ohio - NCAC Tournament Quarterfinal
Fri Feb 22
59 Ohio Wesleyan
68 vs. Denison
@ Greencastle, Ind. in Greencastle, Ind. - NCAC Tournament Semifinal
Sat Feb 23
4:00 PM
at DePauw
NCAC Tournament Championship
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Big first quarter sends #9 DePauw past Big Red

Lauren Hofer  |  Photo by Jace Delgado
Lauren Hofer | Photo by Jace Delgado

GRANVILLE, Ohio--  It was a rematch of the 2017 North Coast Athletic Conference Championship and for three quarters it resembled last year's rough-and-tumble title game that was won by DePauw by six points.  Unfortunately for Denison, a lopsided first quarter allowed the ninth-ranked Tigers jump out to a 20-3 lead.  Denison outscored DePauw 45-42 over the final 30 minutes, but the Tigers still managed to leave Livingston Gymnasium with a 62-48 win.

Entering the second quarter trailing by 17, the Big Red could have easily rolled over and lived to fight another day.  Instead, they adapted to DePauw's pace and turned the tables, matching the Tigers defensive intensity to outscore their opponents 19-14 in the second quarter.  Denison committed only one turnover in the second quarter and got scoring from six different players.

In the third, Denison turned in potentially its most impressive 10 minutes of the season outscoring DePauw 16-9 powered by 14 combined points by reserves Brittany Atkinson and Lauren Longbrake.

DU's frenetic third quarter was capped off by an Atkinson buzzer-beater.

In the fourth quarter, Denison's Lauren Hofer connected on a jumper off a nice feed from Longbrake to cut the deficit to 56-46 with 1:35 to play.  Forced to foul, DePauw went 6-for-8 down the stretch at the free throw line to stifle the Big Red's thoughts of an upset.

Atkinson led Denison with 15 points on 5-of-12 shooting.  Longbrake scored 13 points and had four rebounds in 19 minutes off the bench.  Denison's bench outscored DePauw 34-8.

Maya Howard paced the Tigers with 20 points on 9-of-18 shooting.  Melinda Franke added 10 points and 13 rebounds.  DePauw won the rebounding battle 43-27 while shooting 46 percent from the floor.  Denison shot 35 percent from the floor but struggled from long range, going 2-for-14.

DePauw improves to 15-1 and 7-0 in the NCAC while Denison drops to 8-8 and 3-4 in conference play. The Big Red will return to action on Wednesday (Jan. 17) when they travel to Hiram for a 7:30 p.m. tipoff against the Terriers.

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