DU secures seventh straight win on Senior Day

Lucy Bancone  |  Photo by Jace Delgado
Lucy Bancone | Photo by Jace Delgado

GRANVILLE, Ohio – Thanks to a 13-0 scoring run to begin the second half and 33 combined points from Zyah Beal and Valesha Province, Denison women's basketball secured their seventh-straight victory on Saturday afternoon with a 66-54 win over Allegheny College on Senior Day in the regular-season home finale at Livingston Gymnasium. The victory moves the Big Red to 11-3 in the North Coast Athletic Conference and 15-7 overall. They currently sit in second place in the latest conference standings.

Outscoring the Gators 30-14 in the paint and 18-2 off the bench, the Big Red recovered from a 27-24 deficit at the half to shoot 56 percent from the field in the second half and tallied a 13-0 scoring run in the third quarter.

Trailing 27-24 at the break, the Big Red wasted no time in the second half with a jumper from Beal on DU's first possession to cut their deficit to one. Following back-to-back buckets from Province, a turnover from Allegheny gave the ball back to Denison where Beal increased their lead with a three to make it a 33-27 game.

On the next possession, Shonta Lockett secured her second straight steal to give the Gators their seventh turnover in the first five minutes of the third. Just like on Beal's three, senior Lucy Bancone assisted on another DU bucket, finding Province for her third basket of the second half. Beal and Province combined for 11 of Denison's 13-0 scoring run to take a 37-27 advantage with 4:40 to play in the quarter.

Despite AC's Delaney Arbore cutting DU's lead to seven, 43-36, with a three at the end of the third, the Big Red continued their hot shooting in the fourth with a 9-2 scoring run from Lockett, Lauren Longbrake, and Lauren Hofer to begin the quarter and take their largest lead of the night, 52-38, with 6:27 remaining in the game.

Another triple from Arbore at the 2:32 mark brought the Gator within single digits, but the Big Red went 10-of-14 from the field in the fourth and shot 71.4 percent in the quarter to record their 11th win in their last 12 games. Denison's seven-game winning streak is the program's longest streak since the 2015-16 season when DU won 16 straight games.

On a day that began with the senior recognition of Bancone, Province, and Sarah Youngs, Beal led DU with 17 points on 8-of-14 shooting and added four rebounds. Province tallied 16 points on 7-of-15 from the floor and chipped in five assists and four boards. Longbrake posted eight points and nine rebounds, while Lockett finished with seven points, eight rebounds, and three steals. Hofer added six points and six boards.

Arbore finished with a game-high 27 points on 4-of-10 from three and added seven rebounds and three assists. Zoe Soilis followed with nine points and five rebounds, while Julianna Skowron chipped in six points.

The Big Red will travel to Greencastle, Ind. next Wednesday, Feb. 13 for a 6 p.m. tip-off at DePauw University before wrapping up the regular season next Saturday, Feb. 16 at Ohio Wesleyan.

2018-19 Denison Women's Basketball Senior Day