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Final
53 Denison
63 at Heidelberg
in Tiffin, Ohio
Thu Dec 20
Final
62 La Roche
75 vs. Denison
in Granville, Ohio
Sat Dec 29
Final
60 Denison
45 at Cincinnati Christian
in Cincinnati, Ohio
Thu Jan 03
Final
46 Kenyon
55 vs. Denison
in Granville, Ohio
Sat Jan 05
Final
43 Ohio Wesleyan
60 vs. Denison
in Granville, Ohio
Wed Jan 09
Final
78 #19 DePauw
29 vs. Denison
in Granville, Ohio
Sat Jan 12
Final
76 Denison
55 at Allegheny
in Meadville, Pa.
Wed Jan 16
Final
66 Denison
53 at Wooster
in Wooster, Ohio
Sat Jan 19
Final - 2OT
76 Wittenberg
78 vs. Denison
in Granville, Ohio
Wed Jan 23
Final
66 Denison
57 at Hiram
in Hiram, Ohio
Sat Feb 02
Final
47 Oberlin
63 vs. Denison
in Granville, Ohio
Wed Feb 06
Final
65 Wooster
75 vs. Denison
in Granville, Ohio
Sat Feb 09
Final
54 Allegheny
66 vs. Denison
in Granville, Ohio
Wed Feb 13
Final
50 Denison
58 at #19 DePauw
in Greencastle, Ind.
Sat Feb 16
Final
61 Denison
50 at Ohio Wesleyan
in Delaware, Ohio
Tue Feb 19
Final
53 Hiram
82 vs. Denison
in Granville, Ohio - NCAC Tournament Quarterfinal
Fri Feb 22
Final
59 Ohio Wesleyan
68 vs. Denison
@ Greencastle, Ind. in Greencastle, Ind. - NCAC Tournament Semifinal
Sat Feb 23
Final
50 Denison
61 at DePauw
NCAC Tournament Championship
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Denison advances to NCAC championship with win over OWU

Valesha Province  |  Photo by Levi Rex
Valesha Province | Photo by Levi Rex

GREENCASTLE, Ind.--  Denison women's basketball advanced to the championship of the North Coast Athletic Conference Tournament on Friday night after a 68-59 victory over Ohio Wesleyan.  The second-seeded Big Red will face top-seeded DePauw University in the tournament championship on Saturday at 4 p.m. in Greencastle.

Denison led wire-to-wire and built an 18-10 lead after the first quarter thanks to eight points off the bench by Alison Schafer.  A regular starter all season, Shafer recently returned from a late-season injury and has provided a necessary spark off the Denison bench.  She was 3-for-3 in the first quarter.

DU took a 35-23 lead into the locker room and expanded the lead to 16 midway through the third quarter.  In the third, Valesha Province scored five of her 14 points to send Denison into the fourth quarter with a 49-43 lead.

Province opened the fourth with a 3-pointer off a feed from Aliyah Hunter to put Denison on top by nine.  The Battling Bishops responded with a 7-1 run to make it a three-point game with six minutes to play.

After an OWU miss, senior Lucy Bancone nailed a 3-pointer to put Denison on top by eight with five minutes remaining.  A triple by Province with 3:23 to play put the game away for the Big Red.

Winners of 14 of its last 16, Denison advances to Saturday's championship.  DePauw defeated Wittenberg earlier in the night to set up the conference tournament final.

Schafer led all scorers with 20 points on 6-of-13 shooting.  She was 4-of-9 from 3-point range in 28 minutes.  Province scored 14 points while going 5-of-11 from the field.  Zyah Beal added eight points and Lauren Longbrake led Denison with eight rebounds. 

Tia Karras led OWU (11-16) with 17 points in 28 minutes.  Cierra Joiner tallied 14 points.

Denison (18-8) shot 46 percent from the field and were 8-of-21 from long range.  Ohio Wesleyan shot 36 percent from the field, going 19-of-52.  The Big Red held a 36-21 advantage on the glass.

DePauw University will provide a live video stream of the championship game at 4 p.m. The Big Red is seeking its eighth NCAC Tournament Championship and a berth to the NCAA Division III Tournament. 

Denison women's basketball celebrates a win