Women's wrap: DePauw's 58-win streak ends

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Top-ranked DePauw saw its 58-game winning streak snapped on the eve of the NCAC tournament as Ohio Wesleyan (17-8, 12-4) knocked off the Tigers 65-64.

Freshman Taylor Dickson scored with 17 seconds to play to give the Battling Bishops the lead, and they held on for the win, grabbing the second seed in the conference tournament. DePauw led by five with 1:22 left before OWU scored the final six points of the game.

It's DePauw's first loss since March 3, 2012 and their first conference loss in the three seasons since the Tigers joined the NCAC.

Four teams finished perfect regular seasons. No. 2 Whitman beat Lewis and Clark to finish a perfect season in the NWC. Heather Johns tallied 28 points and 11 rebounds.

Fourth-ranked Thomas More eased past St. Vincent 87-69 to improve to 25-0 and finish running the table in the Presidents' Athletic Conference. Sydney Moss put up her 11th double-double of the season, scoring 34 points and added 10 rebounds.

No. 7 FDU-Florham also got through the 25-game schedule undefeated, winning 87-73 at Delaware Valley. Leigh-Ann Lively led the Devils with a career-high 25 points. The two teams will meet again in the Freedom Conference semifinals on Wednesday. Third-ranked Hope, already through with its MIAA schedule, rolled over Rochester (Mich.), a non-Division III school.

Paula Solis and Smith proved it's how you finish the regular season that counts.
Smith athletics file photo by Dale Lougee

Paula Solis scored the 1,000th point of her career and Smith handled Emerson, 81-68. With the win, the Pioneers clinched their first regular season NEWMAC title ever and have won nine of their last ten.

No. 24 Bowdoin stifled No. 20 Williams in the first half and ousted the Ephs from the NESCAC tournament, 71-46. The Polar Bears built a 43-15 halftime lead. Sara Binkhorst led Bowdoin with 22 points and seven assists. If Williams gets an at-large bid, the Ephs will have a 13-day layoff between games.

Bowdoin will play No. 9 Amherst next Saturday since the Lord Jeffs took care of Hamilton, 78-33. No. 6 Tufts will host the semifinals and play Trinity (Conn.), which edged Connecticut College 79-76.

No. 12 York (Pa.) captured the top seed in the CAC playoffs with a win and some help. The Spartans routed Southern Virginia 75-39 and Marymount knocked off No. 14 Christopher Newport, 74-60. Katelyn Fischer notched 14 points and 13 assists for the Saints.

Carthage defeated Millikin 77-64 to wrap up its second consecutive CCIW title. UW-Whitewater beat UW-Eau Claire 73-53 to run the table in the WIAC.

Saturday marked the end of the regular season for a large number of Division III teams and, for those seniors whose teams who didn't reach their conference tournaments, the end of their college basketball career. Three seniors at Mount Ida helped the Mustangs beat Simmons 55-51 and pick up their first conference win of the year in their memorable final game.