|Taylor Dickson and her post
partner Emily Julius outscored DePauw's starting forwards
Ohio Wesleyan file photo by Sarah Blake
Ohio Wesleyan stunned No. 8 DePauw 72-65 in the NCAC semifinals and busted someone's chances to enter the 2015 NCAA tournament as an at-large team.
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Ohio Wesleyan's starting front court of Taylor Dickson and Emily Julius combined for 32 points, including eight 3-pointers. Julius hit five threes while DePauw made just two total as a team.
DePauw's loss is just its second ever to an NCAC opponent since the Tigers joined the conference in 2011. The other loss was also against Ohio Wesleyan during the regular season last year. Since DePauw is a lock to make the NCAA tournament, the NCAC will get two bids for the first time in several years.
Baruch exploded for 44 points in the second half of the CUNYAC championship game and cruised past Brooklyn, 60-39. The Bearcats trailed the Bulldogs 20-16 at the break, but Baruch shot 55 percent in the second half. Bearcats guard Iyana Abrams scored more points in the second half (14) than the Brooklyn starters combined (12). Baruch captured its eighth consecutive CUNYAC title.
After UW-Oshkosh lost both of its regular season games to UW-Eau Claire, the Titans rebounded in a big way in the WIAC tournament. Oshkosh held the Blugolds to four field goals in the second half and drubbed Eau Claire 65-36. The Titans will meet UW-Superior in the final. The Yellowjackets cruised past UW-Stevens Point 58-36.
Emory and Henry surprised second-seeded Randolph-Macon 93-81 in the ODAC tournament quarterfinal. Conference Rookie of the Year Chloe Harris paced the Wasps with 21 points. The Yellow Jackets, which were slotted fourth in this week's South Region Rankings, drop into the pool of teams hoping for an at-large bid.
As usual, most the women's tournaments went according to form. The top two seeds advanced to the finals of the ASC, CCIW, Centennial, Presidents', SUNYAC and USA South Athletic Conference tournaments.