Ohio Wesleyan Upends Top-Ranked DePauw

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Freshman post Taylor Dickson scored with :17 to play to give Ohio Wesleyan the lead, and the Battling Bishops held on to upset top-ranked DePauw in North Coast Athletic Conference action on Saturday at Branch Rickey Arena.

The win marked the first time on record that Ohio Wesleyan has defeated the No. 1-ranked team in the nation, and ends DePauw's overall winning streak of 58 games as well as its streak of 47 consecutive North Coast Athletic Conference wins.  The win also gives Ohio Wesleyan the No. 2 seed in next week's NCAC tournament.

DePauw had taken a 64-59 lead on a Savannah Trees jumper with 1:22 left in the contest.

Sophomore post Emily Julius answered with a lay-in on the other end and was fouled on the play.  Julius missed the free throw, but junior post Kristin Henning grabbed the rebound and dished to junior post LaNiece McRae, who was fouled and sank both free throws to bring the Bishops within 64-63 with 1:01 to go.

Hannah Douglas misfired on a 3-pointer for DePauw with :33 left, with Alison Stephens grabbing the rebound.  Stephens was fouled with :29 to play but missed the front end of the one-and-one, with McRae getting the rebound for Ohio Wesleyan.

After a timeout, the Bishops got the ball into McRae in the post.  McRae's jumper was off the mark, but Dickson was there for the putback to give Ohio Wesleyan the lead with :17 to play.

DePauw called timeout at the :11 mark, and Trees ended up with the ball on the left wing with an open path to the basket, but Alex Gasaway was called for an illegal screen on the play, giving the ball back to Ohio Wesleyan with :02 remaining.

On the inbounds play, the Bishops threw the ball to halfcourt, where Gasaway intercepted the pass and got a look at a game-winning 3-point shot, but her shot was wide of the hoop.

Ohio Wesleyan played one of its finest halves of season in building a 15-point first-half lead.  The Bishops broke a 9-9 tie with a 16-4 run that included 3-pointers by Julius and Henning, along with a pair of Henning hoops and buckets from senior wing Julia Grimsley, sophomore guard Hanna Fedorka, and McRae.

DePauw closed to within 25-18 on an Emma Ondik 3-pointer, but a 3-pointer and a jumper from Dickson and a later 6-0 run that included a pair of McRae baskets helped the Bishops to a 38-23 lead with 3:06 left in the half.

The Tigers turned up the intensity on defense early in the second half, forcing 8 turnovers during the opening 5 minutes of the period while outscoring Ohio Wesleyan, 11-3, to close within 41-38 at the 15:07 mark.

Ohio Wesleyan withstood that Tiger charge and built the lead back to 58-50 on a pair of Dickson free throws with 5:59 left in regulation time, only to see DePauw rally with a 14-1 run that featured 8 points from Hannah Douglas, a Stephens lay-in that tied the game at 59, and Trees' jumper that gave DePauw the 64-59 lead with 1:22 to go.

McRae led the Bishops with 18 points and 8 rebounds.  Julius followed with 12 points, and Grimsley and Henning scored 10 points apiece.  Henning and junior guard Sarah McQuade collected 4 assists apiece.

Trees led DePauw with 20 points, followed by Gasaway with 11 and Douglas with 10.