Tigers Roll to 78-39 Win over Coast Guard

Tigers  Roll to 78-39 Win over Coast Guard

Greencastle, Ind. - Sydney Kopp scored 14 of her game-high 23 points in the opening period and led DePauw to a 78-39 win over Coast Guard in the Amy Hasbrook Memorial Classic. The Tigers improved to 12-1 with their ninth straight win, while the Bears slipped to 2-7.

The teams exchanged buckets to start the game, but Kopp hit a pair of threes to begin a stretch in which she scored 11 straight points to give DePauw a 13-5 lead. She finished the quarter with another trey to push the Tigers' lead to 24-12 at the quarter break.

DePauw held the Bears to just five second-quarter points and expanded the lead to 37-17 at the intermission.

The Tigers sealed the victory early in the third as Claire Ryan scored before Kopp added the next seven to make it 46-19 with 6:08 left in the quarter.

Kopp's 23 came in just 22 minutes, while Kylie Morris added a career-high 11. Ryan paced the team with seven rebounds and seven assists, while committing just one turnover. Melinda Franke recorded a career-high six steals.

Gill Gerton led Coast Guard with 10 points, seven rebounds, four assists and three blocks.

DePauw shot 43.3 percent from the field to Coast Guard's 39.1 percent and the Tigers held a 43-28 advantage on the boards. DePauw turned it over just 11 times to the Bears' 24 as the Tigers led 26-5 in points off of turnovers. The Tigers' 16 steals led to a 20-0 advantage in fast break points. DePauw also held a 44-12 edge in points in the paint.

The Tigers return to North Coast Athletic Conference play on Wednesday, January 4 when they host Ohio Wesleyan at 6 p.m.