Seventh-ranked Tigers Make it 16 Straight with 20-point Win at Hiram

Seventh-ranked Tigers Make it 16 Straight with 20-point Win at Hiram

Hiram, Ohio - DePauw used a 20-2 run that bridged the third and fourth quarters to pull away from host Hiram and claim a 68-48 North Coast Athletic Conference win over the Terriers. The Tigers, ranked seventh in the latest coaches' poll and eighth by D3hoops.com, improved to 20-1 overall and 12-0 in the NCAC with their 16th straight win. Hiram dropped to 10-11 overall and 6-6 in conference play.

Hiram jumped out to a 5-0 lead in the opening two minutes and trailed just 20-17 after the first quarter as the Tigers closed the stanza on a 5-0 run. DePauw briefly stretched the lead to as many as 10 before heading to the intermission with a 32-24 advantage.

The Terriers were still within seven at 44-37 after Erica Johsnon's free throw with 4:06 left in the third. Emily Budde hit two free throws before Claire Keefe's layup pushed the margin to double digits. Maya Howards' 3-pointer followed by Keefe's three-point play and two more charity tosses from Howard extended DePauw's lead to 56-39 after three.

DePauw put the game away early in the fourth as Sydney Kopp, Kylie Morris, Hayley Cange and Melinda Franke each hit buckets to make it 64-39.

Howard led DePauw with 17 points and four assists, while Keefe added 13 points and Cange scored a career-high 12. Madison Branch scored 16 for the Terriers and Bri Burgos followed with 13. Allison Vannoy dished out eight assists in the loss.

DePauw held a 34-27 edge on the boards as Melinda Franke grabbed seven for the Tigers. Amanda Holzman paced Hiram with six.

The Tigers shot 48.1 percent from the field and knocked in 6 of 11 3-pointers, while Hiram shot 35.3 percent from the floor.

DePauw wraps up the weekend road trip with a 2 p.m. game tomorrow at Allegheny.