Saturday women: UAA shows mettle

Rachael Sondag scored 16 points for Washington U. in its win over DePauw.
Photo by Washington U. athletics

The UAA improved its collective record to 30-4 following key wins by Washington U, Carnegie Mellon and Case Western, among others.

No. 9 Washington outlasted DePauw in a defensive struggle at the Midwest Challenge, 60-48. The Bears held the Tigers to 30 percent shooting (16-for-54) and Wash U's reserves outscored DePauw's 35-6. 

Washington U (4-0) will play Illinois Wesleyan in the Sunday finale after the Titans took care of Illinois College, 76-60.

No. 18 Carnegie Mellon got a last-second jumper from Jackie Hudepohl to complete a second-half rally and edge St. Vincent, 71-69. Susie Ellis hit a three for the Bearcats to tie the game with nine seconds left before Hudepohl rolled in her game-winning shot. All-American Lisa Murphy had 16 points and 15 rebounds for the Tartans (5-0).

Kara Hageman, Hillary Hellman and Jess McCoy combined for 63 points and Case Western Reserve needed all of them to nip Oberlin 74-73 in overtime. New York University had an easier time with Staten Island as the Violets (5-0) defeated the Dolphins 84-69.

Sunday's schedule has several tough tests for UAA teams, including Brandeis at No. 1 Tufts and Chicago at Carthage.

In other Top 25 action, No. 5 Scranton used a big second quarter to blow open its game against old MAC rival King's. The Lady Royals outscored the Monarchs 27-8 in the second frame and cruised to an 89-52 victory. No. 10 Wartburg defeated UW-Eau Claire 65-47 in the Knights' final tune up before IIAC play begins on Wednesday.

Rowan defeated Lehman 107-89 in a meeting of 2016 NCAA tournament teams as the Profs' reserves outscored Lehman's 47-0. Amely Del Rosario poured in 40 points for the Lightning. Stevenson used a balanced attack to down FDU-Florham 68-61 for its second win over a 2016 NCAA tournament participant in eight days. Three Mustangs scored 13 points and a fourth scored 12.

Rose-Hulman stymied the normally potent North Central (Ill.) offense as the Fighting Engineers defeated the Cardinals 73-49. North Central led Division III in scoring and was held below 70 points just twice last season. Maryville topped Denison 65-53, sending the Big Red to its fourth loss in five games.