Tuesday: Passing first term finals

Jo Herd-Middlebrooks and Marietta set a new program record for victories to start the season.
Photo by Tom Perry, Marietta athletics

The Marietta women and York (Pa.) men closed the first semester with hard-fought wins while Todd Raridon reached a milestone at North Central (Ill.) and Hope took the first of two against Baldwin Wallace. 

No. 21 Marietta defeated Washington and Jefferson 86-71 in a battle of unbeaten teams looking for one more win before taking a break for the holidays. The Pioneers took control of the game in the first half and built a 41-34 lead at the break. Marietta pushed the lead to 13 before Washington and Jefferson whittled it down to six at the end of the third period. The Pioneers (9-0) used a full court press to spark an 11-0 run and put the game out of reach. Recap

Laura Pullins led five Pioneers in double-figure scoring with 13 points. Danielle Parker paced Washington and Jefferson (8-1) with 17 points.

No. 7 Hope won the first of two consecutive games with Baldwin Wallace 55-53 despite its starters combining for only 28 points. Arika Tolbert scored 14 points off the Flying Dutch's bench in a game that had almsot as many personal fouls (44) as field goals (45). The teams will play again in Orlando on Thursday. Box score

No. 18 Muhlenberg finished 2017 with a 55-47 win over regional rival DeSales. Chelsea Gary had 16 points and 11 rebounds for the Mules (11-0). Box score

No. 10 Thomas More tuned up for tomorrow's showdown against No. 2 Christopher Newport by rolling over Willamette 76-56. Madison Temple scored 27 points and Nikki Kiernan added 14 for the Saints (9-1). Thomas More will play Christopher Newport at 6 pm tomorrow in Hawaii. Box score

Wisconsin Lutheran defended Division III's honor by handling NAIA St. Francis (Ill.), 73-54. Four of the Warriors starters scored double figures led by 18 from Coreana Carson.

Men's recap follows below

Connor Raridon made sure his father Todd wouldn't have to wait any longer to get the 500th win of his coaching career.
Photo by Steve Woltmann

In men's action, Todd Raridon picked up his 500th career coaching victory when North Central (Ill.) defeated Albion, 92-78. Raridon's son, Connor, led the Cardinals with 36 points, including 21 in the second half. Raridon has 231 wins in 13 years at North Central and 269 from his 15-year tenure at Nebraska Wesleyan. Recap

Wheaton (Ill.) scored the most impressive win of the night as the Thunder beat No. 7 Whitworth in Spokane, 92-84. Wheaton led for much of the game, though the Pirates pulled within one at 78-77 with three minutes to play. Spencer Peterson answered with two free throws, a rebound off a Pirates' miss and then two more free throws to push the lead back to two possessions. Peterson finished with 18 points, including eight in the final three minutes, and Aston Francis picked up 21 points, nine assists and six rebounds. The loss is Whitworth's first non-conference regular season defeat since Nov. 22, 2015.

After entering the Top 25 for the first time in a decade, York (Pa.) defended its ranking with a 66-63 win over Dickinson. Dickinson (5-4) seemed poised for the upset when Bryce Allen made two free throws to put the Red Devils in front by nine with 3:11 to play. The Spartans (9-0) held Dickinson to three points the rest of the way and completed its comeback on a Matt Scamuffo three-pointer with 29 seconds left. York will return to action on Dec. 29 when they play No. 2 Middlebury at Washington and Lee's tournament. Box score

No. 4 UW-Oshkosh went to the west coast and overwhelmed George Fox, 79-58. The Bruins had no answer for the Titans' inside-out balance as Jack Flynn posted 10 points and 13 rebounds and Ben Boots tallied 16 points and five assists. 

Cabrini rebounding machine Tyheim Monroe collected 17 more and the Cavaliers picked up a 83-79 win over Chapman in Miami. Cabrini plays Eastern Connecticut tomorrow. Kashaun Barnes hit four 3-pointers and scored 20 points for Stockton as the Ospreys topped Linfield in Oregon, 76-64. Averett topped North Carolina Wesleyan 91-88 to end its two-game skid behind 24 points from James Contreras, Jr.