GRANVILLE, Ohio – Highlighted by four different players finishing in double figures and a strong start in the first quarter, Denison women's basketball secured their sixth straight win on Wednesday evening when they defeated the College of Wooster 75-65 at Livingston Gymnasium in Granville. With the win, the Big Red improved to 14-7 overall and 10-3 in the NCAC, currently sitting in second place with three games remaining.
Led by 52.5 percent shooting on the night and 32 points in the paint compared to Wooster's 20, the Big Red outscored the Fighting Scots 21-11 in the first quarter on 9-of-15 shooting and never relinquished the lead throughout the game.
Following a 7-0 scoring run to begin the game, Denison went up by eight with 4:04 to play when junior Lauren Longbrake connected on her layup after the Wooster foul and completed the three-point play at the line.
A three from Anna Gibbs and a layup form Maria Janasko cut the Wooster deficit to 16-11 with less than three minutes remaining in the first, but the Big Red followed with five-straight points from Zyah Beal and Alison Schafer to end the frame and carried a 21-11 advantage into the second.
Despite the Scots cutting Denison's lead to six, 35-29, with 1:32 to play in the first half, the Big Red received eight second-quarter points from Lauren Hofer on 4-of-6 shooting and back-to-back baskets from Longbrake to finish the half and enter the break with a 10 point lead, 39-29.
Leading 56-45 entering the final quarter, Valesha Province took control of DU's offensive attack and went 3-of-3 from the perimeter for a team-high nine points to help the Big Red start the frame on 19-11 scoring run.
Janasko scored six of Wooster's final nine points, but Denison was too far ahead as they held off the Fighting Scots for their sixth straight victory.
Province posted a team-best 17 points on 5-of-10 shooting from three in 35 minutes of action. Hofer followed with 15 points, six rebounds, and three assists, while Longbrake led the DU bench with 13 points and four boards. Beal chipped in 10 points, and Aliyah Hunter and Shonta Lockett combined for 17 points, 10 rebounds, and eight assists.
Gibbs tallied a game-high 20 points for the Fighting Scots on 6-of-13 from the field. Janasko added 17 points and six rebounds off the bench and Kyle Croxton contributed 11 points.
Winners of 10 of their last 11 games and currently sitting in second place in the conference standings, the Big Red will return to action this Saturday, Feb. 9 for their regular season home finale when they welcome the Gators of Allegheny College to Granville.