GRANVILLE, Ohio – Denison women's basketball suffered a 70-52 loss to No. 3 DePauw University on Wednesday evening at Livingston Gymnasium.
The Tigers tamed the Big Red in the first half, outscoring Denison 45-21 through the first 20 minutes of action. Senior Sydney Kopp accounted for 13 of DePauw's 19 points in the first quarter, while the Tigers posted a 64.7 shooting percentage in the second frame on 11-of-17 from the field to take their double-digit lead into the break.
With DePauw leading by as many as 28, 52-24, in the third quarter, Denison's Zyah Beal tallied a team-best seven points in the third to keep the Big Red deficit at 24, 60-36, entering the fourth.
Led by eight points from Lily Morris in the final frame, Denison shot 50% from the field as they outscored DePauw 16-10 in the fourth, but the Tiger lead was too large to recover from as Denison suffered their second-straight loss and moved to 16-8 overall and 10-5 in the North Coast Athletic Conference. DePauw improved to 23-1 on the season and remained unbeaten in the NCAC at 15-0.
Morris highlighted Denison's efforts with 13 points on 3-of-5 from the perimeter while Beal chipped in 12 points. Lauren Longbrake tallied seven points and three rebounds off the bench while Aliyah Hunter added six points and three assists.
Helping DePauw shoot 50.9% for the game, Kopp finished with a game-high 27 points on 9-of-21 from the floor. Claire Keefe tallied 12 points and nine boards while Campbell Montgomery and Mya Shannon combined for 23 points off the bench.
Denison will close out the regular season on Saturday, February 22 when they host Ohio Wesleyan for a 1 p.m. tip-off.