|Jaedon Muprhy’s 18 points helped Wartburg top Loras in a battle for first place in the ARC on Wednesday night..
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No. 11 Wartburg tightened its grip on first place in the ARC by fending off No. 19 Loras in overtime while No. 25 Gettysburg grabbed a share of first place in the Centennial with a win over No. 9 Johns Hopkins. Plus, no. 23 UW-Oshkosh pulled even with No. 5 UW-Whitewater in the WIAC and No. 2 Transylvania took its winning streak to 53 straight games in Wednesday’s NCAA Division III women’s basketball action.
Wartburg entered the fourth quarter with a 46-30 lead but Loras closed the gap with a 14-4 run capped by Sami Martin’s layup with 4:01 left in regulation. After Sara Faber pushed the Knights’ lead back to six with two free throws, the Duhawks rallied to tie the game on Madison Fleckenstein’s three-pointer with eight seconds left in the fourth quarter.
Wartburg seized control for good in overtime with a 7-0 run that gave the Knights a 58-51 lead with 13 seconds left. Jaedon scored 18 points for Wartburg (19-2, 12-0 ARC) including a clutch three-pointer that put the Knights up 55-51 in overtime. More photos from this game
Wartburg effectively has a three-game lead on Loras with only four conference games remaining after sweeping the Duhawks.
No. 23 UW-Oshkosh shut down No. 5 UW-Whitewater in the fourth quarter and beat the Warhawks, 57-46, to pull even with them in the WIAC standings.
After Kacie Carollo’s jumper gave UW-Whitewater a 43-36 lead in the opening minute of the fourth period, the Titans held the Warhawks to just three points the rest of the way. UW-Oshkosh took the lead on two free throws by Kate Huml and then Bridget Froehlke made a jumper that pushed the Titans advantage to 49-46. The Titans went 8 for 10 from the foul line in the closing minutes to seal the win.
Kennedy Osterman scored 14 points, mostly from the foul line where she made all seven attempts. UW-Oshkosh (16-4, 7-2 WIAC) shot 80 percent (20 for 25) at the charity stripe while the Warhawks managed eight assists against 19 turnovers.
No. 25 Gettysburg celebrated its entry into the Top 25 by ending No. 9 Johns Hopkin’s 17-game winning streak, 78-67, and joining the Blue Jays atop the Centennial Conference standings.
The Bullets held a 45-30 lead at the half and then squelched Johns Hopkins’ attempted rally when Alayna Arnolie hit a three-pointer that pushed Gettysburg’s lead back to 10 with less than two minutes left. Arnolie finished with a career-high 22 points for Gettysburg (16-3, 13-1 CC), which split its regular season games with the Blue Jays.
No. 2 Transylvania all-but-clinched another regular season HCAC title by defeating Hanover, 62-50. The defending national champions led wire-to-wire and converted 20 Hanover turnovers into 22 points. Dasia Thornton posted a double-double for Transylvania (20-0, 13-0 HCAC), which swept both games from the Panthers and third-place Mount St. Joseph.
With the win, Transylvania tied FDU-Florham for the seventh longest winning streak in NCAA Division III women’s basketball history at 53 games.
No. 3 Rhode Island College also stayed perfect by beating the second place team in its conference, as the Anchorwomen sank Mass-Dartmouth, 62-50. Jeniyah Jones had her first double-double of the season with 12 points and 14 rebounds for RIC (21-0, 12-0 LEC).
No. 8 Catholic also kept its spotless record intact with an 89-74 win over Elizabethtown. Keegan Douglas scored 21 points on 8-for-10 shooting with three 3-pointers for the Cardinals who have won a program-best 20 consecutive games.
In a game between two of the five teams that entered the day tied for first in the NEWMAC, No. 21 Smith topped Coast Guard, 77-55. The conference now has a three-way tie for first with the Pioneers, Springfield and MIT all sitting at 5-1 in the NEWMAC. Clark slipped one game off the pace after a 52-39 loss at WPI.