Denison University posted top-five finishes in 19 of 23 sports to earn the North Coast Athletic Conference All-Sports Championship for the 12th time in school history. The Big Red opened the year with top-five finishes in five of the seven fall sports, and kept the momentum rolling into the winter season with five more top-five finishes, including league titles in men's swimming & diving and women's swimming & diving. DU capped off the year with a strong showing in the spring season, finishing in the top-five in nine of the 10 sports, including the outright NCAC title in men's lacrosse. The Big Red secured the 2013 All-Sports title by compiling 165.0 total points, edging out 2012 All-Sports champion DePauw (159.5) by five-and-a-half points.
After leading the DePauw women's basketball team to the 2013 NCAA Division III National Championship and an NCAA Div. III record 34-0 record, head coach Kris Huffman was named the D3hoops.com Coach of the Year. Also earning All-America honors from D3hoops.com was DPU junior forward Alex Gasaway (Crawfordsville, IN/Crawfordsville) who was a third-team selection.
The 2012-13 North Coast basketball season came to a close last weekend with the DePauw University women’s basketball team capturing the NCAA Division III National Championship and The College of Wooster men’s basketball team bowing out of the 2013 NCAA Div. III Men’s Basketball Tournament.
DePauw University (34-0) bested Wisconsin Whitewater (26-7), 69-51, to claim the 2012-13 NCAA Division III Women's Basketball championship. The Tigers victory capped a perfect season and gave DePauw more wins in a single season than any other Division III team has ever posted. The 34 wins breaks the Division III record for wins in a season and the Tigers are the only team in North Coast Athletic Conference history to post an undefeated overall record; they're the seventh team to do so in NCAA Division III history. The championship is the second for DePauw, which also took home the crown in 2007, and is the first women's basketball title for the NCAC.
DePauw sophomore Hannah Lukemeyer (Bloomington, IN/North) has been named the recipient of the Elite 89 award for the 2013 NCAA Division III Women's Basketball Championship. Lukemeyer is majoring in kinesiology and currently carries a 3.973 cumulative grade point average. The Elite 89, an award founded by the NCAA, recognizes the true essence of the student-athlete by honoring the individual who has reached the pinnacle of competition at the national championship level in his or her sport, while also achieving the highest academic standard among his or her peers.
DePauw senior Kate Walker (Indianapolis, IN/Perry Meridian) has been named to the Women's Basketball Coaches Association (WBCA) Division III Coaches' All-America Team as an honorable mention selection. Walker has led DPU to a 32-0 record and a spot in the NCAA Div. III Women's Basketball Tournament semifinals for the third time in school history.
The NCAA Division III Men’s and Women’s Basketball Tournaments continues this weekend with the women's semifinal round Friday and the men's third round Saturday. The DePauw University women’s basketball team is headed to the semifinals for the third time in school history after cruising through the sectional rounds of the national tournament in Greencastle last weekend. The Tigers (32-0) knocked off Washington (MO), 59-42, in the sectional semifinals and then booked their ticket to Holland, Michigan, with a 76-55 triumph over Christopher Newport in the sectional finals. The Tigers, who now own the school record for wins in a season, will square off against Williams (27-5) in the national semifinals on Friday, at Hope College’s DeVos Fieldhouse. On the men's side, Wooster (24-5) cruised into the third round with an 80-54 victory over Dickinson. The Fighting Scots will now host Cabrini (24-5) at 7:00 p.m. in a third round contest on Saturday, at Timken Gymnasium. The game will feature the last two national runner-ups in Div. III, Wooster in 2011 and Cabrini in 2012. In preparation for this weekend's action, Russell Kramer, NCAC Assistant Executive Director, caught up with both head coaches to delve into each team's mindset.
Three North Coast Athletic Conference women's basketball players were named to the D3hoops.com All-Great Lakes Region Team and DePauw head coach Kris Huffman was tabbed Coach of the Year. Along with DePauw, Kenyon was also represented on one of the three all-region squads.