GRANVILLE, Ohio – The College of Wooster women's basketball team could not get a win streak started Wednesday night, falling to Denison University 75-65 in North Coast Athletic Conference action.
Valesha Province led Denison with 17 points. Lauren Hofer scored 15, Lauren Longbrake scored 13 and Zyah Beal added 10.
Denison's 7-0 run to start the game was enough of a cushion for them to carry the lead throughout the rest of the game. After Denison ended the first quarter with a 21-11 lead, the two teams played even for the remainder three quarters.
Gibbs scored five straight points to bring the Scots to within four with 2:22 left in the first half. That was Wooster's best chance of closing the gap, but Denison expanded the lead back to 10 by halftime 39-29.
Wooster shot 39 percent (21-for-54) from the court and connected on just 8-of-24 attempts (33 percent) from beyond the arc. They also struggled at the free throw line, shooting just 56 percent (15-for-27).
Denison shot better than 50 percent for the game (32-for-61), hit 6-for-17 (35 percent) from deep and 5-for-9 (56 percent) from the foul line.
Wooster held the rebounding advantage 36-33. They also outscored the Big Red in second chance points 14-6 and bench points 27-23. Denison outscored the Scots in the paint 32-20.
The Scots drop to 6-16 overall and 2-11 in the conference, while Denison moves to 14-7 overall and 9-3 in the NCAC.
Wooster hosts Wittenberg University on Saturday.