For those of us who have watched Sarah Isaf knock down threes since she was a Mayo Lady Redbird, the shooting pose that popped up on a sports news feed was unmistakable.
There she was, like …
For those of us who have watched Sarah Isaf knock down threes since she was a Mayo Lady Redbird, the shootig pose that popped up on a sports news feed was unmistakable.
There she was, like we’ve seen so many times before shooting a jump shot over a defender. This time, instead of wearing Mayo’s red and white or Lady Tiger orange and black, Isaf is wearing the colors of DePauw University — and is finding her way.
Like her Paris Lady Tigers, DePauw women’s basketball team is also 5-0 and ranked Illinois ranked, Isaf’s DePauw team is ranked seventh in the country in NCAA Division III. The Tigers play in the North Coast Atlantic Conference.
DePauw, like Paris, is playing an abbreviated schedule due to the pandemic. The Greencastle, Ind., school originally had 11 games scheduled for a two-game trip to Wooster was canceled.
On Saturday, Feb. 13, DePauw, paced by Sarah Isaf’s career-high 24 points off the bench, took a 67-61 win over Denison in Neal Fieldhouse.
Denison grabbed a 15-6 lead in the opening quarter before the Tigers cut the deficit to 20-15 at the break. That lead reached 10 after Ava Warcaba hit a layup and a 3-pointer to make it 25-15. Isaf’s jumper and Grace Kinsey’s trey started a 13-0 run over a 2:36 stretch that put DePauw in front, 28-25. Isaf scored 10 of her 13 first-half points during the stretch. The Big Red knotted the score at 30-30 before DePauw took a 37-35 lead into the intermission.
The margin stayed within six points throughout the third and the Tigers took a 51-46 advantage into the final frame. After Denison cut the gap to 51-47, Campbell Montgomery converted in the paint before Kinsey drove the lane and Isaf knocked down a 3-pointer to make it 58-47 with 7:19 remaining.
Denison closed the gap back to seven, but buckets from Kinsey and Isaf pushed it back to 11 with just over four minutes left. DePauw’s largest lead was 65-53 after Kinsey completed a three-point play before the Big Red wrapped up the contest with an 8-2 stretch.
Isaf buried six 3-pointers in her 24-point effort, while Kinsey followed with a career-best 15 points and Hayley Cange notched her second-straight double-double with 11 points and 15 rebounds. Kinsey dished out four assists, while Lydia Stullken blocked a pair of shots.
Warcaba led Denison with 13 points and Mikaila Carpenter hauled down six boards.
DePauw shot 40.4 percent from the floor to Denison’s 35.9 percent and both teams hit nine 3-pointers. The Tigers outscored Denison from the line, 12-6 and committed just 10 turnovers.