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Women's Basketball Opens Season with 27th Annual Damon's/Hampton Inn Tip-Off Classic

Women's Basketball Opens Season with 27th Annual Damon's/Hampton Inn Tip-Off Classic




WILMINGTON, Ohio – The Wilmington College women's basketball team opens its 2018-19 campaign by hosting the 27th annual Damon's/Hampton Inn Tip-Off Classic at Hermann Court this weekend.

The Schedule: Wilmington will face Grove City College (Pennsylvania) on Friday at 6:30 p.m. as well as Kenyon College on Sunday at 2 p.m. Grove City and Kenyon will compete in a neutral site contest at Hermann Court on Saturday at 3 p.m.

The Teams: Wilmington, Grove City and Kenyon. The Damon's/Hampton Inn Tip-Off Classic will be the Fightin' Quakers' first games of the season. Wilmington finished 11-15 and qualified for its 18th consecutive Ohio Athletic Conference (OAC) Tournament last season. The Wolverines, who finished 18-10 on the year in 2017-18, opened this season with an 89-40 victory over the University of Pittsburgh-Greensburg on Tuesday. The Ladies opened their season with an 88-67 victory over the College of Wooster on Wednesday.

The Coaches: Jerry Scheve is in his 29th season as head coach of the Wilmington women's basketball program. Scheve, who guided the Quakers to the NCAA Division III National Championship in 2004, has amassed over 450 career victories. Chelle Fuss has been Grove City's women's basketball coach for five seasons while Suzanne Helfant is at the helm of Kenyon's program for the 24th season.

The Players: Mackenzie Campbell did it all for Wilmington last season, leading the Quakers in points per game (14.1), rebounds per game (6.8) and assists per game (2.8). Savannah Hooper also returns for her final year of eligibility after averaging 8.4 points and 2.8 assists per game in 2017-18. Kate Balcom scored a team-high 24 points for Grove City in its season-opening victory while Sedona Campbell turned in a double-double with 17 points and 11 rebounds. Paige Matijasich and Jessica Gerber combined to score 37 points in Kenyon's win over Wooster.

Tale of the Tape (2017-18): Points per game – Wilmington 64.8, Grove City 67.4, Kenyon 59.0; opponents' points per game – Wilmington 68.5, Grove City 59.4, Kenyon 51.3; field goal percentage – Wilmington 39.6, Grove City 41.1, Kenyon 38.4; three-point percentage – Wilmington 31.1, Grove City 32.0, Kenyon 31.7; free throw percentage – Wilmington 74.5, Grove City 70.1, Kenyon 71.2; rebounds per game – Wilmington 41.7, Grove City 40.0, Kenyon 38.8; assist-to-turnover ratio – Wilmington 0.72, Grove City 0.70, Kenyon 0.9.

Recent History: Wilmington is 2-0 against both Grove City and Kenyon since becoming an NCAA Division III member prior to the 1991-92 season. More information on the series history can be found by visiting the link above.

Coverage: Live statistics and live video of all three games will be available – visit the links above.

Social Media: Wilmington athletics is represented on Facebook (Wilmington College Athletics), Twitter (@DubCQuakers) and Instagram (@DubCQuakers). Follow all the happenings of Wilmington College on social media by using the hashtag "#WeAreDubC".

Up Next: Wilmington hosts the Fred Raizk Memorial Tournament next weekend.