LA CROSSE, Wis. – Indiana Wesleyan women’s basketball held their own Friday, opening up the 2018-19 season in an NAIA Top-10 battle against No. 1 Concordia. Trailing just four headed into the half, CU increased their lead to 12 in the third quarter outscoring the Wildcats 22-14. Despite scoring 23 points in the fourth quarter, the Bulldogs shot 65% in the fourth handing IWU an 81-68 loss.
The Wildcats struggled against the Concordia pressure turning the ball over 38 times, the highest mark since the 2015-16 season when IWU turned it over 37 times against Olivet Nazarene in the NAIA Round of 15.
OUTSIDE THE BOX
- Anne Secrestmade her Wildcat debut Friday shooting 6-of-10 from the field for 14 points. Coming off the bench, Secreast netted six rebounds, two steals, and one assist in 24 minutes of action.
- Wildcat reserves Elaina Ededuwaand Anne Secrest tallied scoring bests for IWU, scoring 12 and 14 points respectively.
- IWU shot ten more free throws than CU, making 18-of-24 for just 64%. CU knocked in 13-of-18 for 72%.
- CU guard, Taylor Cockerill poured in 38 points off the bench for the Bulldogs, while CU’s two 2017-18 All-American’s Quinn Wragge and Taylor Cockerill scored just 17 points.
- Concordia threw up 26 more shots than the Wildcats in a game that consisted of two ties and five lead changes.
- Give credit where credit is due. Coach Olsen and Concordia imposed their will on us. They’re the best in the country at applying pressure and we didn’t handle it well. At times we were able to put pressure on them offensively but for too many spurts, they were the aggressor and had us on our heels.
NEXT TIME OUT
- IWU faces either No.22 Cardinal Stritch or Viterbo tomorrow at 2:30 p.m.