Ill. Wesleyan sizzles, tops Webster
Titans shoot 54.7 percent from field to pull away after halftime
BLOOMINGTON, Ill. -- Sophomore Melissa Gardner came off the bench to score 19 points and hit five 3-pointers to pace the Illinois Wesleyan to an 82-70 win against Webster in the first round of the NCAA Division III Women's Basketball Tournament at the Shirk Center.
The Titans, who improved to 24-4 with the victory, now host 26-3 Wisconsin Lutheran at 7 p.m. on Saturday in an NCAA second-round game. The Warriors posted a 73-59 win against Wisconsin-La Crosse in the other first round game at the Shirk Center.
Junior Olivia Lett contributed 18 points and senior Stacey Arlis made all six of her field goal attempts, scoring 13 points. Senior Hope Schulte added 11 points.
Illinois Wesleyan held a solid rebound edge of 30-21, led by six each from Lett, Arlis and junior Karen Solari. The Gorloks committed 25 turnovers to 20 for IWU.
IWU, which led 44-26 at the half, shot 54.7 percent from the field (29 of 53) and made 8 of 14 3-point field-goal tries. IWU made 16 of 21 from the free throw line.
Webster shot 48.8 percent (21 of 43) from the field and knocked in 10 of 19 from beyond the 3-point arc. The Gorloks, who got 19 points from Katy Meyer and 17 from Tori Fenemor, outscored IWU by a 44-38 score in the second half. In the game, Webster made 18 of 25 free throws.
In the first game of the night, Wisconsin Lutheran got 21 points from Erika Laete, 20 out of Rachel Johnson and 13 from Rachel Hoft, who made four 3-pointers.