Illinois Wesleyan routs Maryville
Lett tallies 25 points to spearhead Titans’ victory
CRESTVIEW HILLS, Ky. -- A late tip off didn't stop Illinois Wesleyan from getting off to a blazing start en route to a 42-point win (84-42) against Maryville (Tenn.) in the first round of the NCAA tournament.
The game started 90 minutes late due to severe weather in the Crestview Hills area as players on the teams were told to remain at their hotels during the delay.
When the first regional game did get underway IWU exploded out of the gate, leading 13-0 and holding Maryville scoreless for the first 6:02 of the game.
The Scots went without a field goal for nearly 10 minutes in the first half while IWU shot 64 percent (18 of 28) from the field and made eight of 12 3-pointers. IWU led 47-12 at the half, outrebounded the Scots 21-8 and forced 14 turnovers.
The Titans cooled off some, firing at a 54 clip (28 of 51) from the field and making 11 of 19 from beyond the arc.
Olivia Lett scored 25 points and Melissa Gardner added 14 in the rout.
The Titans held a commanding 44-26 rebounding edge as Karen Solari got a game-high seven boards.
Maryville (21-7) managed to shoot 24 percent from the field (13 of 54) and made three of 14 3-pointers. Kiera Payne scored 11 points to pace the Scots.