Sixth-ranked Washington (Mo.) powers past Illinois Wesleyan 80-63 for victory
GREENCASTLE, Ind. -- Junior forward Melissa Gilkey and junior guard Alyssa Johanson combined for 26 second-half points as No. 6-ranked Washington (Mo.) used a big second half to pull away for an 80-63 win against Illinois Wesleyan Saturday afternoon in the Midwest Challenge hosted by DePauw.
Washington U. shot 48.3 percent (14-29) from the field in the second half to finish 25-of-62 (40.3 percent) from the field in the game. The Bears were 3-of-7 (42.9 percent) from 3-point range, and converted 27-of-43 (62.8 percent) from the free-throw line in the game. Illinois Wesleyan finished with 30.9 percent (21-68) shooting from the field, including 7-of-23 (30.4 percent) from beyond the arc, and was 14-of-20 (70 percent) from the free-throw line. Washington U. finished with a 48-41 rebounding advantage and forced 24 turnovers by the Titans.
Gilkey equaled her season-high and led all scorers with 22 points, including 15 in the second half, while Johanson scored 11 of her 13 points in the second half. Kristin Anda added 11 points, including nine in the first half, and team-highs of eight rebounds and five assists. Junior guard Maddy Scheppers also finished with 11 points, including a perfect 7-of-7 from the free-throw line.
No. 1 DePauw 86, Illinois College 58
GREENCASTLE, Ind. -- Top-ranked DePauw improved to 5-0 on the season and advanced to the title game of the Midwest Challenge following an 86-58 win against Illinois College. The Lady Blues dropped to 3-2 with the loss.
Emma Ondik paced DePauw with 14 points and hit all five field goal tries including four from beyond the arc. Lauren Abendroth followed with 14, while Alex Gasaway and Alison Stephens each dropped in 12. Stephens snagged nine rebounds to lead DePauw to a 39-30 edge on the boards.
Hannah McGinnis and Brittney Burgess paced Illinois College with 15 points apiece with McGinnis grabbing nine rebounds.
Wheaton (Ill.) 66, No. 2 Wisconsin-Whitewater 62
WHEATON, Ill. -- Wheaton (Ill.) used outstanding defense, timely offense and a school-record rebounding performance to defeat second-ranked Wisconsin-Whitewater 66-62 on Saturday night in King Arena.
The Wheaton defense held the high-scoring Warhawks' offense to its lowest output of the year, as UW-Whitewater entered the game averaging 91.3 points per game. Thunder senior Maris Hovee grabbed a school-record 22 rebounds on the night, including eight on the offensive glass. Hovee broke the previous single-game record of 20 rebounds, which had been set four times, most recently by Jenna Will on December 1, 1998.
The guests led by as many as eight points in the first half with a 21-13 lead with 8:40 left before halftime. Wheaton scored seven unanswered points to trim the Warhawks lead to 21-20 with 4:45 remaining. Ellie Zeller drained a three in the closing seconds of the first half to give Wheaton the 31-28 lead at the intermission. Zeller scored 18 points in the first half.
UW-Whitewater cut into the Thunder lead early in the second half to own a 45-38 lead for the guests with 14 minutes left in regulation. A 7-1 scoring surge for the Thunder trimmed the Warhawks' lead to 46-45 with 9:25 left in the game. A layup by Hovee with 4:31 remaining in the game tied the contests at 53-53 and a blocked shot by Lauren Graham on the guests' next possession gave Wheaton the ball and a basket by Moriah Reeves helped Wheaton regain the lead. A lead the hosts would not give up for the remainder of the game. Chantal Meacham hit a key three-pointer with 2:59 left in the game to increase Wheaton's lead to 60-53. Wheaton was 6-for-8 at the free throw line in the final minute to secure the win.
Zeller led all players with 22 points in the game, as she shot 9-for-13 from the field. Zeller added four assists. Meacham scored 13 points and Lauren Graham added nine points. Graham also contributed six rebounds, with three blocked shots. Wheaton shot 36.4 percent (24-66) from the field, with 23.1 percent (3-13) from behind the three-point arc and 62.5 percent (15-24). Wheaton out-rebounded the Warhawks 50-45, with a 14-12 edge on the offensive glass.
Mary Merg led UW-Whitewater with 21 points and Katie Burton scored 18 points. Amy Mandrell contributed a team-high 16 rebounds. The Warhawks shot 31.9 percent (22-69) from the field, with 41.9 percent (13-31) from three-point range and 62.5 percent (5-8) at the charity stripe.