Huntington, Ind. - The Wildcats of Indiana Wesleyan University (22-3, 11-1) showed just why they're ranked No. 8 in the nation as they routed the Foresters of Huntington University (14-10, 6-6) 61-41 in Saturday's MCC match-up.
The only lead the Foresters enjoyed was on their opening possession as the Wildcats reeled off the next 11 points to take a lasting lead. Wesleyan's defense, ranked tops in NAIA Division II, proved to be too much for Foresters over the next ten minutes as they only managed nine points. The Wildcats, on the other hand, more than doubled HU's output to push ahead 31-11 with five minutes remaining in the half. Lauren Meese and Amy Kramer teamed up to score nine points in the final minutes to trim the lead to 34-20 by the halftime buzzer.
Sarah Miller scored six consecutive points to lead a second half Forester charge that erased the Wildcats' lead to four at 36-32 with 13 minutes left in the contest. Huntington stayed within striking distance over the next several minutes but it wasn't long before Wesleyan delivered the knock-out punch with a 14-1 run that proved to be too much for the Foresters to overcome as the Wildcats cruised to the twenty-point win.
Miller was the only Forester to reach double digits with 14 points. Kelsey Green finished with a team-high nine boards. Elaine Hessel topped all scorers with 15 points. Ashley Brooks chipped in 14 points and dished out four assists.
The Foresters are back in action on Wednesday when they travel to Bethel for a 7:00 p.m. tip-off. Box Score