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Indiana Wesleyan Flexes Muscles

March 09, 2012
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By Jake Knabel, NAIA Communications & Sports Information Intern

Sioux City, Iowa – (Box Score) Indiana Wesleyan dominated from start to finish in the most lopsided of contests through the first 18 games of the 2012 State Farm-NAIA Division II Women’s Basketball National Championship. The top-ranked Wildcats blistered the nets to the tune of 56.3 (9-for-16) percent shooting from beyond the arc, fueling a 67-38 win over Friends (Kan.) in Friday’s second round action.

Rachel Steinbarger knocked down four of her five attempts from deep, including back-to-back 3s that gave Indiana Wesleyan a 9-2 lead at the 16:56 mark of the first half. The Wildcats would keep on rolling from there, jetting out to a 34-4 lead with 6:01 left before building up to its largest lead of 49-10 at halftime.

Paige Smith came off the bench to lead Indiana Wesleyan with 18 points and 10 rebounds. Mid-Central College Player of the Year Krystal Stoneking was held to three points and six rebounds in 24 minutes of play.

Abby Fawcett, who had a game-high 25 points in Friends’ first round win, was the lone Falcon to record double-figures in scoring. Fawcett finished with 11 points, but was only 4-of-14 from the field. For the game, Friends shot just 30.4 percent.

For the second-consecutive season, Indiana Wesleyan (33-2) will meet Northwestern (Iowa) in the quarterfinal round. The Red Raiders eliminated the Wildcats 79-58 on the way to their second-straight national title and fourth in school history. Game time is set for 1 p.m. on Saturday.