SIOUX CITY, Iowa – (Box Score) Defending national champion Indiana Wesleyan continued its quest to win a second-straight title with a 79-50 win against No. 6 Oklahoma Wesleyan Wednesday night in first round action of the 2014 NAIA Division II Women’s Basketball National Championship, presented by State Farm. The No. 3 seed Wildcats are now 11-1 all-time in the first round of the event.
Indiana Wesleyan, which entered the game ranked among the top 10 in the NAIA in scoring defense per game, total rebound defense, 3-point field goal percentage defense and field goal percentage defense, held Oklahoma Wesleyan to season lows in points (50) and field goal percentage (20.9 percent).
The Wildcats controlled the tempo from the opening tip, racing out to a 16-5 lead over the course of the game’s firsts seven minutes. Oklahoma Wesleyan cut the deficit to seven twice, however each time Indiana Wesleyan responded with a scoring burst of its own. The Wildcats closed the half on a 22-10 run, capped by a 3-pointer by Emma Stahl with 10 seconds remaining.
Indiana Wesleyan continued its momentum into the second half, pushing its lead out to as many as 33 points en route to the win.
Senior guard Taylor Goshert posted her eighth straight – 23rd of the season – double-digit performance with a game-high 26 points on 4-for-8 shooting and a 15-for-18 effort at the free throw line. She also led the team with six rebounds. Joining Goshert in double figures was sophomore Carlee Cottrell with 14 points.
As a team, Indiana Wesleyan shot 46.0 percent (23-for-50) from the field and 71.9 percent (23-for-32) at the charity stripe. The Wildcats’ bench also performed well, outscoring the Oklahoma Wesleyan reserves, 21-16.
The Lady Eagles, who fall to 22-12 on the year, were led in scoring by senior Megan Jones’ 12 points – the only Oklahoma Wesleyan player in double figures.
With the loss, Oklahoma Wesleyan is winless in two trips to the national championship.