It took Teneil Krebs (jr) and the Indiana Wesleyan University women’s basketball team three minutes to get rid of any drama. Krebs sank a quick pair of threes to give the Wildcats a 6-2 over Taylor University in the first round of the Crossroads League Tournament Tuesday evening.
IWU’s defense took care of business from there.
The Wildcats stifled Taylor’s attack all night, holding the Trojans to 15 points in the first half en route to a 59-37 victory. That tally marked Taylor’s lowest point total on the season, as IWU turned in their fourth game of the season giving up less than 40 points.
A 15-0 run in the second half highlighted a solid offensive effort from the Wildcats. Taylor Goshert (sr) led the attack after intermission by scoring 17 of her 20 points on the night, almost singlehandedly outpacing the Trojans’ efforts in either half.
But it was a night for the defense to shine. IWU collectively forced 19 turnovers and Erika Isham (jr) recorded five of the Wildcats seven blocks to go along with seven team steals.
Goshert’s 20 points topped all scorers, and the senior added eight rebounds and a trio of takeaways. Krebs totaled nine points, going a perfect 3-of-3 from behind the arc and Emma Stahl (jr) added seven points, as many as anyone on Taylor’s roster. Katrina Blackmon (jr) was a force to be reckoned with on the boards, collecting 13 rebounds in the game.
“We finally came out and played hard for a full 40 minutes,” Wildcats coach Steve Brooks said following the game. “There was a real collective focus to our effort tonight and we needed it to try to get playing back the way we’re capable of playing.”
IWU’s complete effort began with a pair of quick threes.
“That was a real boost for us because we haven’t been shooting the ball well,” Brooks said of Krebs’ fast start. “That was a great way for us to get started.”
The Wildcats (25-6) head to Huntington University Friday to take on the Foresters in the semifinals of the Crossroads League Tournament. IWU split the season series in 2014, with the most recent showdown at Huntington ending in a 51-49 Foresters victory.