The Indiana Wesleyan women’s basketball team fell to the University of Saint Francis on Saturday, Feb. 11.
The Cougars brought speed and aggression on both offense and defense, and though the Lady Wildcats fought hard they came up short by eight points with the final score being 54-46.
According to Assistant Coach Brent Bellinger, this was a game that the Wildcats had been preparing for both mentally and physically. IWU held the lead throughout the first half, but then gradually fell behind as their scoring percentage dropped.
“We had a pretty good idea of what their game plan was going to be,” Bellinger said. “We know they have good shooters, and we did a good job in the first half of closing out the three point line, but they changed their schemes a little but and we didn’t adjust quick enough.”
A handful of the team’s vital players were either ill or injured for this game. Haley Woodruff (sr) had just recovered from a broken hand and this was her first game since. Starter Kelsey Key (sr) performed for almost the entire game despite battling the flu two days prior, and Chelsea Winner (sr) is out for the remainder of the season due to an ankle fracture.
However, the ladies fought for rebounds and competed right with the Cougars for the majority of the game. Nicole Ignasiak (so), Anna Imhoff (jr) and Brittany Washington (jr) lead the team in stats: Imhoff with 11 points, eight rebounds, three assists and three steals, and Washington with six points, 10 rebounds, three assists and three steals. Ignasiak had 15 points and 10 rebounds, her first double-double of her career.
Along with the excitement of a competitive matchup against Saint Francis, Indiana Wesleyan University also hosted Senior Night in honor of the team’s three seniors: Winner, Key and Woodruff. According to coach Bellinger, these three ladies are extremely dedicated to the school and the program, and are completely invested in their younger teammates.
Ignasiak also recognized her teammates’ leadership and contribution.
“They are incredible, we wouldn’t have been able to make it through the season without them,” Ignasiak said. “They have pushed through all that has happened this year and have still been an example through everything. We could not have asked for three better seniors to lead us this season.”
The Lady Wildcats will play in their last regular season home game Wednesday, Feb. 15, at 7 p.m. against Mount Vernon Nazarene.