|Indiana Wesleyan 17-10, 10-5 CL||17||12||14||24||67|
|Taylor (Ind.) 11-16, 6-9 CL||10||11||16||18||55|
|Feb. 8, 2017|
|Indiana Wesleyan||Indv. Leaders||Taylor (Ind.)|
|#2 Kelsey Key - 22||Points||#32 Kendall Bradbury - 20|
|#2 Kelsey Key - 7||Rebounds||#32 Kendall Bradbury - 16|
|2 Players (#2,#10) - 3||Assists||#15 Cassidy Wyse - 7|
|Indiana Wesleyan||Team Statistics||Taylor (Ind.)|
|46.9% (23 - 49)||Field Goals %||32.8% (20 - 61)|
|41.2% (7 - 17)||3 Point Field Goals %||21.7% (5 - 23)|
|66.7% (14 - 21)||Free Throws||71.4% (10 - 14)|
|11||2nd Chance Pts||12|
UPLAND, Ind. – The Taylor University women's basketball team trailed No. 24 Indiana Wesleyan, 38-35, late in the third quarter, but the Wildcats increased their lead to as many as 15 points in the fourth period to hand the Trojans a 67-55 loss at Odle Arena on Wednesday night.
TU opened the contest by missing its first 10 shots from the field but used strong defense to trail IWU only six-to-four when Kendall Bradbury scored the first Trojan basket of the contest. Taylor struggled to get going offensively in the opening quarter, going four-of-16 (25 percent) from the floor and missing all six three-point attempts, resulting in a 17-10 deficit after 10 minutes of action.
In the second period, TU cut the IWU edge to three with 6:33 remaining, but Indiana Wesleyan scored eight of the final 11 points in the quarter to take a 29-21 lead into the break. After not connecting on the first ten shots of the game, the Trojans hit eight of their final 19 shots of the half (42.1 percent) to keep themselves within striking distance. The 24th-ranked Wildcats (17-10, 10-5 CL) held an eight-to-zero lead in second chance points at intermission.
TU trimmed the IWU lead to a mere three points with 1:38 to play in the third quarter, but the Wildcats went on a 19-to-seven run to open up their largest lead of the game, 57-42, with 5:40 left in regulation, which the Trojans could not overcome. Taylor pulled within eight with 1:23 to play after back-to-back triples by Jamie Netzley and Katrina Headlee, but Indiana Wesleyan went seven-of-10 from the floor in the final period and converted five-of-six at the foul line down the stretch to close out the 67-55 win for the visitors.
Bradbury led the Trojans with her 12th double-double of the season, netting 20 points and tying a career-high with 16 rebounds. Cassidy Wyse posted an all-around line of eight points, seven assists and five boards, while Netzley produced nine points on four-of-six shooting off the bench for TU.
Next on the schedule for Taylor (11-16, 6-9 CL) is a road trip to Goshen (13-14, 7-8 CL) on Saturday at 1:00 pm, looking to avenge a 70-61 loss at Paul Patterson Court last month.