SIOUX CITY, Iowa — No. 4 Indiana Wesleyan had its top-ranked defense on full display Thursday, shutting down Point Park in a first-round NAIA Division II Women's Tournament game at Tyson Events Center.
Indiana Wesleyan held Point Park scoreless for the first 10 minutes of the second half of an eventual 61-31 win.
Wesleyan, which held down the top spot in the national poll for most of the season, ranks No. 1 in the nation in team defense, giving up 48.2 points per game.
Point Park (25-7) managed only nine baskets the entire game. The Pioneers didn't get their first hoop of the second half until 7:36 remained.
“I was real excited about our kids after losing the conference championship game the way we did,” Indiana Wesleyan coach Steve Brooks said.
Indiana Wesleyan (31-3), the 2007 national champion, plays either Grand View or Purdue-Calumet in the second round Friday night.
Paige Smith finished with 17 points and six rebounds for the Wildcats, while Taylor Goshert and Claire Ray added 14 points each.
Point Park shot just 17 percent (9 of 53) and was outrebounded 53-29.
Teresa Davis led Point Park with eight points.
“They're an excellent team and we struggled to hit some shots in the first half,” Point Park coach Tony Grenek said. “We missed some bunnies that if we could have made. They just totally locked us down, especially in the second half.”
Indiana Wesleyan flirted with two tournament records.
The Wildcats held St. Joseph (Vt.) to 25 points in a 2007 game while the record for fewest points allowed in a half was eight and Point Park didn't pass that until 3:17 remained.
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