No. 1 Indiana Wesleyan defeats No. 5 Grand View (Iowa) in the final game of round two at the 2013 NAIA Division II Women’s Basketball National Championship Tournament. The final score was 27-49.
Indiana Wesleyan advanced to the second round of Nationals Thursday, after destroying Point Park 61-31. Grand View upset No. 4 Purdue Calumet 58-44 Thursday to proceed in the tournament.
Indiana Wesleyan, brought here by head coach Steve Brooks, is 31-3 overall this season. 2013 marks their 11th appearance in the tournament, claiming a first place victory in 2007. Senior forward, Paige Smith, leads her team in rebounds (217) and scoring (532).
Grand View, looking to earn their first National title during their sixth visit to the tournament has a 4-1 first round record. Morgan Hammer, senior center averages 15 points a game, leading her team in scoring.
The score remained low throughout the entire first half as both teams battled it out to stay ahead. As the Viking and the Wildcats left to the locker rooms each team completed six field goals and three free throws tying them up at 15 points each.
When asked to talk about the offense the fans saw tonight from the Wildcats, Brooks replied saying “Very little, there wasn’t much offense tonight.”
Indiana Wesleyan began breaking away half way through the second half gaining a seven-point lead. During the second half, Wesleyans guards, junior Taylor Goshert, freshman Carlee Corttell and senior Claire Ray introduced the net to the only three pointers it would see in the game. Holding on to their lead, the Wildcats claimed the win by an overwhelming 22 points and the National Tournament claimed another victim.
Wesleyan is set to tip off against Briar Cliff in the Quarterfinals tomorrow evening at six.