EUREKA — The Illinois Wesleyan women's basketball team made seven 3-pointers and shot 53 percent from the field in building a 23-point halftime lead Monday night and went on to a 94-67 nonconference win over Eureka College at the Christine Bonati Bollwinkle Arena.
Twelve of IWU's 13 players scored as the Titans improved to 5-2. The Red Devils fell to 3-4.
In the first half, senior Rebekah Ehresman became the 22nd player in IWU women's history to score 1,000 career points, joining her classmate Molly McGraw. Ehresman has 1,003 points while McGraw has 1,268, which ranks No. 8 among Titan career records.
IWU led 19-16 after the first quarter, but a 15-0 run in the first 1 minute, 45 seconds of the second quarter made it 34-16. The lead grew to 53-30 by halftime. The Titans' largest lead of 38 points came at 92-54 came with 3:23 remaining.
McGraw led IWU with 14 points. Ehresman added 13, senior Kelsey Walsberg 11 and freshman Riley Brovelli 10 points. Brovelli also had a game-high nine rebounds and a team-leading five assists in 15 minutes of action.
IWU shot .440 from the field (37 of 84) and made all nine of its free throws. The Titans were 11 of 24 from 3-point territory. Eureka shot .377 from the floor (23 of 61), made seven of 23 3-point tries and sank 14 of 17 free throws.
IWU outrebounded Eureka, 46-39, and forced 29 Eureka turnovers that translated into 37 points.
"The second quarter was our best quarter. We put on our press in the second quarter and it fired us up a little bit," IWU coach Mia Smith said. "I loved the balance in the minutes tonight. I thought that was pretty good."
Smith said she and her team was "awfully excited" to see Ehresman join the 1,000-point club. The IWU coach also liked the Titans' ball movement that led to open shots.
"That's what we wanted to try to do. We were open really early in our offense at times, so we might have put up a few early shots," Smith said. "But when we did move the ball, it was really good."