BLOOMINGTON - The view from atop the College Conference of Illinois and Wisconsin standings is a scenic one for Illinois Wesleyan women's basketball coach Mia Smith.
The Titans will try to stay there today as Elmhurst visits Shirk Center for a 5:15 p.m. CCIW game.
"It's good to see us in the No. 1 position. We've worked our way up to it so we know we've earned it," Smith said. "It's satisfying for me and the girls. The key is to make sure we keep ourselves there."
Riding a six-game winning streak, IWU is 15-5 overall and 7-2 in the CCIW. A tight conference race features Wheaton at 6-2, North Park at 6-3, Carthage at 5-3 and defending national champion Millikin at 4-4.
The Titans lead the CCIW in scoring (66.8), free-throw percentage (76.0) and 3-point percentage (36.1).
Wesleyan has three of the league's top 15 scorers in Heidi Harnisch (second at 14.6), Val Fleishman (12th at 11.2) and Mallory Heydorn (15th at 10.6). Claire Sheehan is the CCIW's leading 3-point shooter at 46.5 percent, while Harnisch is second at 46.3.
Elmhurst (13-6, 3-5) is led by Aja Terrier (14.7 points, 6.9 rebounds) and Ellen Furr (14.6, 6.9).
"Elmhurst is dangerous," Smith said. "At every position, they are a little faster. But I think we're a little smarter. They're quick and flashy. We have to make sure we slow them down."