GREENCASTLE, Ind. - One day after knocking off top-ranked Washington (Mo.), the No. 16-ranked Illinois Wesleyan women's basketball team fell short against the No. 2-ranked team.
DePauw held off a furious second-half rally by the Titans to claim a 77-66 victory Saturday in the DePauw Tip-Off Tournament.
DePauw (2-0) extended a 39-30 halftime lead to 23 after the intermission before IWU (1-1) stormed back and cut the margin to five. Cassie Pruzin led four DePauw players in double figures with 17 points and she also handed out seven assists.
"We weren't together as a team in the first half and the start of the second half, but we figured out how to get it done by the end of the game," said IWU coach Mia Smith. "We just had some points in the game where we didn't play true to our style of play."
Mallory Haydorn and Crystal Dye each had 12 points to lead IWU. Christina Solari collected 10 points and a game-high nine rebounds, while Claire Sheehan also had 10 points.
DePauw outrebounded IWU 42-21, including a 32-16 edge on the offensive glass. The Titans shot 38 percent from the field (22 of 58) and 44 percent from behind the 3-point arc (11 of 26).
"They are probably the most physical team we will face all year," Smith said. "We were beaten by a good team, but we also think we're a good team. This game will only make us better."