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IWU women off to best start ever

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BLOOMINGTON - The Illinois Wesleyan women's basketball improved to 6-0 for the first time in school history Tuesday with an 82-57 triumph over Fontbonne.

IWU, which began its women's basketball program in 1971-72, received 13 points apiece from Thea Rogers and Sarah Bull and 10 apiece from Claire Sheehan, Tasha Gaston-Bell and Becky Kiverts.

"We had lots of balance and I like that," said IWU coach Mia Smith, whose team claimed a 57-32 rebounding advantage. "I thought we rebounded the ball very well, which was a focus of ours tonight. We forced some good turnovers, too."

Kiverts played just 14 points, but also grabbed 10 rebounds and had two assists.

"She stepped up pretty big for us," Smith said. "I thought Tasha Gaston-Bell had a pretty good game for us tonight."

IWU shot 36.5 percent from the field and forced 28 turnovers.

"I don't think we shot the ball as well as we are capable of," Smith said. "We forced a lot of issues instead of letting them come naturally."

Amber Karnes led Fontbonne (0-3) with 15 points. Heather McAllister added 12.

IWU raced out to a 9-0 lead en route to a 51-31 halftime advantage.

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