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IWU women's basketball dominates Central Iowa

IWU women's basketball dominates Central Iowa

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BLOOMINGTON - Mallory Heydorn led a school-record night from beyond the 3-point arc as the Illinois Wesleyan women's basketball team opened its season with a 92-69 win over Central (Iowa) in the first round of the Titan Tip-Off Tournament at Shirk Center.

Heydorn made 6 of 8 shots from 3-point range as the Titans made a record 14 shots in all from long range. Heydorn finished with 18 points. Claire Sheehan led the Titans with 19 points, while Sarah Bull also had 18.

IWU will play DePauw at 4 p.m. today for the championship. DePauw, ranked No. 3 in the nation in NCAA Division III, defeated Washington University, 75-68, in Friday's first game.

IWU rolled to a 49-31 lead and was never threatened. The Titans held Central to 26-of-67 shooting from the field (39 percent) while shooting 50 percent (34 of 68) themselves.

"I thought we played a great defensive game," said IWU coach Mia Smith. "Our full-court pressure was very exciting to watch and it created a lot of turnovers which led to a lot of opportunities."

Sheehan and Bloomington High School graduate Tasha Gaston-Bell (11 points) added three 3-pointers apiece while Sarah Bull and Kerri Gravlin added one apiece to account for IWU's record total.

"We shot pretty well," Smith said. "We played exactly like we want to play every game. We outrebounded them (46-35), shot the threes, played athletic and hard on defense."

The Titans blocked four Central shots, including three by Thea Rogers.

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