NAPERVILLE - The Illinois Wesleyan women's basketball team overcame a six-point deficit in the final two minutes of regulation and a four-point overtime deficit Wednesday to earn a 70-66 College Conference of Illinois and Wisconsin victory over North Central at Merner Fieldhouse.
While winning their sixth straight game, the Titans upped their record to 15-5 overall and 7-2 in the CCIW.
"It was a great team win," IWU coach Mia Smith said. "But there was not a bigger player than Claire Sheehan. She was phenomenal for a freshman."
Sheehan hit two free throws at the 1:46 mark of regulation and added two more with 23 seconds left to lift IWU into a 60-60 tie.
"When we played defense, we were fine," Smith said. "Our defense the last 1:46, the key was switching everything. We were using faster players and fronting the post."
North Central (8-12, 3-6) scored the first four points of overtime before Wesleyan's Val Fleishman scored her only six points of the game on an inside basket and four free throws for a 66-64 Titans lead.
The Cardinals' Jennifer Norris tied the score before IWU's Heidi Harnisch rebounded her own miss and scored at the 56-second mark. A Harnisch steal gave the Titans the ball back and Sheehan knocked down two free throws with 20 seconds remaining for the final margin.
Harnisch and Sheehan paced Wesleyan with 22 points each. Mallory Heydorn added 10 and four steals.
Norris topped North Central with 17 points. Lashawndra Brown chipped in 13 and Danielle Tinkoff 11.
The contest began a hour after its scheduled 5:15 p.m. start because officials were late in arriving.
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