GEORGETOWN, Ky. -- Southern Polytechnic State (Ga.) University provided little resistance as No. 3-ranked Indiana Wesleyan University women's basketball ran all over SPSU in a 97-43 victory at the Chick-fil-A Classic in Georgetown, Kentucky.
The 54 point victory is the largest for Indiana Wesleyan since December 1, 2007. IWU defeated Indiana Tech 96-38 that evening.
Junior guard Claire Freeman drilled a pair of free throws 20 seconds into the game as Indiana Wesleyan never trailed. IWU had pushed the advantage to 18-4 with over 13 minutes still left in the opening half.
During the opening run, Freeman and senior center Krystal Stoneking scored the first 17 points for the Wildcats. Freeman was especially on fire with 11 points in six minutes. She was 4-of-5 during the spurt including a 3-point basket.
The end of the first half was very similar to the start of it. IWU scored 19 of the final 21 points and took a 53-24 lead into halftime.
Indiana Wesleyan (4-0) continued to stretch the advantage in the second half with the 54 point margin of victory being the largest of the day.
Freeman and junior forward Paige Smith led all players with 20 points while Stoneking earned 18 points. Smith and Stoneking each hauled in nine rebounds and Freeman tallied a game-high five assists. Indiana Wesleyan shot 60.7-percent (37 of 61) as a team and 47.4-percent (9 of 19) from beyond the arc.
Indiana Wesleyan was credited with 26 assists on their 37 field goals. It is the most assists in a game for IWU since the Wildcats totaled 27 assists against Goshen (Ind.) College on February 1, 2006.
Defensively, the Wildcats limited the Hornets 26.3-percent (15 of 57) shooting and just six assists.
Southern Polytechnic State (0-4) advanced to the Sweet 16 at the NAIA Division I National Tournament a season ago and is receiving votes in the top-25 poll.
Indiana Wesleyan returns home next weekend as they host the MCC/WHAC Challenge. IWU will play at 6 p.m. on Friday, November 19 and at 3 p.m. on Saturday, November 20.