MARION, Ind. -- Little went wrong on Saturday for the No. 1-ranked Indiana Wesleyan University women's basketball team in a 101-43 victory over visiting Wilberforce (Ohio) University in Luckey Arena.
Indiana Wesleyan shot 64.5-percent (40 of 62) from the field and all 11 players scored en route to the 11th straight win for the Wildcats to open the 2011-12 season.
"I'm really proud of the kids today and for the effort they gave," said Indiana Wesleyan head coach Steve Brooks. "I thought they maintained their focus. We wanted to try and stay sharp today and I thought they did that."
Senior center Krystal Stoneking provided 18 points on 8-of-11 shooting along with eight rebounds. With her basket in the first minute of the second half, Stoneking became the 24th member of the 1,000 Point Club at Indiana Wesleyan.
"It's a major achievement. It's exciting and it's exciting for us as a team. We know how hard she has worked and the effort she put in the summer to get where she's at," said Brooks. "It's a real testimony to her for her work ethic over the summer. She's really improved every year and gives herself the chance to be that kind of player."
With Stoneking hitting a career-milestone, junior forward Paige Smith nearly set a new career-best today with 21 points, one point off her career mark set earlier this season. Smith was 9-of-10 from the floor and tied Stoneking with a game-high eight rebounds.
Indiana Wesleyan dominated the boards on Saturday. IWU pulled down a season-best 54 rebounds to just 21 for Wilberforce.
With the big victory, Indiana Wesleyan was able to spread the minutes around as all 11 players saw the floor for at least eight minutes. Ten players received 14 or more minutes. Led by Smith, the bench accounted for 50 points.
"Our younger players got in the game and did what they did," added Brooks. "We got really good contributions from Abby (Reinke), Teneil (Krebs), Val (Sohasky), and Emma (Stahl). They showed that the future is going to be in good hands."
Freshman forward Teneil Krebs contributed career-highs of 12 points and six rebounds while freshman center Val Sohasky earned six points and a career-high seven boards.
"I didn't expect the game to go the way that it went," continued Brooks. "I knew we could come out and take them out of some of their stuff but I really didn't expect 101-43. I'm thankful for it and I hope our kids can use this as a springboard because we have two really hard games coming up."
Those two hard games come next weekend in Kentucky against a pair of ranked teams in NAIA Division I. Indiana Wesleyan will first battle No. 14-ranked Campbellsville University on Friday, December 16 and then No. 25-ranked Lindsey Wilson College on Saturday, December 17.