COLUMBIA, Ky. -- Senior guard Stephanie Burtch missed a 3-point attempt at the buzzer as Lindsey Wilson (Ky.) College handed the Indiana Wesleyan University women's basketball team a 65-62 defeat for the Wildcats' first loss of the season in Columbia, Kentucky.
Lindsey Wilson (11-3), ranked No. 22 in NAIA Division I, led the entire game on Saturday but Indiana Wesleyan continued to fight back to force a chance to win twice in the final 15 seconds.
The Blue Raiders built a lead of 38-27 at halftime for their largest lead of the first half. The advantage was pushed to 13 points early in the second half and was as many as 12 (57-45) with less than nine minutes remaining.
Indiana Wesleyan (12-1), ranked No. 1 in NAIA Division II, made a game of it late with a 13-4 run to close the gap to three points (61-58) and less than three minutes on the clock.
Senior center Krystal Stoneking scored with 39 seconds left to cut the score to 63-62 for the closest margin of the night. IWU purposely fouled Ashley Franklin with 28 seconds remaining and she hit one of the two free throws to lead 64-62.
With a chance to tie the score, junior guard Claire Freeman missed a field goal attempt with 10 seconds remaining. Indiana Wesleyan again intentionally fouled to send Ashley Rainey to the foul line for two shot. Rainey hit the first attempt but missed the second one for a 65-62 advantage.
The missed free allowed Indiana Wesleyan one more chance to tie the game, leading to the 3-point attempt that missed by Burtch.
Stoneking had a big performance for the Wildcats with 29 points and six rebounds. Junior forward Paige Smith added 11 points and four rebounds while Freeman added seven points, four rebounds, and five assists.
Rainey paced Lindsey Wilson with 28 points and 16 rebounds.