WEST PALM BEACH, Fla. –-- The top-ranked Indiana Wesleyan University women's basketball team opened their trip to Florida on Thursday with a 60-53 victory over host Northwood (Fla.) University in West Palm Beach, Florida.
The biggest factor in the game was fouls. Northwood (2-9) compiled 18 fouls in the game to just eight for Indiana Wesleyan. Two Northwood players fouled out, their scoring leader in Erin Riley (20) and assist leader in Keishla Rivera (12).
With the disparity in fouls, Indiana Wesleyan earned 25 free throw attempts to just four for Northwood. IWU hit 20 free throws for 80.0-percent shooting.
Indiana Wesleyan (13-1) limited Northwood to 34.9-percent (22 of 63) on the afternoon. Despite shooting 45.0-percent from the field, Indiana Wesleyan hit just 18-of-40 shots.
Starring for the Wildcats in the Sunshine State was senior guard Ashley Brooks. She played 39 minutes and led the team in points (14) and rebounds (9). Brooks was 4-of-5 from the field and had just one turnover despite playing nearly the entire game.
Senior center Krystal Stoneking added 13 points on 6-of-10 shooting while junior forward Paige Smith contributed 10 points. The pair each added five rebounds.
Senior guard Stephanie Burtch finished with seven points and seven rebounds, junior guard Claire Freeman collected nine points and senior guard Rachel Steinbarger had seven points and three assists.
Indiana Wesleyan will complete their Florida journey tomorrow with a game at 1 p.m. in West Palm Beach, Florida.