MOUNT VERNON, Ohio -- It was a walk in the park for the top-ranked Indiana Wesleyan University women's basketball team in a 70-48 victory at Mount Vernon Nazarene (Ohio) University on Saturday.
After Mount Vernon Nazarene (11-11, 3-9) scored on their first possession Indiana Wesleyan scored the next nine points and was never threatened to improve to 22-2 on the season and 11-1 in the Mid-Central College Conference.
Senior center Krystal Stoneking had a large contingent on hand as she played approximately 25 miles from home. She put on a show for the crowd with a game-high 21 points on 9-of-12 shooting.
Indiana Wesleyan held a double digit lead for the final 9:45 of the opening half and captured their biggest lead of the half when freshman Teneil Krebs hit a 3-pointer at the buzzer for a 35-15 halftime advantage.
The Wildcats opened the second half on a 10-3 run to increase the lead to 45-18. The 27 point cushion matched the game-high as IWU also held a 62-35 lead with 5:32 remaining.
Indiana Wesleyan was a scorching 58.7-percent (27 of 46) from the field and 42.9-percent (6 of 14) from beyond the 3-point line. IWU finished with 18 assists on 27 field goals.
The only other Wildcat in double figures besides Stoneking was senior guard Stephanie Burtch with 11. She was 3-of-6 from 3-point range and 4-of-7 overall. Junior forward Paige Smith added eight points off the bench while senior guard Rachel Steinbarger contributed six points and a team-leading seven rebounds.
Indiana Wesleyan returns to Luckey Arena for their next game as they host Huntington (Ind.) University on Wednesday, February 1. Tip-off is scheduled for 7 p.m.