IWU comes out on top in 3OT thriller with Saint Francis

In a highly competitive, back-and-forth affair on Wednesday evening, the IWU Wildcats prevailed after 54 minutes of hard fought basketball, defeating the University of Saint Francis, 100-99, in triple overtime. Eight Wildcats finished in double figures, with three scoring 20 or more points.

Both team shot well from beyond the arc in the contest, as IWU shot six-of-13 while USF connected on 11 of their 17 attempts. Margot Woughter hit five threes in the contest, four coming in the second half, while Jene’e Goodwin knocked down three, including one that put IWU ahead for good with two minutes left in the third overtime period.

“What a battle,” IWU Head Coach Ethan Whaley said. “Both teams played their hearts out. I was proud of our resolve and togetherness every time Saint Francis made a run. It was a collective team effort against a really good team.”

Nicole Ignasiak recorded her fifth double-double of the season with 28 points and 10 rebounds, while Woughter came away with 27. Elaina Ededuwa finished with 12 points and 12 rebounds in the Wildcats’ victory.

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