Strong defense, three-point shooting carry IWU to victory over USF

On Saturday afternoon, the Wildcats’ defense stifled the Saint Francis Cougars’ offense, holding them to just 31 percent shooting in a 61-52 victory.

With the win, the Wildcats improved to 13-3 in the Crossroads League standings.

The Cougars took an early 8-2 lead, but the Wildcats responded with an 11-1 surge, including nine straight point from Imhoff, to take a 13-9 lead.

Katie Key drilled another three at the end of the first quarter to give the Wildcats a four-point lead heading into the second quarter.

For the game, the Wildcats shot 51.1 percent from the floor, which included a scorching 56.3 percent from beyond the arc.

Defensively, the Wildcats pressured the Cougars the entire game, holding them to 19 percent in the second half to secure the victory.

“I am really proud of the toughness we showed today,” Whaley said after the game. “We continued to get better and better with each quarter.”

Imhoff led the Wildcats in scoring with 15 points, while Ignasiak scored 14 point on six-of-10 from the field. Lange added 10 points and nine rebounds.

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