MARION, Ind. — The Mount Vernon Nazarene University women’s basketball team couldn’t overcome a poor start on Wednesday, as No. 15 Indiana Wesleyan rolled to a 72-50 win to remain unbeaten in Crossroads League play.
The Wildcats held a lopsided 42-17 advantage at the end of the opening two quarters, forcing MVNU into numerous turnovers and contested shot attempts that more often than not did not fall for the Cougars.
MVNU was held to its lowest shooting percentage of the season, 18 of 64 from the floor and 4 of 25 from beyond the arc.
Despite a deficit as large as 25 points, the Cougars were able to trim the Wildcat advantage to 10 points by going on a run in the second half. Indiana Wesleyan, however, was able to keep MVNU from getting any closer and pulled away down the stretch to improve to 13-4 and 5-0 in the Crossroads League.
Point guard Dani Ellerbrock’s offense was a bright spot for the Cougars, as she put in a season-high 22 points and added five rebounds and three assists. Madison Near and Taylor Gregory led MVNU with six rebounds apiece, while Elizabeth Fee contributed off the bench with seven points on 3-of-6 shooting to go along with a career-high three steals.
MVNU (11-6, 3-2 CL), which has now dropped its last two games, will return to Ariel Arena to face No. 20 Saint Francis (Ind.) on Saturday at 1 p.m.