IU Northwest holds Lincoln Christian to just 33 points
Lincoln, Ill. – IU Northwest features two of the top scorers in the country however, it was their defense that proved to be the catalyst for the RedHawks' 23rd win of the season. IU Northwest forced 29 Lincoln Christian turnovers and held the Red Lions to just .333 shooting as IU Northwest overcame uncharacteristic cold shooting game to win 66-36.
The RedHawks shot just .329 from the floor (23-70), however never allowed the Lions to find firm footing on the offensive end. Lincoln Christian all-conference center, Katie Boyce was limited to just 9 points on 2-6 shooting, well below her season average. Meanwhile IU Northwest was able to connect from long distance (10-23) to put some points on the board to break away and cruise to victory. IU Northwest (23-4) ranked 13th in the nation was led by Nicki Monahan who tallied 22 points and Grayce Roach posted a double-double with 21 points and 11 rebounds.
"We have discussed recently our team commitment to defense and rebounding and being able to win in the post-season even when we don't make shots. It was encouraging to see a strong defensive effort led by Kelsey Gushrowski on probably our poorest shooting game of the season," said IUN Head Coach Ryan Shelton.
Gushrowski tallied 8 points and 10 rebounds in 23 minutes while leading a team effort that limited Boyce to 9 points on just two field goals and 0 offensive rebounds in 39 minutes. Junior guard Weslee Wilson added 6 points for the RedHawks.
The RedHawks will welcome No. 1 and undefeated (26-0) Saint Francis (IL) in a late-season Top 25 heavy weight matchup on Monday at the Savannah Center. The game tips at 7 p.m. and is a "Red-Out" game. All fans wearing red for the game will be admitted for free.