STEVENS POINT- Illinois Wesleyan shot 94 percent (18 of 19) from the free throw line as they came away with a road victory over the Pointers, 76-72, Saturday at the Berg Gymnasium.
In a back and forth game that saw 19 lead changes, the Titans free throw shooting was the difference in a battle that featured two ranked teams.
After a 45-44 first half, the Titans took a nine point lead with 14:25 to play as they led 59-50. The Pointers responded though with their best run of the game, an 11-0 run over the next 6 minutes and 21 seconds to take a 61-59 lead.
The Titans responded well to the Pointers run as they went on a 9-2 run to take a 68-63 lead with 5:13 to go in the game.
A Sam Barber free throw tied the game at 70 with 2:45 remaining, the tenth time the game was tied.
Illinois Wesleyan responded with the next four points taking a 74-70 lead with 1:35 left. Britta Petersen then made a layup to make the score 74-72 with 44 seconds remaining.
After forcing a Titan turnover the Pointers had a chance to tie the game up, but they turned the ball over, forcing them to foul.
Illinois Wesleyan missed the front end of a one and one but the Pointers missed a jumper, forcing them to foul again.
The Titans Hope Schulte then made two free throws with five seconds remaining to put the game away. Schulte was one of four Titan players to score in double figures with 12.
Petersen led the Pointers with 22 points and seven rebounds. Andrea Flease also finished in double figures as she had 14 points and a team leading five assists.
The Pointer defense forced 19 Titan turnovers. Flease and Ashley Averkamp each finished with three steals.
Courtesy: UWSP Sports Information