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No. 2 Women’s Basketball Suffers First Conference Loss

Indiana Wesleyan women’s basketball looks to bounce back against Huntington after suffering a 73-54 loss against No. 5-ranked Marian University on Saturday.

With the win, Marian takes over the number one spot in the Crossroads League, while Indiana Wesleyan falls to second. The Wildcats learned a lot that will help them as they enter the final month of conference play.

“I think we need to control the game a little bit more defensively,” assistant coach Wesley Sloan said.

The Wildcats allowed over 70 points for just the fifth time this season in the loss. Their next game comes on Saturday at Huntington. Coaches and players said the break helps them rest physically and mentally.

“We had an individual day today, so just working on some shooting and getting our rhythm back before tomorrow, which is full practice,” senior Jordan Reid said at practice on Tuesday.

The Wildcats were 0-12 from behind the three-point line against Marian. Graduate assistant Anne Secrest said it was a bit of a gut check to show they needed to get back in the gym and focus on their shooting.

Sophomore guard Jayd Hovey said that the team will work on scenarios for the game against Huntington later in the week.

“We played them before, so we kind of know what their tendencies are in the game,” Hovey said.

Coach Sloan added that the familiarity of conference opponents adds to the excitement of playing in conference games.

The Wildcats beat Huntington 94-63 back in November. Secrest said Huntington has good ball handlers, so that will be a focus in the preparation.

The Wildcats’ game against the Foresters tips off at 1 p.m. at Huntington on Saturday, Jan. 27.

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