IWU’s 17-0 run keys upset of Kean
Hasselbring posts double-double to lead Titans’ road victory
Illinois Wesleyan Athletics
UNION, N.J. - No. 15 Illlinois Wesleyan reeled off 17 consecutive points late in the second half to rally past third-ranked Kean 68-57.
IWU junior guard Brittany Hasselbring had a double-double with career highs of 15 points and 15 rebounds to lift the Titans to an 8-3 nonconference record. Kean fell to 9-2 after suffering its first regular-season setback since Feb. 11, 2008, when Scranton recorded a 61-59 win against the Cougars.
Hasselbring hit 5 of 7 shots from the floor and 5 of 6 free throws, while all 15 of her rebounds were on the defensive end. Senior Stacey Arlis scored a game-high 17 points and had five rebounds, and junior guard Olivia Lett had 11 points and four rebounds.
In the first half, IWU took an early 7-3 lead before Kean used a 13-3 run to take charge. The Titans then pulled ahead 26-23 on a Hasselbring basket with 3:06 left in the half before the Cougars ended with a 9-2 run to at halftime by four.
Kean scored six of the first eight points of the second half and led by a 38-30 count just 2:08 into the period.
IWU pulled within a basket at 46-44 on a 3-pointer by senior guard Holly Harvey before the Cougars extended their lead to 52-45 with 8:00 to play. They would be Kean's last points until just 1:20 remained, as IWU scored the next 17 points. Hasselbring had eight points in the run and the Titans made 4 of 6 free throws in the final 45 seconds to win their third consecutive game.
Kean sophomore guard Naimah Clemons had 15 points with two assists and two blocks, while Tiffany Patrick finished with 10 points and 10 rebounds.
Illinois Wesleyan made 20 of 52 shots from the field (38.5 percent) and connected on 3 of 16 3-point field-goal attempts (18.8 percent). The Titans also made 25 of 33 free throws (75.8 percent).
Kean outrebounded IWU 47-38 but was guilty of 23 turnovers compared to 19 for the Titans. The Cougars shot 32.8 percent (22 of 67) from the field including hitting just 4 of 22 (18.2 percent) from 3-point range.