Illinois Wesleyan 2007-08 Women's Basketball Stories

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March 8
Illinois Wesleyan's run in the NCAA Division III national tournament ended in the second round with an 87-63 loss to Wisconsin-Whitewater on Saturday, March 8 at the Shirk Center. The Titans trailed 41-29 at the half but the Warhawks shot 71 percent from the field (17 of 24) in the second half and led at one point by 38 (80-42). Sophomore Christina Solari (Park Ridge, Ill., Maine South HS) led the Titans with 16 points and eight rebounds while juniors Claire Sheehan (St. Charles, East HS) and Mallory Heydorn (LaGrange, Ill., Lyons Township HS) added 14 and 10 points, respectively. Both teams committed 25 turnovers but the Titans managed only 33 percent from the field (22 of 66) and connected on 21 percent of their 3-point tries (six of 28). The Warhawks advance with a 26-3 record and had five players in double figures with Tiffany Morton and Lindsey Buechner each scoring 15. The 26 wins is a school record for IWU as was the 16 game winning streak and Solari set a school season rebound record with 284, topping the mark of 279 by Elaine Hill (1988-89).

March 7
The Illinois Wesleyan women's basketball team cruised to a 111-77 win over Maryville (Mo.) in the first round of the NCAA Division III tournament at the Shirk Center on Friday, March 7. The Titans (26-2) will play Wisconsin-Whitewater (25-3) at 7 p.m. in the regional final on Saturday, March 8. The Titans got 26 points from junior Claire Sheehan (St. Charles, East HS) while sophomore Christina Solari (Park Ridge, Ill., Maine South HS) scored 25 points and snared a game-high 15 rebounds. Junior Mallory Heydorn (LaGrange, Ill., Lyons Township HS) added 15 points and senior Sarah Bull (Lewistown, Ill., HS) scored 13 in Wesleyan's 16th straight win. Solari set a school record for field goal percentage in a game, making 10 of 11, as the Titans shot .597 for the game (40 of 67) and held a 40-27 rebound advantage. The Titans led 63-42 at halftime and the 111 points fell short of the Division III tourney record of 115 set by Marymount (Va.) in 1993. Maryville was led by the 14 points each of Allie Wilhelm and Courtney Bergheger. Whitewater defeated Manchester, 77-60, in the earlier game.

March 3
Making its second straight tournament appearance, the Illinois Wesleyan women's basketball team will host its first-ever NCAA Division III tournament game when it plays Maryville (Mo.) in the first round at 8 p.m. on Friday, March 7 at the Shirk Center. The Titans are 25-2 and the Saints, winners of the St. Louis Intercollegiate Athletic Conference for three straight years, has a 24-3 record. In the other regional game at IWU at 6 p.m. on March 7, Manchester (19-8) will play Wisconsin-Whitewater (24-3) with the winners of the two games to face off at 7 p.m. on Saturday, March 8 at IWU. Tickets are $6 for adults and $3 for students, senior citizens and children over 2. Click here for the IWU regional web site. The 63-team field will be pared down to a final four with the championships to be played at Hope College in Holland, Mich., on March 21-22.

March 1
For the first time since 2003, the Illinois Wesleyan women's basketball team won the College Conference of Illinois and Wisconsin tournament and will be the league's automatic qualifier for the NCAA Division III tournament. The Titans improved to 25-2 with a 75-64 win over Millikin on Saturday, March 1 at the Shirk Center. Sophomore Christina Solari (Park Ridge, Ill., Maine South HS) had a career-high 22 points and pulled down 15 rebounds in the win, the 15th straight for IWU. Junior Mallory Heydorn (LaGrange, Ill., Lyons Township HS) added 19 and junior Colleen Caplice (Western Springs, Ill., Lyons Township HS) came off the bench to score 11. Senior Crystal Dye (Springfield, Ill., Southeast HS) also had nine rebounds as IWU outrebounded Millikin, 38-36. Wesleyan led 40-28 at the half and by as many as 28 points with eight minutes to play. The Big Blue (20-7) were led by the 25 points of Lindsay Ippel. IWU will find out the pairings for the Division III tournament on Monday morning, March 3, through www.ncaasports.com.

February 29
The Illinois Wesleyan women's basketball team improved to 24-2 with a 78-57 win over Elmhurst on Friday, Feb. 29 in the semifinals of the College Conference of Illinois and Wisconsin tournament at the Shirk Center. IWU will face Millikin for the tourney title at 2 p.m. on March 1 as the Big Blue (20-6) were 49-48 winners over Carthage in the other semifinal. The Titans were led by the 27 point explosion from junior Claire Sheehan (St. Charles, East HS), while sophomore Christina Solari (Park Ridge, Ill., Maine South HS) had 12 points and 12 rebounds. Senior Crystal Dye (Springfield, Ill., Southeast HS) added 12 points and senior Sarah Bull (Lewistown, Ill. HS) also scored 11 for the Titans, who trailed 35-34 at halftime. Elmhurst's season ends at 12-14 as the Bluejays were paced by the 18 points and eight rebounds from Lyndsie Long. The Titans' Mallory Heydorn (LaGrange, Ill., Lyons Township HS) was earlier named a first team all-CCIW selection and Mia Smith earned CCIW "Coach of the Year" honors while Bull and Dye were named to the second team. Go here for full story.

February 23
Illinois Wesleyan set a school record with its 23rd win of the season in a 75-56 victory over Carthage on Saturday, Feb. 23 in Kenosha, Wis. The 23-2 Titans win the College Conference of Illinois and Wisconsin championship with a 13-1 record, will host the CCIW postseason tournament Feb. 29-March 1 and will meet Elmhurst in the tourney's first round. Junior Mallory Heydorn (LaGrange, Ill., Lyons Township HS) had 17 points to lead IWU vs. the Lady Reds while senior Sarah Bull (Lewistown, Ill., HS) scored 13 points and sophomore Christina Solari (Park Ridge, Ill., Maine South HS) added 11 points with a game-high 11 rebounds. The Titans led by 14 (38-24) at halftime and Carthage closed to within four at 44-40 with 13:21 to play before IWU went on a 15-0 run on five straight 3-pointers to take a commanding 59-40 lead. Illinois Wesleyan's 10 3-point field goals tied a Carthage opponent game record and Heydorn's 13 3-point attempts also tied a Carthage opponent game record.

February 19
For the first time since 2003, the Illinois Wesleyan women's basketball team won the College Conference of Illinois and Wisconsin championship with a 93-64 win over Elmhurst at the Shirk Center on Tuesday, Feb. 19. Five Titans scored in double figures, led by junior Claire Sheehan (St. Charles, Ill. East HS) with 21 points and sophomore Christina Solari (Park Ridge, Ill. Maine South HS) with 18 points and 12 rebounds. Junior Mallory Heydorn (LaGrange, Ill. Lyons Township HS) scored 17 points, senior Crystal Dye (Springfield, Ill. Southeast HS) had 15 (with four steals) and senior Sarah Bull (Lewistown, Ill. HS) added 12. IWU improved to 22-2 (tying a school record for wins in a season) and 12-1 in the league while Elmhurst dropped to 11-13, 7-6 CCIW. The Titans will host the CCIW postseason tournament Feb. 29-March 1 and will meet Elmhurst again in the tourney's first round. IWU forced 26 turnovers in the game and outrebounded the Bluejays, 44-40. The Titans conclude their regular season schedule with a 2 p.m. game at Carthage (18-6, 10-3 CCIW) on Saturday, Feb. 23.

February 16
The Illinois Wesleyan women's basketball team clinched a share of the College Conference of Illinois and Wisconsin championship with a 93-68 win over North Central at the Shirk Center on Saturday, Feb. 16. The Titans, whose last CCIW title was in 2003, are 21-2 overall and 11-1 in the league while the Cardinals fell to 10-13, 5-7 CCIW. Six players scored in double figures for IWU led by sophomore Christina Solari (Park Ridge, Ill., Maine South HS) and junior Mallory Heydorn (LaGrange, Ill., Lyons Township HS) with 16, junior Claire Sheehan (St. Charles, East HS) and senior Sarah Bull (Lewistown, Ill., HS) with 13, freshman Hope Schulte (Hillsboro, Ill., HS) with 11 and junior Colleen Caplice (Western Springs, Ill., Lyons Township HS) with 10. Solari had a game-high nine rebounds and the Titans forced the Cardinals into 29 turnovers. IWU led the game 22-21 with 7:58 to play in the first half but built the lead at intermission to 45-33. Barb Williams had 21 points to lead North Central. The Titans can wrap up a sole CCIW title when they host Elmhurst at 7:30 p.m. on Tuesday, Feb. 19.

February 12
Illinois Wesleyan improved to 20-2 (the best 22-game start in school history) and 10-1 in the College Conference of Illinois and Wisconsin with a convincing 90-33 win over Augustana on Tuesday, Feb. 12 at the Shirk Center. Senior Sarah Bull (Lewistown, Ill., HS) scored 19 points to lead the Titans while junior Claire Sheehan (St. Charles, East HS) had 13 points. Freshman Hope Schulte (Hillsboro, Ill., HS) came off the bench to score 11 points and grab five rebounds and senior Crystal Dye (Springfield, Ill., Southeast HS) had 10 points. Trailing 9-3 early in the game, IWU held the Vikings (4-18, 2-9 CCIW) scoreless for nearly nine minutes and scored 27 straight points to lead 30-9, then led at halftime, 52-19. The Titans limited Augustana to 14 second half points. IWU has a chance to clinch a share of the regular season league title on "Senior Day" Saturday, Feb. 16 when the Titans host North Central at 2 p.m. With three games to play IWU has a two-game lead in the league standings over Carthage and Millikin (both 8-3).

February 9
Illinois Wesleyan junior Claire Sheehan (St. Charles, East HS) led four Titans in double figure scoring with 23 as the IWU women's basketball team downed Wheaton, 68-59, on Saturday, Feb. 9 in Wheaton. Senior Crystal Dye (Springfield, Ill., Southeast HS) added 16 points, senior Sarah Bull (Lewistown, Ill., HS) had 13 and junior Mallory Heydorn (LaGrange, Ill., Lyons Township HS) had 10 to pace the offensive attack. Rebounds in the game were even at 42-42 but IWU sophomore Christina Solari (Park Ridge, Ill., Maine South HS) grabbed a game-high 15 caroms. IWU shot 38 percent for the game (22 of 57) and committed 19 turnovers as they improved to 19-2 overall and 9-1 and alone in first place in the College Conference of Illinois and Wisconsin as Carthage fell to 8-2 with a loss to North Central. IWU will play its next three games at home beginning with Augustana at 7:30 p.m. on Tuesday, Feb. 12.

February 5
Avenging an earlier-season loss, the Illinois Wesleyan women's basketball team topped Millikin, 77-63, in Decatur on Tuesday, Feb. 5. The No. 12-ranked Titans, who trailed by as many as 10 points in the first half, improved to 18-2 overall and 8-1 in the College Conference of Illinois and Wisconsin. Junior Mallory Heydorn (LaGrange, Ill., Lyons Township HS) led IWU with 19 points while senior Crystal Dye (Springfield, Ill., Southeast HS) contributed 17 points, sophomore Christina Solari (Park Ridge, Ill., Maine South HS) had 12 points and 12 rebounds, and junior Claire Sheehan (St. Charles, East HS) added 10 points. After holding Millikin to three points in the final 5:14 of the first half, IWU tied the game at 34-34 at intermission and the Titans outscored the Big Blue, 43-29 in the final period and outrebounded Millikin in the game 42-26. Lindsey Ippel had 21 points for Millikin (14-6, 6-3 CCIW). The Titans play next at Wheaton at 2 p.m. Saturday, Feb. 9.

February 4
Illinois Wesleyan sophomore Christina Solari has been named women's basketball "Player of the Week" in the College Conference of Illinois & Wisconsin for her performance in two Titan wins from Jan. 25-Feb. 2. Playing only 21 minutes, Solari (Park Ridge, Ill., Maine South HS) was nine-of-11 from the field with 18 points and four rebounds in an 83-47 win at North Park on Jan. 25. On Feb. 2, the Titans moved into a first place tie in the CCIW with an 80-63 home win over Carthage. Solari scored nine points, pulled down 11 rebounds and handed out four assists. For the week she shot .706 from the field and averaged 13.5 points and 7.5 rebounds.

February 2
Illinois Wesleyan moved into a tie for first place in the College Conference of Illinois and Wisconsin with an 80-63 win over Carthage on Saturday, Feb. 2 at the Shirk Center. The Titans improved to 17-2 overall and the Lady Reds fell to 15-4 with both teams at 7-1 in the league. The Titans got 20 points from junior Mallory Heydorn (LaGrange, Ill., Lyons Township HS), 15 from junior Claire Sheehan (St. Charles, East HS), 14 out of senior Sarah Bull (Lewistown, Ill., HS)and 10 points and a game-high 13 rebounds from senior Crystal Dye (Springfield, Ill., Southeast HS). The Titans outrebounded the Lady Reds, 50-27, and forced 20 turnovers. The Titans play next at Millikin on Tuesday, Feb. 5.

January 29
The Illinois Wesleyan women's basketball team improved to 16-2 overall and 6-1 in the College Conference of Illinois and Wisconsin with an 83-47 win over North Park on Tuesday, Jan. 29 in Chicago. IWU got 18 points from sophomore Christina Solari (Park Ridge, Ill., Maine South HS), who was 9-for-11 from the field, while junior Claire Sheehan (St. Charles, East HS) and senior Sarah Bull (Lewistown, Ill., HS) each contributed 14 points. Freshman Stacey Arlis (Glendale Heights, Driscoll Catholic HS) grabbed eight rebounds as IWU outboarded the Vikings, 29-22, and forced 37 turnovers by North Park, who fell to 3-15 overall and 1-6 in the league. IWU hosts Carthage at 5 p.m. on Saturday, Feb. 2. The Lady Reds are 15-3 overall, 7-0 in the CCIW and have won a school-record 10 straight.

January 28
Illinois Wesleyan senior guard Sarah Bull (Lewistown, Ill., HS) has been named College Conference of Illinois & Wisconsin women’s basketball "Player of the Week" on Monday, Jan. 28 after her performance during the previous week of competition. Bull averaged 22.7 points in three Titan wins and shot .610 from the field (25-of-41) and .571 from beyond the 3-point line (12-of-21). Bull had 24 points and was eight-of-13 from the field (four-of-seven on 3-pointers) in an 86-76 win at Elmhurst on Jan. 22. She scored 23 points on eight-of-15 shooting from the field (five-of-eight on 3-pointers) and had two late steals in an 82-66 win at North Central on Jan. 26. Playing just 17 minutes in a 108-59 non-conference win over Robert Morris-Springfield on Jan. 24, Bull scored 21 points and was nine-of-13 from the field (three-of-six on 3-pointers).

January 26
Senior Sarah Bull (Lewistown, Ill., HS) led four players in double figures with 21 points as the Illinois Wesleyan women's basketball team downed North Central, 82-66, in Naperville on Saturday, Jan. 26. Junior Claire Sheehan (St. Charles, East HS) had 18 points while sophomore Christina Solari (Park Ridge, Ill., Maine South HS) scored 14 points with 10 rebounds, and senior Crystal Dye (Springfield, Ill., Southeast HS) scored 13 as the Titans improved to 15-2 overall and 5-1 in the College Conference of Illinois and Wisconsin. The Titans trailed 34-32 at the half but shot 62 percent (18 of 29) from the field in the final half and 50 percent (28 of 56) for the game. The Cardinals, who were forced into 20 turnovers, are now 7-10 overall (2-4 CCIW) and were led by the 17 point effort of Meghan McGuire. The Titans play next at North Park on Tuesday, Jan. 29.

January 24
All 14 women who played scored as Illinois Wesleyan rolled over Robert Morris-Springfield, 108-59, on Thursday, Jan. 24 at the Shirk Center. The No. 11-ranked Titans are 14-2 overall and the Eagles are 6-14. The Titans were led by the 22 points and six 3-pointers from junior Claire Sheehan (St. Charles, East HS) while senior Sarah Bull (Lewistown, Ill., HS) had 21. Freshman Sarah Cotner (Washington, Ill., HS) had 14 points and freshman Stacey Arlis (Glendale Heights, Driscoll Catholic HS) added 10. Freshman Nikki Preston (Prospect Heights, Ill., Wheeling HS) came off the bench to hand out six assists. IWU resumes College Conference of Illinois and Wisconsin action on Saturday, Jan. 26 with a road game at North Central.

January 22
Trailing 74-73 with 3:35 to play, the Illinois Wesleyan women's basketball team scored eight straight points and outscored Elmhurst, 13-2, down the stretch to claim an 86-76 win on the road on Tuesday, Jan. 22. The Titans improved to 13-2 overall and 4-1 in the College Conference of Illinois and Wisconsin while the Bluejays fell to 7-9, 3-2 CCIW. Senior Sarah Bull (Lewistown, Ill., HS) led the No. 11-ranked Titans with 24 points while senior Crystal Dye (Springfield, Ill., Southeast HS) and junior Colleen Caplice (Western Springs, Ill., Lyons Township HS) each had 14 and junior Claire Sheehan (St. Charles, East HS) added 13. Sophomore Christina Solari (Park Ridge, Ill., Maine South HS) grabbed 11 rebounds as IWU won the board battle, 36-34. IWU also made 19 of 21 free throws (.905) in the win. Elmhurst, who led 42-39 at halftime and by as many as seven early in the second half, was led by the 28 points of Lyndsie Long. IWU next hosts Robert Morris-Springfield at 4 p.m. Thursday, Jan. 24.

January 19
The Illinois Wesleyan women's basketball team improved to 12-2 overall and 3-1 in the College Conference of Illinois and Wisconsin with a 65-52 win over Wheaton at the Shirk Center on Saturday, Jan. 19. Sophomore Christina Solari (Park Ridge, Ill., Maine South HS) scored 19 points (the lone Titan in double figures) and collected a game-high nine rebounds. The Titans led 41-25 at the half and the Thunder (8-7, 0-4 CCIW) closed to within eight in the second half but could get no closer. IWU won the rebound battle, 47-34, and forced 22 turnovers while committing 25. IWU shot just 21 percent from beyond the arc (six of 28) as junior Claire Sheehan (St. Charles, Ill., East HS) scored nine and senior Sarah Bull (Lewistown, Ill., HS) and junior Mallory Heydorn (LaGrange, Ill., Lyons Township HS) each tallied eight. The Titans look for their third straight win in a game at Elmhurst on Tuesday, Jan. 22.

January 15
The Illinois Wesleyan women's basketball team trailed by as many as eight points (10-2) early in the game but rallied to claim a decisive 85-60 win over Augustana on Tuesday, Jan. 15 in Rock Island. The Titans (11-2 overall, 2-1 College Conference of Illinois and Wisconsin) got 18 points from junior Mallory Heydorn (LaGrange, Ill., Lyons Township HS), 17 from junior Claire Sheehan (St. Charles, Ill., East HS) and 16 from senior Sarah Bull (Lewistown, Ill., HS). IWU connected on 12 of 36 3-point attempts and forced 27 turnovers while also outrebounding the Vikings, 43-38, with five each from Bull and Heydorn and sophomore Christina Solari (Park Ridge, Ill., Maine South HS). The Vikings fell to 3-11 overall and 1-2 in the CCIW. IWU, who outscored Augustana 46-28 in the second half, will host Wheaton (8-6, 0-3 CCIW) at 2 p.m. Saturday, Jan. 19.

January 12
The Illinois Wesleyan women's basketball team had their nine game winning streak snapped in a 68-63 loss to Millikin at the Shirk Center on Saturday, Jan. 12. The Titans are now 10-2 overall while Millikin improved to 9-4 and both teams are 1-1 in the College Conference of Illinois and Wisconsin. Junior Mallory Heydorn (LaGrange, Ill., Lyons Township HS) led IWU with 16 points and collected five 3-pointers to give her 175 in her career and became the school's all-time leader, passing Traci Butler's 171 (1992-96). Senior Sarah Bull (Lewistown, Ill., HS) added 11 and sophomore Christina Solari (Park Ridge, Ill., Maine South HS) scored nine points with a game-high 12 rebounds. Lindsay Ippel (who became her school's all-time leading scorer in the game) scored 28 points with nine boards to pace the Big Blue, who took their first lead with 16:22 to go in the game and scored the final five points of the game after a 63-63 tie. The Titans outrebounded Millikin, 38-36, and forced 24 turnovers but connected on nine of 29 3-point tries (.310). IWU plays at Augustana on Tuesday, Jan. 15.

January 8
Senior Sarah Bull (Lewistown, Ill., HS) led four players in double figures with 22 points in 17 minutes as the Illinois Wesleyan women's basketball team cruised to a 95-43 win over North Park at the Shirk Center. It was the College Conference of Illinois and Wisconsin opener for both teams as IWU improved to 10-1 overall and North Park fell to 2-10. Junior Claire Sheehan (St. Charles, Ill., East HS) scored 15 while freshmen Hope Schulte (Hillsboro, Ill., HS) and Stacey Arlis (Glendale Heights, Driscoll Catholic HS) each collected 10. Sophomore Christina Solari (Park Ridge, Ill., Maine South HS) grabbed a game-high nine rebounds as IWU outrebounded the Vikings, 40-37, and IWU forced 41 turnovers while committing only 16. IWU, ranked No. 5 in the ESPN/USA Today poll, hosts Millikin at 2 p.m. Saturday, Jan. 12.
RECORD NOTE: Junior Mallory Heydorn (LaGrange, Ill., Lyons Township HS) has 170 career 3-point field goals and needs two to eclipse the school record of 171, set by Traci Butler in 102 games from 1992-96. Heydorn has played in 61 games.

December 30
Illinois Wesleyan sophomore Christina Solari (Park Ridge, Ill., Maine South HS) was named the tournament "Most Valuable Player" and senior Sarah Bull (Lewistown, Ill., HS) was also on the all-tournament team as IWU defeated Cal.-Santa Cruz, 91-45, on Sunday, Dec. 30 to win the Cal Lutheran Tournament in Thousand Oaks, Calif. Bull led IWU (who is now 9-1) with 18 points while Solari and senior Crystal Dye (Springfield, Ill., Southeast HS) each scored 14 and freshman Hope Schulte (Hillsboro, Ill., HS) contributed 12. Solari grabbed a team-high seven rebounds as the Banana Slugs (5-10) outrebounded IWU, 44-34. The No. 10-ranked Titans, who connected on eight of 31 3-point tries, are off until Tues., Jan. 8 when they open College Conference of Illinois and Wisconsin play at home against North Park.

December 29
The Illinois Wesleyan women's basketball team set a school game scoring record in a 114-40 blasting of Milwaukee School of Engineering in the first round of the Cal Lutheran Tournament at Thousand Oaks, Calif. on Saturday, Dec. 29. The old record was 109 points in a win at Rockford in the 1995-96 season. Six Titans scored in double figures, led by freshman Nikki Preston (Prospect Heights, Ill., Wheeling HS) with 15, senior Kerri Gravlin (Metamora, Ill., HS) with 14, freshman Hope Schulte (Hillsboro, Ill., HS) with 13, seniors Crystal Dye (Springfield, Ill., Southeast HS) and Sarah Bull (Lewistown, Ill. HS) with 12 each and junior Claire Sheehan (St. Charles, Ill., East HS) with 11. No. 10- ranked IWU, now 8-1 overall, outrebounded MSOE (whose record fell to 0-10) by a 54-25 margin led by 14 from sophomore Christina Solari (Park Ridge, Ill., Maine South HS). The Titans, who also set a school record with 37 assists, were 17 of 42 from 3-point range and will play either UC-Santa Cruz or the host school for the title at 4 p.m. Pacific time on Sunday, Dec. 30.

December 18
The Illinois Wesleyan women's basketball team led 42-22 at the half and cruised to an 87-55 win over Manchester on Tuesday, Dec. 18 in Manchester, Ind. Senior Sarah Bull (Lewistown HS) scored 26 points to lead IWU while junior Claire Sheehan (St. Charles, East HS) had 16 and junior Mallory Heydorn (LaGrange, Lyons Township HS) added 10. IWU improved to 7-1 as they outrebounded the Spartans, 45-29, led by 15 from sophomore Christina Solari (Park Ridge, Maine South HS). The Titans, now ranked No. 8 in the USA Today/ESPN Division III poll, play next against Milwaukee School of Engineering on Dec. 29 in the first round of the California Lutheran Tournament in Thousand Oaks, Calif.
The No. 8 ranking is the highest ever achieved by an Illinois Wesleyan women's basketball team - the Titans have been No. 10 two weeks this season and reached No. 10 in two separate weeks last season.

December 15-16
The Illinois Wesleyan women's basketball team scored the first 27 points of the game, led 55-22 at the half, and cruised to an 86-45 win over Blackburn on Saturday, Dec. 15 at the Harriett Crannell Holiday Classic in Decatur. Senior Sarah Bull (Lewistown HS) led IWU with 17 points while senior Kerri Gravlin (Metamora HS) had 15 and senior Crystal Dye (Springfield, Southeast HS) and sophomore Christina Solari (Park Ridge, Maine South HS) each had 10. Senior Thea Rogers (Hoffman Estates, Oak Park-River Forest HS) had a team-high eight rebounds for IWU, who improved to 6-1. The Titans held a 42-32 rebound edge and forced the Beavers (now 1-4) into 32 turnovers. The Titans' scheduled game vs. Robert Morris-Springfield on Sunday, Dec. 16 has been cancelled and not due to weather. RMC is unable to field a team due to injuries sustained in last night's loss to Millikin.

December 10
Illinois Wesleyan junior guard Mallory Heydorn (LaGrange, Ill., Lyons Township High School) is the co-winner of the "Player of the Week" award for women's basketball in the College Conference of Illinois and Wisconsin as she averaged 19.5 points in two Illinois Wesleyan wins including an NCAA record-setting effort on Dec. 4 at Fontbonne. Heydorn had her fifth career game with seven three-point field goals (in 10 attempts) as she scored 22 points with three assists to lead Illinois Wesleyan to a 98-72 win over Fontbonne on Dec. 4 in St. Louis. In the game, the Titans and Fontbonne combined for 27 three-point field goals to set an NCAA Division III record. On Dec. 8 Heydorn scored 17 in a 97-62 home win over Illinois-Springfield and was five-for-10 from behind the arc with three assists. For the week she was 12-of-20 in three-point accuracy (.600). Heydorn shared the award with senior forward Lindsey Ippel, who helped Millikin to a three-game winning streak last week, averaging 25.3 points and 7.7 rebounds per game.

December 8
Four starters scored in double figures as the Illinois Wesleyan women's basketball team handled the Illinois-Springfield Prairie Stars, 97-62 at the Shirk Center on Saturday, Dec. 8. Crystal Dye (Springfield, Ill., Southeast HS) and Mallory Heydorn (LaGrange, Lyons Townships HS) each scored 17 to lead IWU while Claire Sheehan (St. Charles, East HS) and Sarah Bull (Lewistown HS) each accounted for 14. Sophomore Christina Solari (Park Ridge, Maine South HS) came off the bench and led IWU with eight rebounds. The Titans (who improved to 5-1) shot 52 percent (35 of 67) from the field, made 14 3-pointers and forced the Prairie Stars (3-8) into 32 turnovers. The Titans will play Blackburn on Dec. 15 and Robert Morris-Springfield on Dec. 16 at the Harriett Crannell Tournanent at Millikin.

December 4
Junior Mallory Heydorn had her fifth career game with seven 3-point field goals as she scored 22 points to lead the Illinois Wesleyan women's basketball team to a 98-72 win over Fontbonne on Tuesday, Dec. 4 in St. Louis. In the game, IWU (with 18) and Fontbonne (with 9) combined for 27 3-point field goals to set an NCAA Division III record. The old mark was 26, set by Cabrini (20) and Rosemount (6) on Feb. 15, 1994 and equalled by McMurry (16) and Schreiner (10) on Jan. 20, 2007. The IWU team game record is 19, set at Emory last season. Senior Sarah Bull (17 points), junior Claire Sheehan (15) and sophomore Christina Solari (11) all contributed offensively for the Titans, who improved to 4-1, while Solari snared 16 rebounds, equalling her career high as the Titans outrebounded the 0-3 Griffins, 47-34. The Titans, who improved to No. 10 in the USA Today/ESPN Division III coaches' poll, entertain Illinois-Springfield on Saturday, Dec. 8 at 5:15 p.m.

December 2
The Illinois Wesleyan women's basketball team handled MacMurray, 99-55, at the Shirk Center on Sunday, Dec. 2. The Titans improved to 3-1 this season and got 14 points from junior Claire Sheehan (St. Charles, Ill., East HS) and 13 each from junior Mallory Heydorn (LaGrange, Ill., Lyons Township HS) and senior Crystal Dye (Springfield, Ill., Southeast HS). IWU forced the Highlanders into 39 turnovers while shooting .556 from the field (40 of 72). Senior Kerri Gravlin (Metamora, Ill., HS) had nine points and three steals and freshman Hope Schulte (Hillsboro, Ill., HS) had nine points and grabbed three rebounds. IWU hits the road for a game Tuesday, Dec. 4 at Fontbonne in St. Louis.

November 20
The Illinois Wesleyan women's basketball team breezed to a 50 point nonconference win over Eureka, 90-40, on Tuesday, Nov. 20 at the Shirk Center. The Titans (2-1) had 16 players score, led by 16 from Mallory Heydorn and 14 from Sarah Bull. Christina Solari led IWU with seven rebounds as the Titans held a 46-36 edge in rebounds and forced 44 turnovers. Freshman Sarah Cotner (shown) came off the bench to score nine and Claire Sheehan also tallied nine. Eureka (0-3) got 17 points and 12 rebounds from Nicole Fisher. IWU plays next at home against MacMurray at 5:15 p.m. on Saturday, Dec. 1.

November 17
The Illinois Wesleyan women's basketball team battled back from a 23 point deficit to close to within eight with less than 3:00 to play, but could get no closer in a 77-66 loss to defending national champion DePauw in Greencastle, Ind., on Saturday, Nov. 17. The Titans (1-1) were led by 12 points each from senior Crystal Dye and junior Mallory Heydorn while junior Claire Sheehan had 10 and sophomore Christina Solari came off the bench to add 10 points and a team-high nine rebounds. IWU forced 25 turnovers but were outrebounded, 42-21, and shot just 38 percent (22 of 58) from the field. DePauw (2-0) was ranked 2nd in USA Today/ESPN preseason coaches' Poll and 5th byD3hoops.com while IWU was No. 16 in the coaches' poll and 15th by D3hoops.com. The Titans host Eureka at 5 p.m. on Tuesday, Nov. 20 at the Shirk Center, a change of venue as the game was originally slated to be on the road.

November 16
The No. 15-ranked Illinois Wesleyan women's basketball team jumped out to an early lead and rolled to a 69-51 win over Washington U. in the Tip-Off Tournament hosted by DePauw University in Greencastle, Ind. on Friday, Nov. 16. The Bears, last year's national runners-up, were ranked No. 1 in the USA Today/ESPN preseason poll. The Titans got 16 points from Mallory Heydorn while Claire Sheehan added 14 and grabbed a team-high nine rebounds. Crystal Dye had 10 points and seven rebounds for IWU, who led by as many as 23 with 4:35 to play. IWU shot 45 percent (27 of 59) from the field and connected on nine of 22 3-point attempts.

November 2
The Illinois Wesleyan women's basketball team has been picked No. 15 and No. 16 in the preseason polls done by D3hoops.com and USA Today/ESPN, respectively. Earlier the Titans (returning all five starters from a team that was 22-6 last year) were chosen to finish first in the College Conference of Illinois and Wisconsin preseason coaches' poll and were picked No. 10 in the national Division III poll done by Women's D-III News. The Titans open their season against Washington U., last year's national runner-up, on Friday, Nov. 16 at the DePauw Tip-Off Invitational.

October 31
The Illinois Wesleyan women's basketball team has been chosen to finish first in the College Conference of Illinois and Wisconsin preseason coaches' poll. The Titans return all five starters from a team that went 22-6 in 2006-07 and have already been picked No. 10 in the national Division III poll done by Women's D-III News. In the CCIW poll IWU received five first place votes and 47 points, while second place Millikin got 42 points and the remaining three first place votes. Wheaton, last year's CCIW tournament champion, was third with 37 points. Coached for the 10th season by Mia Smith, the Titans open their season against Washington U., last year's national runner-up, on Friday, Nov. 16 at the DePauw Tip-Off Invitational.

October 12
The Illinois Wesleyan women's basketball team is No. 10 in the preseason poll done by Women's DIII News. The Titans return all five starters from a team that went 22-6 in 2006-07. Capital, who also returns all five starters from a team that was 20-7 last year, is No. 1 followed by New York University and Washington U., both final four teams from a year ago. Bowdoin (Maine) and Kean round out the top five. The Titans open their season against Washington U., last year's runner-up, on Friday, Nov. 16 at the DePauw Invitational. DePauw is No. 6 preseason and Millikin is No. 13. Manchester, who IWU plays on December 19, is No. 24. Women's DIII News, founded in 1993, is a leading publication covering Division III women's basketball.

September 20
Ten letterwinners and all five starters return for the 2007-08 Illinois Wesleyan women's basketball team, which opens play on Friday, Nov. 16 at the DePauw Invitational against Washington U., last year's national runners-up. Mallory Heydorn, last season's "Most Valuable Player", leads the returners. A first team all-College Conference of Illinois and Wisconsin selection and a second team all-Central region choice, she averaged a team-high 17.1 points and made a school record 85 3-pointers for the Titans, who finished with a 22-6 record and were among teams in the Division III tournament. Other starters back are Sarah Bull, Claire Sheehan, Crystal Dye and Thea Rogers. Heydorn, Dye and Tasha Gaston-Bell will serve as team captains for 2007-08.