MNN Local Sports

Western Illinois Womens Basketball moved to 15-6 (5-2 Summit League) Wednesday night with a 118-93 home victory over Denver. The Leathernecks and Pioneers combined for 36 made three-pointers, a new NCAA Women's Basketball record. Denver shot 18-42 from beyond with WIU finishing at 18-30 from outside. 


Emily Clemens finished with 39 points, 9 rebounds and 13 assists. The scoring output sets a new career high for Clemens, while her assists mark ties a career high. Teammates Morgan Blumer (28 points, which ties a career high) and Taylor Higginbotham (26 points) also scored over 25 points. Olivia Braun and Olivia Kaufmann each cracked double figures as well, scoring 10 points a piece.  


After getting ahead 3-1 with 8:44 left in the first quarter on a Braun trey, WIU never relinquished the lead, holding a 37-27 advantage after the first frame. Western led 93-81 after three quarters, but closed the game out nicely in the fourth, outscoring Denver 25-12 in the final ten minutes. 


Blumer (7-9 3fg), Higginbotham (4-7 3fg), Clemens (3-7 3fg), Braun (2-2 3fg), Kaufmann (1-2 3fg) and Sam Pryor (1-2 3fg) all contributed to the record setting shooting night. Western Illinois retakes the floor at home Saturday, facing North Dakota State Saturday at 4:30 p.m. for the annual Think Pink Game.