|Hannah Considine scored more points on Wednesday night (26) than the entire Illinois Wesleyan starting line up (25).
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No. 23 Wheaton (Ill.) defeated Illinois Wesleyan to claim a share of first place in the CCIW while St. Thomas moved into a tie for first in the MIAC with some help from Augsburg.
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Wheaton started a critical three-game stretch with a win at Illinois Wesleyan, 69-53. The Thunder held the Titans to 29 percent shooting and a six-point second quarter. Wheaton forward Hannah Considine outscored the Illinois Wesleyan starting lineup on her own (26 to 25) and Chantel Meachem added nine points and nine assists for the Thunder. Wheaton (14-4, 6-2) is tied for first with Illinois Wesleyan (11-8, 6-2) but has swept the season series.
The Thunder play at North Central (Ill.) on Saturday and then at North Park next Wednesday.
No. 12 St. Thomas grabbed a share of first place in the MIAC after an expected win of its own and a surprise loss by St. Mary's (Minn.). The Tommies (15-3, 9-2) had little trouble with Macalester (7-11, 2-9) as St. Thomas beat the Scots 79-62 behind another double-double for Kaitlin Langer (13 points, 10 rebounds). Augsburg upset St. Mary's 82-70 on the road for its fifth conference win of the season. Maria Loughlin scored 22 points for the Augies who led 46-28 at the break.
No. 15 Ohio Northern similarly got a win and some help in the OAC race, though it didn't come as easy for the Polar Bears. They held off Otterbein 72-69 despite the Cardinals shooting 42 percent from three. Amy Bullimore had 25 points and 14 rebounds for Ohio Northern.
Alissa Munro's buzzer beater lifted Baldwin Wallace over Mount Union 61-59 in overtime, pushing the Yellow Jackets into a tie for second with No. 15 Capital. The Crusaders lost at Wilmington 64-56 as Brittaney Jefferson and Ellie Kivell scored 10 points a piece in the fourth quarter for the Quakers.
Guilford helped itself to a larger lead in the ODAC race. Those Quakers defeated Lynchburg 63-50 and Anais Weatherly notched her third straight 20-point game for Guilford. The Quakers have a 1.5 game lead over Lynchburg in the conference standings and own the head-to-head tiebreaker since they only play each other once.
No. 2 Amherst kept its perfect record in tact by beating Williams 66-54 in the archrivals' second meeting of the season. Amanni Fernandez had 28 points for the Ephs while Ali Doswell countered with 27 points and 13 rebounds for the team formerly known as the Lord Jeffs.
The CSAC has a surprise leader after Marywood won at Gwynedd-Mercy, 56-47. The Pacers are 8-0 in conference with a one-game lead on the Griffins and a 1.5 game lead on defending champions Cabrini.
A few teams and players reached noteworthy milestones on Wednesday night. No. 1 Thomas More won easily at Grove City 92-37 for its 50th consecutive win. Ashlee Rogers picked up her 100th coaching victory as Marymount scrapped past Wesley 57-52.
Eireann Anastasi became the fourth player in Delaware Valley history to score 40 points in the Aggies' 95-81 win at Misericordia. Olivia Hoffman set a new school record with 10 blocks as King's smothered next door rival Wilkes 77-47.
Babson's Linnett Graber scored the 1,000th point of her career in the Beavers' 73-41 blasting of MIT. Babson remains a half-game behind WPI which pushed its winning streak to 15 games with a lopsided 59-29 win at Mount Holyoke. Katelyn Smith scored 28 points for Transylvania which edged Earlham 75-73 on Rachel Cox's buzzer beater.