WHEATON -- A cold second quarter spelled disaster for the Millikin women in Saturday's 63-46 loss Wheaton in the team's CCIW opener.
"We were really cold shooters tonight and we had too many turnovers in terms of what hurt us badly," Millikin coach Lori Kerans said. "We shot 25 percent from the field and had 24 turnovers."
The cold 1-of-13 shooting by the Big Blue (3-2, 0-1) in the second quarter resulted in just two points being scored as Wheaton (4-1, 1-0) built a 15-point lead at halftime 27-12.
But Millikin battled back in the third quarter outscoring Wheaton 19-12, shrinking the lead to eight points 39-31 at the end of three quarters.
But in the fourth, the Big blue weren't able to keep up with Wheaton's offense.
In the loss, Kerans did find some bright spots.
"We can fix a cold-shooting night," she said. "Defensively we gave up 63 points but (Wheaton) had been averaging 85 points a game and we out rebounded them by three."
Millikin won the rebounding battle 44-41 and continued its hot free-throw shooting.
As a team, the Big Blue shot 17-of-19 from the charity stripe.
"We shot exceptionally well from the free throw line, making 90 percent of our shots," Kerans said.
Millikin's top scorer, Devin Curry, led with 12 points and was 2-of-2 from the line, extending her perfect streak for the season to 20 free throws straight.
Lauren Moses had a team high 12 rebounds with four points. Freshman Jordan Hildebrand had 10 points and five rebounds.
Wheaton got 12 points each from Maggie Dansdill and Hannah Frazier.
"What we have to do, and we will, we have to find the confidence on the offensive end," Kerans said. "We have to put the ball in the basket. We've got enough shots, but we couldn't get them to go down tonight."
Millikin plays next at Elmhurst College on December 6.