MARION – Kendall Bradbury was just too much for Indiana Wesleyan to handle Friday night.
The Taylor University star tossed in 39 points to lead her No. 18 ranked team past the host and No. 15 Wildcats 62-58 in a semifinal contest of the Crossroads League Tournament.
No. 18 Taylor, now 23-9, advances to play top seed Marian (30-2) in the tourney title game at Marian Monday night at 7 p.m. Marian beat Grace 79-59 in the other semifinal contests Friday night.
Bradbury, a junior, hit 14-25 shots and 8-9 from the free throw line. She went over 2,000 career points during her scoring outburst, becoming the third Taylor women’s player to reach the milestone and just the 11th overall in Crossroads League history.
Taylor led 17-11 after the opening period and 27-21 at halftime. The Trojans were up 43-32 at the end of the third quarter before an IWU rally fell short in the final frame.
Former Warsaw star Dayton Groninger had a strong effort for IWU. The freshman guard scored 10 points, including hitting a pair of treys. She also had five rebounds in 15 minutes of action for the Wildcats.
Anna Imhoff led IWU with 25 points.
Taylor outscored the hosts 15-4 from the free throw line.
IWU, now 24-8, will await the unveiling of the NAIA Division II National Tournament bracket on Wednesday night.