Hot-shooting IWC sweeps MacMurray
The Iowa Wesleyan College men’s basketball team picked up their second win in a row on Saturday, taking down the MacMurray College Highlanders, 64-61. It was a great battle between the teams who will begin seeing each other next year as conference opponents.
The IWC women’s basketball team also won big on Saturday, defeating MacMurray College, 52-33. The win improves the Tigers to 6-13 on the season.
In the men’s game, the Tigers used some hot shooting to grab the win, hitting 56.8 percent from the field. They shot an amazing 73.3 percent in the first half, hitting 11 of 15 shots in the first 20 minutes. The Tigers also shot an impressive nine-of-14 from behind the 3-point line. As a team, the Tigers are shooting 37.8 percent from deep on the season.
Joe Evans led the Tigers with 14 points on a perfect five-for-five shooting from the field, including two-for-three from beyond the arc. Kyle Warner had a double-double in the win, adding 13 points and 10 rebounds. Warner was four-of-10 from the field and a perfect three-for-three from deep.
Cam Sanchez added 12 points and five rebounds for the Tigers. Dan Missey also reached double figures, scoring 11 points.
The Tigers are now 9-12 on the year.
In the women’s game, the Tigers used a balanced team attack against the Highlanders, as seven Tigers players scored in the game. Jana Meister led the team with a game-high 14 points. She was two-for-three from the field and was a perfect nine-for-nine from the free throw line. Kara Carter had a big game for the Tigers as she recorded a double-double in the win. Carter added 11 points and pulled down 10 boards.
Ashley Kruse also reached double figures in scoring, adding 10 points for the Tigers. Kruse was also two-for-three from the field and a perfect six-for-six from the charity stripe. She also grabbed eight rebounds.
The Tigers were on fire in the first half as they shot 75.0 percent from the field. They shot a strong 56.0 percent from the field for the entire game and were 81.5 percent from the free throw line.
The Tigers defense played strong as well, forcing 25 turnovers and recording 12 steals in the game. They held the Highlanders to just 33.3 percent shooting in the first half, allowing just 12 points to help build a 29-12 halftime lead.
The first half sealed the deal as the Tigers and Highlanders played evenly in the second half, with the Tigers just outscoring the Highlanders 23-21 for the half.
The Tigers return to action on Wednesday, Jan. 23 as they head to Clarke University. Tip-off for the women is set for 5:30 pm in Dubuque, and the men will play at 7:30 p.m.