Iowa Wesleyan women earn first win
BY ANDY KRUTSINGER
Mt. Pleasant News
After a slow start to the season, the Iowa Wesleyan women finally got into the winner’s column with a dominant victory on Saturday afternoon.
IWU hosted Grinnell College in non-conference action. The Tigers didn’t lose any of the quarters as they notched their first victory of the year, 66-38.
The Tigers led, 11-7, after the first quarter of the game and dominated the second quarter, 20-5, to take a commanding 31-12 lead at halftime.
The Pioneers could never get the upper-hand on the Tigers, who won the third quarter, 15-12, and the fourth quarter, 20-14, to easily slide by with the 28-point victory.
Four Tigers reached double-digits in the win, led by Darby Massner who scored 18 points on 6-9 shooting, 2-3 from three-point land and 4-4 from the free throw line. Massner also led the team in assists, with four, and pulled down four rebounds.
Jaimie Hurd, LaStella Slack and Cairece Allen each finished the game with 11 points. Allen had the Tiger’s only double-double, with 10 rebounds as well. Hurd had three assists and four rebounds, and Slack finished with six rebounds.
Hunter Clark scored six points in the win. Allie Massner had four points. Josie Zerrusen had three points and three assists, and Ahlia Tai finished with two points.
The Tigers moved to 1-4 overall with the win and will now open their SLIAC schedule with three straight conference games.
The first matchup will be against MacMurray College who is 0-3 overall and was picked ninth in the SLIAC preseason poll to start the year. IWU was picked fourth in that poll.
They’ll face MacMurray on Wednesday, Nov. 30, at 6 p.m., with the men’s game following. After that, they’ll play Blackburn College and Spalding University on the road, on Dec. 3 and Dec. 10, respectively.
Blackburn was picked ninth in the preseason poll and Spalding is the conference favorite. The women’s league will have one less team this year as Principia College disbanded their women’s basketball program before the season started.
2016 SLIAC PRESEASON WOMEN’S BASKETBALL POLL: 1. Spalding 2. Greenville 3. Westminster 4. Iowa Wesleyan 5. Webster 6. Eureka 7. Fontbonne 8. MacMurray 9. Blackburn