Iowa Wesleyan women roll through MacMurray
The Iowa Wesleyan College women’s basketball team kept rolling with another St. Louis Intercollegiate Athletic Conference win on Wednesday. The Tigers defeated MacMurray by a score of 73-51.
The Tiger men’s basketball team took a shot at the top ranked team in the conference on Wednesday night, but the Highlanders wouldn’t be upset, handing the Tigers a 76-52 loss.
The IWC women got off to a fast start in their game, running to an 18-point lead in the first 10 minutes — they had a 20-2 advantage over the Gorlocks.
The Tigers were up 28-15 at halftime and never let MacMurray get closer than 11 points in the second half.
Stephanie Russak scored 16 points to lead the Tigers. She was 5-for-11 from the floor on the night, including 4-for-9 from deep.
Karla Vietinghoff and Jana Meister chipped in 14 points apiece and Whitney Godden scored 11.
Kara Carter had a team-high 10 rebounds for IWC. Russak grabbed four steals.
Four different Tigers dished out three assists each: Meister, Vietinghoff, Godden and Dakota Flesner.
In the men’s game, IWC opened with a lot of energy, taking a 6-0 lead. The Tigers held onto the lead until the Highlanders took a 16-15 lead with 9:13 remaining in the first half. The Highlanders then poured it on, building a 36-23 lead over the Tigers by halftime.
The Tigers struggled to start the second half as the visitors went on a 16-6 run over the first 7:17. MacMurray extended its second-half lead to as much as 27 on the way to the win.
Trey Politte came off the bench to lead the Tigers in scoring with 11 points on 5-of-7 shooting. Ramon Taylor added 10 points on 5-of-13 shooing and pulled down five rebounds for IWC.
Chris Martin scored nine points.
MacMurray’s Brady Slagle had a game-high 21 points (8-of-16). Slagle recorded a double-double, pulling down a game-high 13 rebounds as well.
The Tigers fall to 5-11 overall and 2-7 in the SLIAC.
The Tigers return to action on Saturday as they travel to Webster University to take on the Gorlocks.
Tip-off for the women’s game is set for 1 p.m. in St. Louis. The men play at 3 p.m.
IOWA WESLEYAN WOMEN (73)
Stephanie Russak 5 2-2 16, Karla Vietinghoff 5 0-0 14, Jana Meister 5 3-5 14, Whitney Godden 3 2-3 11, Dakota Flesner 3 2-2 8, Kara Carter 2 4-5 8, Lauren Grubb 1 0-2 2.
3-point goals: Vietinghoff (4), Russak (4), Godden (3), Meister.
IOWA WESLEYAN MEN (52)
Trey Politte 5 0-1 11, Ramon Taylor 5 0-4 10, Chris Martin 3 0-0 9, Murray Schwengels 4 0-0 8, Marquise Lewis 2 1-1 5, Dion Lightner 2 0-0 4, Duane Lee 1 0-0 3, Will Stephenson 0 1-2 1, James McBride 0 1-2 1.
3-point goals: Martin (3), Lee, Politte.