IW basketball teams enter break in top half of SLIAC standings
BY ANDY KRUTSINGER
Mt. Pleasant News
One semester of college basketball is in the books and the Iowa Wesleyan basketball teams can look towards the bulk of their conference schedule in the last two months of the season.
Both the Tiger men and women find themselves in the top four teams in the SLIAC (St. Louis Intercollegiate Athletic Conference) after the first few games of conference play.
The IW men are in a three-way tie at the top with Greenville and West Minster at 3-1 in the conference. The Tiger men also sit at 7-4 overall to start the season.
Senior transfer Steven Soukup leads the Tigers in scoring with 25.5 points per game in conference play. He is third in the SLIAC in scoring, just behind Eureka stars Shea Feehan (28.3 PPG in conference play) and Kendall Davis (25.7 PPG in conference play).
The Tiger men have two of the top 10 leading scorers in the conference this season. Junior guard Brock Butler is hitting 18.3 points per game in SLIAC play, which is ninth best in the conference.
Senior transfer Michael Soukup has dished out the most assists in SLIAC games this year. He has 23 helpers on the year.
Leading the Tigers’ defense in steals and blocks this year is Steven, who is tied for fourth with seven steals in conference games and tied for ninth in blocks, with three.
Marquis Jones has seven steals during conference play, which puts him in an eight-way tie for eighth in the SLIAC.
The IW women are tied with Webster for third in the conference at winter break. The Tigers sit at 2-1 in the conference and 3-7 overall.
The Tiger women have three players in the top 10 in conference points per game. Cairece Allen and Jaimie Hurd have scored 14 PPG in SLIAC games this season, which puts them in a tie for fifth. LaStella Slack is right behind them in seventh, with 13.7 PPG.
Allen is tied for third in total rebounds, having played one less game than game than most others on the list. Allen has 27 boards, which is just behind two players from Westminster, Andrea Zlis (48 SLIAC rebouncs) and Mirrakohl Johnson (34 SLIAC rebounds).
Hurd has dished out 14 SLIAC assists this season, which puts her alone in fifth place in the conference.
Allen and Hurd have led the Tiger defense with 10 steals apiece in their three conference games, which puts them in a six-way tie for third in the conference. Slack is in a three-way tie for sixth place in blocks, with three.
The Tigers will start the month of January with two home games against schools with winning records on both the men’s and women’s side.
IW will host Webster on Wednesday, Jan. 4, at 6 p.m., and Greenville on Saturday, Jan. 7, at 1 p.m. The women’s game will start things off both nights, with the men’s game to follow.