IWC men snap streak, women fall to AIB
The IWC men’s basketball team snapped a five-game losing streak on Wednesday night as it defeated the AIB College of Business in Ruble Arena, while the IWC women struggled to control the ball in a 55-43 loss to the Eagles.
In the men’s game, the Tigers jumped out early and came away with the 74-60 win over the Eagles, bringing the Tigers record to 8-12 on the year. The Eagles remain winless, falling to 0-21 on the season.
The Tigers used a great team effort to get the win as four Tigers scored in double figures.
Kyle Warner had a game-high 20 points, shooting six-for-10 from the field and seven-for-nine from the charity stripe.
Joe Evans added 16 points for the Tigers on six-for-nine shooting. He also electrified the crowd with an alley-oop dunk early in the second half from a pass by Jon Umoren.
Evans also pulled down six boards for the Tigers.
Cam Sanchez had 12 points and a team-high seven rebounds, including four offensive boards. Sanchez was also six-for-nine shooting from the floor.
Umoren added 10 points and five assists in the Tigers’ win. He was two-for-four from the field and shot six-for-seven from the free throw line.
As a team, the Tigers shot an impressive 50.0 percent from the field for the game.
IWC also frustrated the Eagles all night, forcing 13 turnovers. Evans and Dan Missey each had three steals to lead the defense.
The Tiger women had their share of trouble with turnovers earlier in the night. They turned the ball over 26 times during the game.
The ball didn’t seem to want to cooperate with either team, however, as the Eagles also turned the ball over repeatedly. They recorded 27 turnovers. The Tigers had 11 steals on the night, led by Michelle Price with three.
Ashley Kruse led the Tigers once again, scoring above her 14.6 points-per-game average as she recorded 17 points on the night. Kruse was four-of-10 from the field and shot nine-for-13 from the free throw line.
Stephanie Russak added 11 points for the Tigers, hitting four-of-10 from the field as well. Russak was three-for-nine from beyond the arc. As a team, IWC was just four-of-15 from deep; Jana Meister hit the other 3-pointer for the Tigers.
The Tigers managed to shoot just 30.2 percent from the field, hitting13 of 43 shots on the night.
The Tigers held the Eagles to 39.6 percent shooting, but that was all the Eagles needed to come out on top.
IWC’s loss drops it to 5-13 on the year, while the Eagles improve to 2-16.
The Tiger women look to bounce back from the loss as they head to MacMurray College in Jacksonville, Ill., on Saturday.
The women’s game is set to tip off at 3 p.m. and will follow the men’s game at 1 p.m.
IWC MEN (74)
Kyle Warner 6 7-9 20, Joe Evans 6 2-2 16, Cam Sanchez 6 0-0 12, Jon Umoren 2 6-7 10, Dan Missey 3 0-0 7, Will Stephenson 3 0-0 6, Matt Schackow 0 2-2 2, Derrick Nillissen 0 1-3 1
3-point goals — Evans 2, Missey, Warner
IWC WOMEN (43)
Ashley Kruse 4 9-13 17, Stephanie Russak 4 0-0 11, Jana Meister 2 2-4 7, Kara Carter 1 1-2 3, Michelle Price 1 0-0 2, Danielle Des Jardins 1 0-0 2; Karson Orrick 0 1-2 1.
3-point goals — Russak 3, Meister