IWC splits clash with Principia
The Iowa Wesleyan basketball teams went 1-1 against Principia College on Thursday night in Ruble Arena, as the IWC women defeated the Panthers, 69-50, and the men fell by a score of 78-86 to the visitors.
Things started off slowly in the women’s game, with neither team able to find the bucket until IWC’s Karla Vietinghoff put the Tigers up, 2-0, 3:15 in the game. The Panthers tied it up, but the Tigers quickly regained the lead and never trailed in the contest.
At the break, the IWC women held a 34-19 lead. They extended that lead to as much as 25 in the second half. The win keeps the Tigers atop the conference standings at a perfect 4-0 (8-2 overall).
The Tigers used a team effort to get the win as eight players scored. Karla Vietinghoff had a game-high 15 points on 5-of-9 shooting. She also pulled down eight rebounds.
Lauren Grubb reached double figures as well, adding 10 points (3-of-5 shooting) for the purple and white.
Kara Carter, Whitney Godden, and Jana Meister each scored nine points for IWC.
In the men’s game, the visiting Panthers jumped out on top early, building a 12-7 lead over the Tigers with 15:25 left in the first half. The Tigers charged back with a 20-3 run, building a 12-point lead with 9:11 remaining in the half. The Tigers led 44-31 at the break.
In the second half, however, the Panthers clawed their way back on a 19-6 run to tie things up, 59-59, with 11:40 on the clock.
The Panthers kept the pressure on and managed to take a 12-point lead of their own with just 3:36 left. But the Tigers wouldn’t give in — they made some big plays down the stretch and cut the deficit to just four points with 42 seconds left.
With time running out, however, the Tigers were forced to foul and the Panthers hit their free throws to seal the deal.
Chris Martin and Will Stephenson each scored 12 points for the Tigers. Stephenson recorded a double-double, pulling down a game-high 16 rebounds as well.
Duane Lee added 11 points and eight rebounds for the purple and white. Cameron Caudle also reached double figures, scoring 10 points on 4-of-6 shooting.
The Tigers fall to 1-3 in the SLIAC (3-7 overall).
Both basketball teams return to action on Saturday at home.
The women kick things off against Viterbo University at 1 p.m. and the men follow, taking on Illinois Institute of Technology at 3 p.m.