IWC splits games with Fontbonne
The Iowa Wesleyan College women's basketball team picked up a narrow win over Fontbonne University on Saturday and improve to 7-1 in SLIAC action.
The Tigers used a strong balanced attack to take down the Griffins, 75-73, with four Tigers reaching double figures.
The Tiger men’s basketball team struggled to contain the Griffins on Saturday, as the purple and white fell 76-51. The loss drops the Tigers to 5-10 on the year and 2-6 in the SLIAC.
In the women’s game, Stephanie Russak had a team-high 16 points on 5-of-9 shooting. Russak hit 4-of-8 from beyond the arc. She had a team-high four assists on the afternoon as well.
Whitney Godden and Dakota Flesner each added 14 points for the purple and white. Godden was 5-of-10 from the floor, including 4-of-8 from deep. Flesner shot 5-of-9 from the floor.
Kara Carter had 13 points (5-of-8). Carter pulled down a game-high eight rebounds as well.
Free throws were key for the Tigers, as IWC was 13-of-21 from the stripe for the game. The Griffins were just 3-of-9. Carter had two clutch free throws with seven seconds left in the game, which proved to be the winning baskets as the Griffins’ Nicole Joerger hit a buzzer-beating 3-point shot in the end to bring Fontbonne within two as time expired.
In the men’s game, the Tigers fell behind early as the Griffins opened the game with a 10-0 run and built the lead to as much as 19 in the first half.
The second half was much of the same, as the Griffins shot 55.8 percent from the field for the game, while holding the Tigers to 33.3 percent shooting.
Ramon Taylor led the Tigers with 10 points (5-of-10). Will Stephenson added nine points (4-of-8).
The Griffins had five players score in double figures, led by Jared Greenlee with a game-high 14 points (7-of-8).
The Tigers look to bounce back when they host MacMurray College on Wednesday.
The women play at 6 p.m., followed by the men at 8 p.m.