IWC women dealt first conference lossTiger men travel to Eureka, claim 69-62 victory over hosts
EUREKA, Ill. — The Iowa Wesleyan College women's basketball team took their first conference loss of the season on Tuesday night, falling to Eureka College, 65-60. The Tigers led by as many as 13 points in the game but fell after a late run by the Red Devils.
The loss drops the Tigers to 4-1 in the SLIAC (9-3 overall).
The men’s team also competed against conference foe Eureka on Tuesday night, claiming a 69-62 win over their hosts.
The IWC men improve to 5-7 overall and 2-3 in the SLIAC with the win.
In the women’s game, the Tigers controlled much of the first half against the Red Devils, building a 33-24 lead at the break. The Tigers then extended that lead to as much as 13 with 9:54 remaining on the clock.
The Red Devils wouldn't give up, however, and they used a 15-0 run to take a two-point lead over the Tigers with 7:41 left in the game.
Late in the game, the Tigers and Red Devils went back and forth with neither team able to pull away.
IWC was able to grab a 60-59 lead with 1:20 remaining, but the Red Devils regained the lead just 30 seconds later on two free throws by Caty Eeten.
The Tigers had a chance, but a turnover with 20 seconds remaining forced the Tigers to foul and the Red Devils calmly knocked down their shots.
They added two more free throws with three seconds left to seal the deal.
Coming off her career game on Saturday, IWC’s Karla Vietinghoff once again led the purple and white, recording 20 points on 8-of-13 shooting, including 4-of-8 from deep. She pulled down seven rebounds as well.
Stephanie Russak came back from injury to add 11 points for the Tigers. Russak was 4-of-10 from the floor, connecting on 3-of-9 from beyond the arc. Russak had a team-high four assists as well.
Lauren Grubb reached double figures as well, adding 10 points on 4-of-8 shooting.
As a team, the Tigers shot 49.0 percent from the floor, while holding the Red Devils to 34.9 percent.
The Tigers turned the ball over 25 times, while the Red Devils had just 13 turnovers in the game.
In the men’s game, the Tigers got on the board first on a layup by Joe Lennon, and they never looked back.
IWC held a 30-24 lead at halftime of the road contest. They were able to stretch their lead to as many as 13 points in the second half, and while the Red Devils did get within two, they couldn’t get past the Tigers in the conference game.
Four Tigers scored in double figures, led by Will Stephenson with 15 points. Stephenson also had a team-high eight rebounds.
Dion Lightner added 11 points, while Murray Schwengels and Chris Martin chipped in 10 points each.
Duane Lee dished out seven assists and
Next up for the Tigers is a home doubleheader on Saturday, when the Tigers host Webster University.
The women’s game is scheduled to begin at 1 p.m., and tipoff for the men’s game is set for 3 p.m. at Ruble Arena.