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IWC women host South Australia in exhibition game

Nov 23, 2012
Photo by: Ashlee De Wit IWC’s Ashley Kruse (12) dribbles around a defender in the Tigers’ game against the U20 South Australian team on Wednesday.

The Iowa Wesleyan College women’s basketball team hosted the South Australian U20 Club in an exhibition game on Wednesday night at Ruble Arena.

In the end, the visitors came out on top, defeating the Tigers, 55-53, as the Tigers were unable to get off a last-second shot.

The visiting Australians made themselves at home from beyond the arc as they hit 12 three-point shots in the game, shooting 36.4 percent from deep.

In fact, they put up more shots from behind the arc than inside it, as 30 of their 55 field goal attempts on the night were from three-point range.

Their constant ball movement created several open looks and they capitalized to defeat the host Tigers.

The Australians had IWC on its heels early in the game, going ahead by as many as 14 points.

The Tigers were still trailing by eight at halftime, 31-23, after shooting only 26.7 percent.

They upped that shooting percentage to 39.1 in the second half, and, at one point, tied the score. However, they could never take a lead.

Down 55-51, Jana Meister hit two free throws to bring the Tigers within two points with five seconds left to play. But that wasn’t enough for IWC, as they couldn’t get the game-tying shot off.

As a team, the Tigers shot 30 percent from beyond the arc as they were three-for-10. Overall, the Tigers shot 32.1 percent from the field in the loss.

The Tigers won the battle of the boards as they had 34 rebounds to the Australians’ 27, but the tall visitors came up with eight blocked shots while the Tigers had only one.

Meister led the Tigers once again as she led all scorers with 20 points on seven-of-16 shooting. She was a perfect five-for-five from the line.

Ashley Kruse recorded a double-double for the Tigers as she had 13 points (five-of-nine shooting) and 10 rebounds, including six offensive boards.

Before the game, the Tigers exchanged gifts with the visitors, and afterwards, the players all shared a meal together and got a chance to interact.

This international basketball experience for the current Tiger team comes on the week of the 50th anniversary of when the Tigers women's basketball team hosted the Russian Olympic basketball team back on Nov. 19, 1962.

The IWC women return to action on Monday, Nov. 26, when they host the Culver-Stockton College Wildcats in a doubleheader.

Tip-off is set for 5:30 p.m. and will be followed by the IWC men's basketball game at 7:30 p.m.

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