IWC women triumph over conference foe GreenvilleTiger men can’t stop second half charge by Panthers in 78-65 SLIAC loss
The Iowa Wesleyan College women’s basketball team battled with Greenville early but maintained a second-half lead over the Panthers on their way to a 73-57, St. Louis Intercollegiate Athletic Conference win on Wednesday night.
The IWC men’s team took an early lead over the Panthers in their conference contest but faltered in the second half, ultimately falling by a score of 78-65.
The IWC women are now 11-3 overall and 6-1 in the SLIAC, while the men fall to 5-9 overall and 2-5 in conference play.
In the men’s game, the teams went back and forth for the first 10 minutes before IWC started pulling away. The Tigers had their biggest lead of the game at halftime, 36-26.
Greenville (9-6, 5-3 SLIAC) started chipping away at that lead as the second half started, closing in on the Tigers and finally tying the score at 47-47 with 12:08 left in the game.
The Tigers fought to stay ahead, going up 49-47 on a layup by Duane Lee and taking a 51-49 lead on a layup by Will Stephenson. However, their last lead of the game was at 53-52 on a jumper by Ramon Taylor with 8:28 left, and from there, the Panthers took a lead for good.
Joe Lennon led the Tigers in scoring with 14 points, and Lee posted 12 for IWC. Stephenson was also in double figures with 10 points.
Dion Lightner pulled down seven boards and Lee grabbed six. Lightner also had six assists and two blocks; Cameron Caudle had two steals.
In the women’s game, the Tigers got on the board first with a jumper by Whitney Godden and cruised to a seven-point lead, 22-15, over the first 10 minutes of the game.
The Panthers (4-11, 1-7 SLIAC) clawed their way back, however, with a seven-point run over the next 1:30, which tied the score at 22-22.
The teams battled through the end of the half, but it was IWC that had a four-point lead at the break, 39-35. Dakota Flesner scoring on a jumper with 45 seconds left in the half to give IWC a lead at 36-35, and after blocking a Greenville shot, Flesner scored again, this time from deep, for the halftime score.
In the second half, Greenville got within one at 41-40, but couldn’t get past the Tigers.
IWC stretched its lead to as many as 15 points, 67-52 with 4:37 left to play, on its way to the conference victory.
Karla Vietinghoff scored a game-high 23 points for the Tigers. Godden scored 14 and Flesner put up 13. Jana Meister scored 10.
Kara Carter led IWC with eight rebounds; Stephanie Russak dished five assists. Flesner blocked two shots; Vietinghoff and Meister each had three steals.
IOWA WESLEYAN WOMEN (73)
Karla Vietinghoff 7 4-4 23, Whitney Godden 6 0-0 14, Dakota Flesner 4 3-4 13, Jana Meister 3 3-3 10, Stephanie Russak 3 0-0 9, Kara Carter 0 2-2 2, Lauren Grubb 1 0-0 2.
3-point goals: Vietinghoff (5), Russak (3), Flesner (2), Godden (2), Meister.
IOWA WESLEYAN MEN (65)
Joe Lennon 7 0-1 14, Duane Lee 5 2-3 12, Will Stephenson 4 2-3 10, Murray Schwengels 4 0-0 9, Ramon Taylor 4 0-1 8, Dion Lightner 2 1-2 5, Chris Martin 1 1-1 4, Cameron Caudle 1 0-0 3.
3-point goals: Caudle, Schwengels, Martin.