Tiger women come out on top of a thrillerThe Iowa Wesleyan College men’s basketball team runs away with a win over Clarke University
DUBUQUE — The Iowa Wesleyan College women’s basketball team won a thriller on Wednesday night against the Clarke University Crusaders. The Tigers picked up the win on the road, defeating the Crusaders, 64-60, in a game that went down to the wire to improve their record to 7-13 on the year.
The IWC men’s team dominated Clarke University in the second game of the night. The Tigers defeated the Crusaders, 87-69, improving to 10-12 on the year with the win.
In the women’s game the Tigers and Crusaders went back and forth all night.
They were tied eight times through the game, and the largest lead was just six points as the Tigers went up 38-32 with 15:46 left to play.
The Crusaders managed to build their biggest lead of the game with just two minutes left in the game, leading 56-51, but the Tigers quickly went on a 5-0 run to tie the game again as Stephanie Russak hit a three-pointer with 1:08 remaining.
After the Crusaders came back and took a two point lead, the Tigers came down and grabbed the lead on another three-pointer, this time by Danielle Des Jardins.
With just 25 seconds left, Anna Hahn hit a layup for the Crusaders to grab a one-point lead again for the home team — their last lead of the night.
The Tigers weren’t to be denied, as Jana Meister connected from deep to give the Tigers a 62-60 lead with just 12 seconds left.
Michelle Price had a huge block for the Tigers on the other end to stop the Crusaders’ last second attempt, and Ashley Kruse then added two free throws with just two seconds remaining to seal the deal.
Meister and Kruse led the Tigers with 16 points each on the night.
Meister was five-for-10 from the field. She hit her only attempt from beyond the arc, which turned out to be the game-winning shot.
Kruse shot five-for-eight from the field and had a game-high seven rebounds.
Des Jardins added 11 points for the Tigers, hitting four of 11 from the field, including three-for-seven from 3-point range.
As a team, the Tigers shot 45.8 percent from the field and held the Crusaders to 35.0 percent shooting.
The Tigers were also an impressive 40.0 percent from beyond the arc and were clutch from the charity stripe, hitting 14-of-16 attempts.
In the men’s game, the IWC win was a team effort, as five players scored in double figures.
The Tigers jumped out early and didn’t look back. After the Crusaders had an early 3-2 lead, the Tigers took over, 5-3, on a 3-pointer from Joe Evans. The Tigers never relinquished the lead again, building a 43-28 halftime lead.
The Tigers shot 58.1 percent from the field in the first half to build their 18-point lead. They were also 6-for-13 from beyond the arc and forced the Crusaders into 10 first-half turnovers.
In the second half, the Tigers had little trouble maintaining their lead.
The Crusaders were able to get within eight points with 10:23 remaining, but the Tigers quickly put a stop to the run and went on a 7-0 run of their own in the next 1:20.
Kyle Warner led the Tigers with 23 points. Warner was eight-for-13 from the field, connecting on two of five attempts from beyond the arc. He also pulled down five rebounds.
Jon Umoren had 17 points, four assists, and two steals in the win for the Tigers. Umoren was six-for-eight from the field and shot five-for-nine from the charity stripe.
Cam Sanchez added 12 points and five rebounds in 30 minutes of play. He was four-for-six from the floor and a perfect four-for-four from the line.
Evans and Dan Missey each added 10 points. Evans also had a team-high five assists. Missey tied Warner and Sanchez for a team-high five rebounds each.
The Tigers shot an impressive 57.4 percent from the field for the game and were 42.9 percent from beyond the arc.
Both Tiger teams return to action on Saturday, Jan. 26 when they head to Viterbo University in La Crosse, Wis.
Tip-off for the men’s game is set for 3 p.m. and will follow the women’s game which is slated for a 1 p.m. start.