Tigers downed by MustangsVietinghoff scores 18 as IWC women’s basketball falls to Mt. Mercy
Karla Vietinghoff dropped a team-high 18 points and led her squad with six rebounds, but the Iowa Wesleyan College women’s basketball team came up short in its nonconference matchup against Mt. Mercy University.
IWC fell by a score of 68-58 in the Wednesday night home game.
“We didn’t execute our game plan,” IWC women’s basketball coach Steve Williamson said. “We did half of what we were supposed to do: we wanted to take out their post, and we did that well. But we weren’t supposed to leave (Paige Last) open.”
Last made the Tigers pay. She went 6-of-12 from the field and shot exclusively from 3-point range in the contest, finishing with a game-high 19 points. She was also 1-for-2 from the free throw line.
On the night, the Tigers kept it the score close but trailed through most of the game. Their only lead came midway through the first half, when they tied the score at 10 on a 3-pointer by Karla Vietinghoff and then went up 13-10 on Lauren Grubbs’ basket from beyond the arc.
They held the lead for two minutes of play with help from a layup by Jana Meister, but Mt. Mercy went ahead at 16-15 and never trailed again.
The Mustangs went into halftime up by three points, 29-26, and were able to distance themselves in the last 20 minutes for the win.
“We just didn’t execute like we should have,” Williamson said.
Mt. Mercy shot 43.4 percent from the field in the game, including 40 percent from beyond the arc. They were 53.8 percent from the stripe.
IWC shot 34.1 percent on the night and 31.6 percent from 3-point range. The Tigers made 73.3 percent of their free throws.
Vietinghoff was 4-of-7 from the field and 3-of-4 from deep. She made seven of eight free throws. All but one of her points came in the first half.
“She’s a great offensive player and she had a great first half, but I expect a little more out of her, actually,” Williamson said. “She wasn’t as aggressive as she needed to be in the second half.”
Williamson notes that his top scorer did suffer an injury that may have taken her out of her game in the last 20 minutes.
Meister scored 15 points on 4-of-8 shooting and made seven of 10 free throws. She added five rebounds. She also had a game-high four steals on the night.
Dakota Flesner dished four assists and had two steals, while Vietinghoff and Kara Carter each blocked a shot for the Tigers.
As a team, Mt. Mercy out-rebounded the Tigers 30-19 and won the turnover battle — the Mustangs had 17 turnovers on the night and IWC had 20, 15 of which came in the first half of the game.
The Mustangs are now 5-2 on the season while IWC evens its record at 1-1.
Next up for the Tigers is a trip to Indianola, where they play Simpson College at 7 p.m. on Tuesday.
The Storm is ranked No. 15 in the nation and will be a tough team for the Tigers to take down.
“They’re very talented; we’re going to have to execute our zone offense and hit our shots,” Williamson said. “We’ve got to start being coachable, listening during the game instead of going out there and doing our own thing.”