Tigers open season with a win over Waldorf
The Iowa Wesleyan women’s basketball team starts the season 1-0 after a win against Waldorf College Saturday. The Tigers defeated the Warriors in their home- and season-opener, 66-59.
IWC’s Karla Vietinghoff scored the first basket of the contest on her way to a game-high 21 points.
The Tigers went up 2-0 on her layup, but the Warriors then scored twice to take the lead and held it for the next seven minutes of play.
However, IWC went on a 12-2 run from there, distancing themselves on the scoreboard and eventually taking a 34-23 lead into halftime.
In the first half, the Tigers shot 41.2 percent from the field while holding Waldorf to just 32.1 percent shooting.
The Tigers forced 11 first-half turnovers as well, while giving the ball up just six times themselves in the first 20 minutes of play.
In the second half, Waldorf closed the gap, outscoring the Tigers 36-32 over the last 20 minutes.
They whittled IWC’s lead to just three points with 3:19 remaining in the game.
The Tigers pushed the lead back up to eight, but the Warriors cut it back to three at 62-59 with just 43 seconds left on the clock.
The Tigers’ Jana Meister stepped up and hit two free throws with 30 seconds left to stretch the lead to five points and help shut the door on the Warriors.
Meister made another shot from the stripe with two seconds remaining and Whitney Godden also made a free throw in the last few seconds of the game for the final score.
The Tigers shot 65.2 percent from the free throw line in the second half, and shot 35 percent from the floor.
In the game, they out-rebounded the Warriors, 35-32, and limited Waldorf — which was averaging nearly 20 offensive rebounds a game in six games this season — to just 11 offensive boards.
Vietinghoff was 8-of-11 from the floor and a perfect 4-for-4 from the line on the day. She also had six rebounds for the Tigers.
Dakota Flesner added 13 points for the Tigers on 3-of-8 shooting. Flesner was also 5-of-11 from the charity stripe.
Flesner led the Tigers on the boards, pulling down eight rebounds, and had a team-high four assists.
Godden scored nine points for the Tigers while Stephanie Russak and Meister each added eight. Meister also had five boards. Russak led the team with three steals.
The Tigers return to action on Wednesday when they host Mt. Mercy University. Tip-off is set for 7 p.m. in Ruble Arena.