Vietinghoff ties record, leads IWC past V-Hawks
Karla Vietinghoff and the Iowa Wesleyan College women’s basketball team dominated Viterbo University on Saturday, 76-36, and the Tigers moved to 9-2 on the year with the win.
Vietinghoff nearly outscored the entire visiting V-Hawk team with her career-high 35 points.
The IWC guard tied the school record with seven 3-pointers in the game and came up just two points shy of the school’s single game record. That record is held by the team’s assistant coach, Anna Jones.
Vietinghoff recorded a double-double against Viterbo, pulling down 11 rebounds on the afternoon as well.
The junior from Hampshire, Ill., transferred to IWC from Waubonsee Community College in Sugar Grove, Ill., and has played a key role for the Tigers in an improved season from last year.
Vietinghoff had started all 11 games for the Tigers and leads the team in many statistical categories, including shooting percentage (.536), points per game (20.0) and rebounds per game (7.4). She also has a team-high 22 steals on the season.
As a team, IWC is averaging 72.3 points per game this season, up from just 51.2 points per game last season.
IWC now has as many wins this year as it did last season, when it went 9-17.
The Tigers also sit atop the 10-team St. Louis Intercollegiate Athletic Confernece, still undefeated at 4-0 in their first season of conference play.
In the non-conference game against Viterbo, Jana Meister had 15 points for the Tigers on 5-of-10 shooting.
Whitney Godden dished out nine assists for the purple and white, while Dakota Flesner had a strong game on the boards as well, grabbing 10 rebounds.
As a team, the Tigers shot 43.1 percent from the floor. They held the V-Hawks to just 25.9 percent shooting while forcing 19 turnovers.
The Tigers return to conferece action tonight (Tuesday) when they travel to Eureka College, a team that is tied for second in the SLIAC with a record of 4-1.
The other team currently 4-1 is Spalding University, whose only loss is to the Tigers.
Eureka’s only conference loss so far this season is to Spalding.
Tip-off for the women’s game is set for 6 p.m.
The IWC men will also play Eureka tonight, starting at 8 p.m.
On Saturday, the Tigers defeated the visiting Scarlet Hawks of Illinois Institute of Technology in a 60-44 decision.
IWC built a commanding lead in the first half, leading 28-12 at the break.
In the second half, the Tigers continued to control the game, building the lead to as much as 25 points with just under ten minutes remaining.
The Tigers used a strong team effort to pick up the win as 10 players scored for the purple and white.
Will Stephenson and Murray Schwengels led the Tigers offense, each scoring 10 points. Stephenson was 4-of-10 from the floor, while Schwengels was 3-of-9.
Stephenson also pulled down a team-high seven rebounds.
Ramon Taylor added eight points for the Tigers. Trey Politte, Dion Lightner, Duane Lee and Chris Martin each had six points on the afternoon.
The Tigers forced 16 turnovers while giving the ball up just 11 times.
The win moves the Tigers to 4-7 on the season.