Wesleyan women fall at home
BY ANDY KRUTSINGER
Mt. Pleasant News
The Iowa Wesleyan women just couldn’t get over the hump in their game against Webster on Wednesday night.
The Tigers battled back from a double-digit deficit in the first quarter and had the Gorlok lead down to two possessions on various occasions, but Webster stayed strong and never gave up their lead in a 60-50 victory.
The only IW lead of the game came on the first made basket of the day, a layup by Cairece Allen. A suffocating Webster press helped the Gorloks to a 13-0 run that gave them an early 13-2 lead.
IW’s defense stepped up for the next quarter in the half and had the Gorlok lead down to as little as five points in the second quarter, but Webster made a couple of shots late to take a 29-19 lead at the break.
The Tigers battled back in the third quarter thanks in part to three-pointers from Darby and Allie Massner and a few points inside by Josie Zerrusen.
The Gorloks held on to the lead, however, and it was 46-40 Webster after three periods.
Caitlyn Welch hit a layup with just over nine minutes remaining in the game to cut the lead to 46-42, but the IW offense stalled and Webster ended the game on a 14-8 run to close it out.
“You talk about how you want to attack (the press),” said IW head coach Steve Williamson after the game. “When we did that tonight, we did it very well. When we didn’t attack the press, that’s when we got ourselves in trouble.”
Williamson said the defense played well but the Tigers’ inability to score was what doomed the team.
“We played great defense, we just didn’t score,” Williamson said. “We created 19 turnovers and then we go to the other end and don’t finish it off. It’s kind of a punch to the gut when you don’t score.”
Allen scored 15 points and came down with eight rebounds to lead the team in both categories. Darby scored 12 points and Zerrusen had 10 points and three assists.
Welch finished the game with four points. Allie had three and Jaimie Hurd rounded out the scoring effort, with one.
IWU fell to 3-8 overall and 2-2 in the loss. The Tigers will host Greenville College on Saturday, Jan. 7, at 1 p.m.