Wesleyan women suffer home loss
BY ANDY KRUTSINGER
Mt. Pleasant News
It looked like things were going just as planned during the Iowa Wesleyan women’s game against Spalding on Saturday afternoon.
The Tigers led by double-digits in the first half but a turnover-ridden second half led to their demise in a 64-55 loss.
IW got out to a good start with a 21-11 first quarter. Darby and Allie Massner each hit two three-pointers in the period and the Tigers were in good shape early.
The Tigers led by as much as 12 points in the second quarter when Lastella Slack sank a free throw to put IW up, 24-12, with 3:17 left in the half.
The last three minutes of the half, however, were a disaster for the Tiger women. Spalding went on a 9-0 run to, including a three-pointer at the buzzer to cut the IW lead to 24-21 at the break.
Darby hit a three-pointer to open the second half but it was all downhill from there.
The Golden Eagles stormed back to take the lead midway through the period and took a 41-35 lead into the final quarter.
The Tiger offense just couldn’t get anything going in the fourth. Spalding forced turnover after turnover to hold onto the lead throughout the period and eventually run away with the nine-point win.
“We just didn’t take care of the ball,” said head coach Steve Williamson after the loss. “Some of the passes we were making were ridiculous. I thought the first half we moved the ball well, and then we just stopped moving (in the second).”
Three Tigers hit double-digits in the loss. Jaimie Hurd scored 13 points and had two steals to lead the way. Darby had 12 points, all on three-pointers and Allie finished with 11.
Cairece Allen had eight points, seven rebounds and four assists. Slack and Hunter Clark each scored five points each and Caitlyn Welch had two.
IW fell to 8-10 overall and 7-4 in SLIAC play with the loss. They’ll be back in action on Saturday, Feb. 4, at Webster University. That game will start at 1 p.m.