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Iowa Wesleyan women bounce back with road win over MacMurray

Jan 24, 2017

The Iowa Wesleyan women’s basketball team was on the road Monday evening.

They traveled to Jacksonville, Ill. to take on MacMurray College to begin the second half of conference play this season.

IW was looking to bounce back from a loss to Eureka College in their previous game. After giving up the first basket of the game to the Highlanders, Iowa Wesleyan came back to score the next two baskets and take the lead. The Tigers would go on to defeat MacMurray, 63-36.

Iowa Wesleyan got off to a good start against the Highlanders. The Tigers started the game off with a 6-2 run that was capped off by a jumper by Jaimie Hurd.

MacMurray ended the run with a pair of free throws to cut the IW lead to two points with 6:47 remaining in the opening period. As the quarter progressed, Iowa Wesleyan’s offense picked up.

Cairece Allen sank a three-pointer to give the Tigers a ten-point lead with 2:57 to go in the first. IW ended the first period with a 16-point advantage after Darby Massner went to the free throw line and hit both shots. The Tigers outscored the Highlanders 23-7 in the first quarter.

The second quarter started off a bit slow for both teams. Neither team was able to score in the first two minutes of play, but LaStella Slack ended the scoring drought for IW with a three point play. After Slack converted the free throw, Iowa Wesleyan held a 26-7 lead.

Allie Massner extended the Tiger lead to 23 points when she connected from behind the arc with 6:18 to go in the first half. Iowa Wesleyan’s offense stalled out and their next basket would not come until the 3:45 minute mark.

Darby ended the dry spell with a pair of free throws to bring the score to 33-9. MacMurray was able to put a run together to end the half. As the teams went to the locker rooms, the score was 37-16 in favor of the Tigers.

Allie kicked off the second half with a three pointer for Iowa Wesleyan on their first possession.

Hurd added the next basket for the Tigers after she grabbed an offensive rebound and was fouled on the put back. Hurd made both free throws to bring the score to 42-16 with 7:34 to go in the third.

Darby gave Iowa Wesleyan their largest lead of the quarter after sinking a three-pointer. IW would score four more points to close out the third period, and led the Highlanders 49-26 heading into the fourth.

Iowa Wesleyan struggled to get their shots to fall to start the fourth quarter. Allen connected from behind the arc with 5:33 on the clock for the first basket of the period for the Tigers.

Allen added a basket on the next Iowa Wesleyan possession to bring the score to 54-30 with just over five minutes remaining.

MacMurray’s final points of the game came off a pair of free throws with 51 seconds remaining, but Jaimie Hurd answered for IW with a steal and a layup in transition.

The layup was the final basket of the game for both teams, and Iowa Wesleyan went on to win by a score of 63-36.

The Tigers were able to defeat the Highlanders with the help of balanced scoring for the game. All five starters reached double digits in the win, and Allie finished with a team high 13 points.

Allie was 5-11 from the field, including 3-7 from behind the arc. Cairece Allen picked up a double-double after grabbing 16 rebounds and adding 12 points for IW.

Darby and Hurd each ended the game with 12 points as well. Hurd finished the night with a perfect 8-8 from the free throw line.

Iowa Wesleyan will have a short turn around as the Tigers host Blackburn College this Wednesday. Tipoff is set for 6 pm in Ruble Arena. The Tigers will recognize Coaches vs. Cancer week at both of the home games this week.

With the win over MacMurray, IW now has an overall record of 7-9 and a SLIAC record of 6-3. Iowa Wesleyan is currently tied for second in the conference standings.

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