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Iowa Wesleyan women drop road contest to No. 8 Wartburg College

Nov 24, 2017
MPN file photo Caitlyn Welch (pictured) had six points and three steals in Iowa Wesleyan’s loss to No. 8 Wartburg College.

By Andy Krutsinger, Mt. Pleasant News

 

WAVERLY — The Iowa Wesleyan women’s basketball team had their hands full on Tuesday night. The Tigers were in Waverly where they took on the eighth-ranked Wartburg Knights.

The Tigers had trouble sticking with the Knights early. Wartburg jumped out to a 20-point lead in the first quarter and won every quarter, handing the Tigers a 96-40 loss. IW struggled to stop the Wartburg offense in the first half. Knights went 6-12 from behind the three-point line, hit 12 more free throws thant he Tigers and outrebounded IW 22-6.

IW lost the first quarter 29-7. They fared a little better in the second quarter but Wartburg continued to pull away. At halftime, the Knights led 53-19.

The Tigers were able to battle with Wartburg on the boards in the second half but the Knights still hit twice as many shots as the Tigers and used nine second-half steals to win the final two quarters, 22-10 and 21-11, en route to a 56-point win.

Every Tiger player saw the floor in the loss. Darby Massner led the way with 14 points, including three of the team’s four three-pointers.

Josie Zerrusen scored seven points, hitting one three-pointer on the night. Caitlyn Welch had six points and also led the team with three steals. LaStella Slack had six points of her own.

Hunter Clark scored five points and led the Tigers with four rebounds and one block. Allie Massner finished with two points.

The Knights held the Tigers to just seven assists all night. Welch and Ahlia Tai each had two assists to co-lead the team.

IW fell to 0-3 overall this year and will have three more non-conference games before the SLIAC schedule begins in December. The Tigers will take part in the Simpson College Thanksgiving Classic this weekend, playing the hosting Storm tonight (Friday) at 7 p.m., before facing Buena Vista University on Saturday, Nov. 25, at 1 p.m.

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