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Iowa Wesleyan College women’s basketball

Slow start leads to loss

Jan 31, 2013
Photo by: Ashlee De Wit The Tigers’ Ashley Kruse, left, looks to pass to a teammate in an IWC women’s basketball game earleir this season. The Tigers dropped a game against Ashford University on Tuesday.

A slow start on Tuesday night led to a loss for the IWC women's basketball team as they took on Ashford University on the road.

The Tigers warmed up in the second half, but it was too little, too late as the Tigers fell, 62-47, to the Saints.

IWC struggled early as the Saints used full-court pressure to get the Tigers out of sync.

With 13:08 remaining in the first half, the Tigers trailed 13-3. The Tigers went on an 8-0 run over the next four minutes to pull within two points.

However, the Saints took charge again after that, going on a 25-2 run that proved to be the decisive run of the game.

The Tigers trailed 40-18 at the half, and that gap proved too much to overcome. The Tigers managed to outscore the Saints in the second half, 29-22, but the seven-point advantage hardly made a dent in the Saints’ lead.

Jana Meister led the Tigers with 14 points. Meister was six-of-11 from the field. She also led the Tigers with five rebounds in the game, and she dished two assists.

Danielle Des Jardins added eight points for the Tigers on two-of-nine shooting.

Des Jardins, Michelle Price and Stephanie Russak had two steals each.

Ashley Kruse chipped in eight points. Price had three blocked shots.

The Tigers shot only 35.0 percent in the first half, but heated up in the second half to shoot an impressive 57.9 percent for the last 20 minutes of play.

Ashford was led by Quinn Rear, who scored a game-high 19 points.

The Tigers fall to 7-14 on the year after the loss. The Saints move to 11-14.

The Tigers return to action on Feb. 6 as they head to Grand View University.

Tip-off is set for 5:30 p.m. in Des Moines.

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