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Tiger women drop two games in Indianola

Nov 28, 2017
MPN file photo Josie Zerrusen (pictured) scored 19 points on Friday and 12 on Saturday to earn her spot on the All-Tournament team at the Thanksgiving Classic in Indianola.

By Andy Krutsinger, Mt. Pleasant News


INDIANOLA — The Iowa Wesleyan women’s basketball team played two games at Cowles Fieldhouse in Indianola this weekend for Simpson College’s Thanksgiving Classic.

The Tigers fell to Simpson 82-52 in their game Friday. On Saturday, IW faced off against another Iowa team, coming up short 79-54 against Buena Vista University.

The first two quarters doomed IW against the hosting Storm. Simpson dominated the first quarter 28-9, and took the second quarter 16-7 to take a commanding 44-16 lead into halftime.

The Tigers were able to stick with Simpson in the second half, getting outscored by just three points. Josie Zerrusen scored 15 points in the final two quarters to lead the way.

Zerrusen finished the game with 19 points off the bench. Caitlyn Welch had eight points. LaStella Slack and Allie Massner each had seven points. Darby Massner scored five. Ahlia Tai had four points and eight rebounds, and Hunter Clark finished with two points.

IW came back from a 7-0 deficit to take a first quarter lead in their loss against Buena Vista. D. Massner scored five points to lead the way as the Tigers took their first lead on a three-pointer by Tai, with 31 seconds left. The Tigers led 13-12 after a Buena Vista free throw to end the period.

The second quarter was brutal for the Tigers, however. Buena Vista outscored IW 27-5, the only period where the two squads were seperated by more than three points.

Buena Vista’s 39-18 lead at halftime was too much for the Tigers to overcome, and IW fell 79-54 to finish the weekend 0-2.

A. Massner scored 13 points and dished out five assists to lead IW in the loss Zerrusen had 12 points, six rebounds and four assists, which helped her make the All-Tournament team with her performance in both games.

D. Massner scored 12 points of her own in the loss, and added five rebounds. Clark had nine points and five rebounds. Tai had three points and a team-leading eight rebounds. Emily Hammel scored three points and Slack finished with two.

The Tigers fell to 0-5 to start the season. They will take on Grinnell College on the road tonight (Tuesday), at 7 p.m.

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