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Tigers can’t upset first-place Greenville

Dec 14, 2017
Photo by: Andy Krutsinger LaStella Slack draws a foul during a layup attempt.

By Andy Krutsinger, Mt. Pleasant News


Iowa Wesleyan gave first-place Greenville a sweat in the first half in Wednesday night’s women’s basketball game, but the Tigers couldn’t get their first win, falling 69-52.

The Tigers used a balanced scoring attack in the first half to stick with the Panthers, but Greenville still took the first two quarters 16-13 and 21-13 to take a 37-26 lead at halftime.

The Panthers used a tough pressure defense to try and create turnovers, and they were successful enough to disrupt the Tiger offense in the third quarter. IW was only able to score 10 points in the period, and the Panthers led 56-36 after three quarters.

The Tigers were able to cut the lead by three points in the fourth quarter, but IW was unable to make a big enough run to get within striking distance.

“We really didn’t come, as a team, mentally prepared for tonight,” Tiger head coach Jack Bruns said after the game. “I know it’s break (and) there aren’t a lot of people here but I was a little bit disappointed with the way we came out right away.”

Bruns did praise the play of Emily Hammel, who prepared a spark off the bench, and Josie Zerrusen, who had a nice night from the field, going 5-6 overall and 3-4 from behind the three-point line.

“I was very proud of the way that Emily played tonight,” Bruns said. “Josie Zerrusen was unbelievable tonight. Those two specifically kind of kept us alive for a little bit.”

Zerrusen finished with 13 points to co-lead the team. Darby Massner scored 13 points of her own, and Caitlyn Welch had 10 points to give the Tigers three double-digit scorers.

Ahlia Tai scored five points and co-led the squad with six rebounds. Emily Hammel scored four points. Allie Massner scored three. Hunter Clark scored two points and pulled down six rebounds, and LaStella Slack finished with two points.

IW fell to 0-9 overall and 0-2 in SLIAC play with the loss. They’ll take on Blackburn College on Saturday, Dec. 16, at 1 p.m., and then close out winter break with a game at Nebraska Wesleyan University on Monday, Dec. 18, at 6 p.m. Coach Bruns says the team is looking for a positive feeling after their final two games before the new year.

“We need something we can feel good about,” Bruns says. There are quarters and halves that we feel really good about. We need to put that into a 40-minute game. We have a really good opportunity to close out break with a couple of wins if we come mentally prepared.”

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