By Andy Krutsinger, Mt. Pleasant News
CEDAR RAPIDS ? The Iowa Wesleyan women got off to a rough start in Wednesday night?s season opener. A 26-point first quarter for Coe College put the Tigers in a hole early, and they couldn?t battle back, falling 66-48.
The Tigers looked good early. IW started the game off on a 6-2 run thanks to two points each from Darby Massner, Allie Massner and Ahlia Tai.
From that point until the end of the first quarter, the Tigers went cold. Coe went on a 24-6 run over a stretch of 7:08, capped off by a buzzer-beater three-pointer, which put the Kohawks up 26-10.
Coe ran their lead up to as much as 24 points in the second quarter, but IW was able to cut the lead down to below 20, eventually finishing the half down 19 points, at 41-22.
IW struggled to hit shots again in the third quarter, being outscored 16-9. Coe took a commanding 57-31 lead into the fourth.
The Tigers were able to cut the lead back below 20 in the fourth quarter. D. Massner tallied eight points throughout the quarter and the Tigers won the period 17-9. It wasn?t enough, however, as Coe walked out with an 18-point win.
D. Massner had a huge game in the loss. She played all 40 minutes, scored 23 points and bringing down 10 rebounds. She finished 8-15 from the floor and 3-8 from three-point land.
A. Massner was the second leading scorer in the game. She was 3-11 from the field and 1-4 from the three-point line for nine points, and also co-led the team with two assists.
Caitlyn Welch came off the bench for the Tigers and scored eight points on 3-9 shooting. Tai, Josie Zerrusen, LaStella Slack and Emily Lower scored two points apiece. Ellie Lower had two assists.
The Tiger women fell to 0-1 to start the year. They will have their home opener on Saturday, Nov. 18, against Graceland University. That game is set to tip off at 1 p.m.