By Andy Krutsinger, Mt. Pleasant News
The Iowa Wesleyan women had their hands full on Saturday afternoon as the Tigers hosted Webster University on senior night.
A tough Webster press was too much for the IW offense to overcome. The Gorloks won a physical game, 70-45.
The Gorlok defense was able to force 16 Tiger turnovers in the first two quarters. IW was held to 8-18 shooting the ball and 1-8 from three-point land.
Webster held IW to 11 points in each of the first two periods. The Gorloks led 18-11 after one quarter and 33-22 at halftime.
Things started to unravel for IW in the third quarter. The Gorloks continued to bother the IW shooters and stretched their advantage to 51-27 going into the fourth.
The Tigers started the fourth quarter with a 6-0 run and scored a game-high 18 points in the final period, but Webster was still able to take the fourth quarter 19-18 thanks in part to a handful of fast break layups.
After the game, Coach Jack Bruns said he was happy with his team?s ability to keep their cool against a very physical Gorlok team.
?Definitely a lot of adversity tonight (but) I thought our players did an unreal job tonight keeping their composure,? Bruns said. ?They played through a lot of different things that were happening.?
Coach Bruns also spoke about the team?s five seniors (Ahlia Tai, LaStella Slack, Josie Zerrusen, Hunter Clark and Caitlyn Welch), who he says helped him get through his first year as a head coach.
?A lot of first year coaches that come into a program don?t have the opportunity to have five seniors,? Bruns said. ?Obviously on the court you can see the statistics where they help, but it?s off the court. It?s just the friendship that they?ve given me, the player-coach relationship that we?ve had. They?ve been unreal members of the campus community. They?re all like a 3.5 (GPA) and above. I have zero issues off the court, and not very many on it either.?
The Tigers fell to 4-16 overall and 4-8 in conference play with the loss. They?ll travel to Fulton, Mo., to play Westminster College on Wednesday, February 7. That game is set to tip off at 6 p.m.