IW women split season series with loss at Westminster

FULTON, Mo. ? The Iowa Wesleyan women traveled to Westminster College on Wednesday night for their first of two road games this week. The Tigers defeated the Blue Jays earlier this season and were looking to pull off another upset. Westminster proved too much for the Tigers to handle, however, as IW fell 57-87.

The Tigers fell behind early, giving up a three-pointer in the first defensive possession of the game. Iowa Wesleyan didn?t take long to score as LaStella Slack answered with a jumper when they came down on offense. After getting down by six, Darby Massner put in a pair of free throws to bring the score to 9-11 with just under six minutes remaining in the opening quarter. The Tiers couldn?t stop an offensive run by the Blue Jays and trailed by eleven at the end of the first quarter.

Allie Massner brought the Westminster lead down to single digits with a three-pointer to open the second quarter. Iowa Wesleyan hit a cold spell and failed to score for nearly three minutes. D. Massner was finally able to break through with a layup with 6:25 remaining in the half. The Massner sisters scored the next eight points for Iowa Wesleyan which brought the score to 38-26 with just under three and a half minutes on the clock. A. Massner?s three-pointer would be the final basket by the Tigers in the half, and IW headed to the locker room trailing 46-28.

Westminster held a 26-point lead before Caitlyn Welch made a layup for the first IW basket of the third quarter. The Tigers would get within 19 on several occasions, but they would fail to get any closer in the quarter.

LaStella Slack scored the first basket of the fourth quarter with a layup at the 8:12 minute mark. D. and A. Massner each hit three-pointers for the Tigers to bring the score to 78-52 with just over five minutes remaining in the game. Josie Zerrusen scored the final Tiger basket with 2:36 on the clock. The Blue Jays handed IW a 87-57 loss to split the season series.

Three Tigers reached double figures in the loss. D. Massner led the way with 17 points and six rebounds, while Slack added 14 points and six rebounds for IW. A. Massner was 4-6 from behind the arc. She finished with 13 points against the Blue Jays.

Iowa Wesleyan will be back on the road this weekend. They will take on Fontbonne University at 1 p.m. on Saturday, February 10.