IW women struggle in first game of 2018

By Andy Krutsinger,

Mt. Pleasant News


ST. LOUIS, Mo. ? The Iowa Wesleyan women just couldn?t get off the ground offensively in the first half of Wednesday night?s game at Webster University.

The Tigers scored just nine points in the first two periods, which put them in too deep of a hole early. The Gorloks used their huge first half advantage to knock off IW 83-45.

Webster?s defense bothered IW early and often in the first half. The Tigers turned the ball over 25 times and shot just 4-18 from the field and 0-7 from three-point land.

The Gorloks scored the first seven points of the game and won the first quarter 25-6. Webster continued to roll in the second quarter and held a 48-9 advantage at the half.

The Tigers got their offense running in the second half. IW hit six three-pointers in the final two periods, three of which came from Darby Massner, who went 3-3 in the second half for nine points.

The Tigers ended up outscoring the Gorloks 36-35 in the second half, but the damage had already been done and IW fell to 1-11 overall and 1-3 in the St. Louisa Intercollegiate Athletic Conference.

D. Massner finished the game with 14 points, six rebounds and three steals. Josie Zerrusen had 10 points, two blocks and two steals.

Allie Massner had eight points and four assists. Ahlia Tai finished the day with eight points and nine rebounds. Caitlyn Welch scored three points in the loss, and LaStella Slack had two points, six rebounds, three steals and two blocks.

The IW women are currently tied for eighth place out of nine teams in the SLIAC. The Tigers will take on a Westminster team on Saturday that sits in third place at 3-1. That game will begin at 1 p.m.