PELLA ? The Iowa Wesleyan women?s basketball team returned to action Saturday afternoon with a non-conference game against Central College. Iowa Wesleyan could not overcome a poor first quarter, and suffered an 81-64 loss to the Dutch.
The Tigers were able to stay with the Dutch in the first several minutes of play in the first quarter. They trailed by three just under five and a half minutes to go in the quarter. Central would then go on a run that saw their lead grow to nine points. Josie Zerrusen sank a three pointer to bring the score to 6-12 with 3:11 left in the quarter. The Dutch would hold the Tigers scoreless for the remainder of the quarter, and they would lead 20-6 at the end of the period.
Iowa Wesleyan outscored the Dutch 21-13 in the second period. Allie Massner scored ten points in the second quarter for the Tigers, She hit a three pointer and was 5-6 from the free throw line to help get things going. She scored the final points of the second quarter with a jumper to bring the score to 33-27.
Central came out of the locker room and went on a run to start the third period. They scored the first twelve points of the period to build an 18 point lead with 6:35 remaining in the period. Hunter Clark broke the dry spell for the Tigers with a free throw. With 3:47 on the clock, Darby Massner drained a three-pointer. Zerrusen followed with a three-pointer and a jumper for the Tigers to bring the score to 58-38. IW trailed by 19 at the end of the third quarter after Darby Massner made a layup as time expired.
The Tigers had the scoring advantage in the fourth quarter. Unfortunately for IW, their 20-18 scoring advantage in the period was not enough to overcome the Central lead. Iowa Wesleyan would suffer a 64-81 loss to the Dutch.
Three Tigers reached double figures in the loss. D. Massner was one rebound short of a double-double with 18 points and nine rebounds. A. Massner added 15 points and three rebounds, while Josie Zerrusen had 12 points in the loss.
Iowa Wesleyan will be back at home on Wednesday, December 13 when they host Greenville University at 6 p.m. The Tigers are 0-8 on the season and 0-1 in conference play.