Massners lead IW women to first win

SPRINGFIELD, Ill. — The Iowa Wesleyan women’s basketball team defeated Robert Morris University-Springfield on Tuesday evening. The Massner sisters propelled the Tiger offense to a 59-49 win over the Eagles to secure the team’s first win of the season.

It took a little bit for the Iowa Wesleyan offense to get going in tonight’s game. Allie Massner knocked in a pair of free throws with 3:13 left in the first period which tied the game up at 5-5. Darby Massner and Allie each hit three pointers to give the Tigers their first lead of the game, but RMU-Springfield would hold a one point advantage at the end of the first quarter.

The Massner sisters scored the first eight points of the second quarter, six of which came off a pair of three point baskets by Allie, which brought the score to 19-15 with 5:27 left in the half. Harriet Fowler and Madison Scholl each added baskets, and D. Massner sank a three pointer to give IW a seven point lead with 1:33 remaining in the second quarter. RMU-Springfield had back to back baskets to end the quarter, but Iowa Wesleyan was able to maintain a three point lead heading into the break.

The offenses stalled for both teams in the third quarter, with Iowa Wesleyan edging out the Eagles 8-5 in the quarter. Both teams made up for the lack of offense in the third quarter by netting over 20 points each in the final period.

Darby kicked off the fourth quarter with a three pointer and Harriet Fowler added a pair of free throws to give Iowa Wesleyan an 11 point advantage. RMU-Springfield cut the 11 point IW lead down to one point with just under three minutes remaining in the game. Iowa Wesleyan closed out the final 2:55 on a 14-5 run to secure the 59-49 win over the Eagles.

The Tigers were led in scoring by the Massners. Darby finished the game with 20 points and 20 rebounds to lead all scorers. The 20 rebounds in a game were five shy of tying an IW women’s basketball record that was set by Laura Nepute against Culver-Stockton in 1980. Allie was right behind Darby, finishing with 19 points and adding 8 rebounds in the win. Harriet Fowler had a solid game for the Tigers, finishing with 10 points, 8 rebounds, 5 assists, and 4 steals.

Iowa Wesleyan will return to SLIAC play this weekend when they travel to Louisville, Ky on Saturday, Dec. 8. The Tigers will take on Spalding University at 1 p.m. IW has an overall record of 1-5 this season.