Women's Basketball - Sat, Feb. 4, 2012
OSKALOOSA - The Iowa Wesleyan College women's basketball team forced 21 turnovers and had four players score in double figures in picking up a 69-54 win over William Penn University Saturday afternoon at Penn Gymnasium in Midwest Collegiate Conference play.
The Tigers picked up a good road win in conference play, sweeping the season series from the Lady Statesmen and winning their third straight to improve to 14-9 overall. At 10-4 in MCC play and with the loss by William Penn as well as a loss to Viterbo (Wis.) University to AIB College of Business on Saturday, IWC now has a three-game lead over its nearest competitors for third place in the conference standings.
Wesleyan also won without Head Coach Steve Williamson
on the bench, as the coach served a mandatory one-game suspension after being ejected from Wednesday's game against Waldorf College after receiving two technical fouls. Without their coach though the Tigers stepped up, making 15 of 15 free throws and controlling the game most of the final 30 minutes.
IWC (14-9 overall, 10-4 MCC) used a 23-2 run late in the first half to take a 32-14 lead with 2:34 left before halftime. The Lady Statesmen finished the half strong to close within 35-25 at the break, but Wesleyan quickly pulled back out to a 16-point lead when Samantha Hodge
) scored on a layup making it 41-25 with 18 minutes left in the game.
William Penn got back within eight points on two occasions, the last time after Alisha Moritz scored inside to make it 50-42 with 10:50 to play. Anna Jones
) followed with two free throws seven seconds later, though, and Wesleyan would pull away again, leading by as many as 17 points late and never letting Penn back within single digits.
Jones scored 19 points and added nine rebounds, while Hodge and Ashley Kruse
) both added 15 points. Kruse also tied Jones for team rebounding honors with nine. Danielle Des Jardins
) also added 13 points and five assists, and Michelle Price
) chipped in five points, four rebounds and four assists and also played a key role in holding WPU star Orielle Thomas to seven points, nearly nine under her season average.
The Tigers shot 40.0% from the field (24 of 60) and hit 6-for-14 from three-point range. IWC also held Penn to 33.8% shooting (22-for-65), offsetting a 44-34 rebounding margin for the Lady Statesmen.
WPU (9-16 overall, 7-7 MCC) was led by Katie Golomski with 11 points, the only Penn player to score more than seven points. Thomas added 13 rebounds.
The Tigers will be back on the road Wednesday night at Clarke University in Dubuque. The women's game will start at 5:30 p.m., with the men's game to follow at 7:30 p.m. Audio broadcasts of the games will be available online at http://www.iwc.edu/onlinemedia
.Box score IWC 69 WPU 54