FULTON, Mo. — The Iowa Wesleyan basketball teams had a rough day on Saturday at Wesminster. The women dropped their game 99-47 and the men lost 89-71.
The Tiger women had a nice start, keeping pace with the Blue Jays in the first quarter. Westminster led by just one point, at 17-16, after the first quarter, but stretched their lead to 42-28 at halftime.
Wesminster busted the game open in the third quarter. The Blue Jays out scored IW 35-8 in the third period and led by over 40 points going into the last quarter.
Morgan McCrea led the Tigers with 13 points and three assists in the loss. Deericka Martin had 12 points, going 4-6 from three-point land to give IW a nice boost from the bench.
Allie Massner scored nine points in the loss. Sydney Farrar and Kieley Allen had four apiece. Maddie Williamson scored three, and Da’Jaah Swolley ended the game with two.
The Tiger men were looking good through one half of play. IW led by double digits in the first half before eventually settling into a 39-32 halftime lead.
In the second half, the game was completely flipped on its head. Westminster scored the first nine points of the half to take back the lead and IW never held another advantage.
Jarryd Fernandes had a good night despite the loss. He went 8-11 shooting the ball for a team-leading 21 points, and also pulled down 15 rebounds. Jake Neubauer scored 14 points and Kaleb Cresswell finished with 12 to give IW three players in double digits.
Alex Dentlinger and Austin Banks scored seven points apeice for the Tigers. Alberto Torres put up five. Marvin Saintolien scored three, and Alexander Flute had two.
The IW women are now 1-6 overall and 1-1 in conference play. The men are 3-4 overall and are also 1-1 in the SLIAC. The men will play at Cornell College on Wednesday, Dec. 11, before both teams head south to play at Spalding University on Saturday, Dec. 14.