MT. PLEASANT — The Iowa Wesleyan basketball teams closed out their seasons on Saturday at Olan G. Ruble Arena, but the Tigers had their hands full with a pair of first-place Webster teams. The Tiger women lost 85-72 and the men fell 87-77.
The Tiger women trailed 28-12 after one quarter, 49-29 at halftime and 75-51 after three quarters. IW won the fourth quarter 21-10 to cut the lead back to 13 points before the final buzzer sounded.
Morgan McCrea led the women with 20 points and co-led the squad with three steals. Maddie Williamson put up 15 points, three assists and three steals.
Allie Massner scored 11 points in her final game as a Tiger. Harriet Fowler finished with 11 points as well. Sydney Farrar had nine points, seven rebounds and three steals. Kieley Allen scored four points, and Emily Hammel had two.
The Tiger men held an early lead, but Webster came back and took a 44-39 advantage into halftime.
IW cut the lead to three points on a Marvin Ramirez layup in the first 30 seconds of the second half, but Webster scored the next four points and never looked back. The Gorlok men had as much as a 20-point lead in the final 10 minutes.
Austin Banks put up 20 points and five assists to lead the Tigers. Jarryd Fernandes scored 18 points and led the team with five rebounds, and Jake Neubauer closed out his senior campaign with 16 points.
Marvin Saintolien scored five points int he loss. Marvin Ramirez had four. Alex Dentlinger, Jett Tjaden, Kaleb Cresswell and Matthew McCracken scored three points apiece, and Alberto Torres finished with two.
The IW women finished the year 5-20 overall and 5-13 in the St. Louis Intercollegiate Athletic Conference. The Tigers finished in a tie for seventh place with MacMurray. Webster (16-2), Fontbonne (15-3), Greenville (13-5) and Spalding (13-5) were the four SLIAC tournament qualifiers.
On the men’s side, the Tigers went 8-17 overall and 5-13 in conference play, taking eighth-place in the league. The top four teams on the men’s side were Webster (16-2), Fontbonne (12-6), Blackburn (12-6) and Greenville (12-6).