Anna Zander, Sports Information Director
MOUNT PLEASANT – On Wednesday, the Tigers hosted Grinnell College for a non-conference matchup and trailed by as many as 11 points and tried to make a late comeback attempt. The Tigers were unsuccessful, however, as the Pioneers held on to win by a score of 51-47.
It took awhile for both offenses to get going. Grinnell opened the scoring with a three pointer at the 6:47 minute mark in the first period. They followed with a jumper with just over six minutes on the clock to take a 5-0 lead. Darby Massner put Iowa Wesleyan on the board with a free throw, and Allie Massner added a layup with just over four minutes left in the quarter to bring the score to 7-3. Allie Massner brought the Tigers within one after sinking a three pointer, but the Pioneers were able to get a layup before the quarter ended to take a 9-7 lead.
Iowa Wesleyan’s offense heated up in the second quarter. They opened the scoring with a layup by Darby Massner to get back within one of the Pioneer lead. Allie Massner and Da’Jaah Swolley had back to back baskets for the Tigers to put Iowa Wesleyan ahead 12-9 with 6:21 remaining in the quarter. Grinnell regained the lead with 3:50 left in the second quarter, but Darby Massner answered with a layup to tie the game at 16-16. Jordanne Mickley drained two three pointers to end the quarter and the Tigers held a six point advantage heading into halftime.
Grinnell had a big third quarter and held Iowa Wesleyan to just nine points in the period. The Pioneers scored the first six points of the period, but Allie Massner scored the next five points, sinking two free throws and a three pointer to put IW back up by five. Grinnell took the lead with 4:28 remaining, and after a pair of free throws by Jordanne Mickley, the game was tied back up. The Pioneers went on a 9-2 run to end the quarter and held a 38-31 heading into the fourth.
Iowa Wesleyan trailed by eleven after Grinnell hit two jumpers early in the fourth quarter. Darby Massner attacked on offense for the Tigers and cut the lead to five points after hitting two jumpers and making a layup. Grinnell hit a jumper with 4:24, but Darby Massner answered with a three pointer to bring the score to 44-40. The Tigers were forced to foul as time was running out and the Pioneers once again held a nine point lead. Sarah Kavanh and Allie Massner each hit three pointers for Iowa Wesleyan for the final points of the game. Despite the three pointers, Grinnell was able to maintain their lead and defeated the Tigers with a final score of 51-47.
Allie Massner led the way with 17 points, while Darby Massner was right behind her with 15 points for Iowa Wesleyan. Darby added 11 rebounds to record a double-double in the loss. Jordanne Mickley chipped in eight points and four rebounds for the Tigers.
Iowa Wesleyan will return to action on Wednesday, Nov. 28. They will open SLIAC play against Westminster College at 5:30 p.m. in Fulton, Mo. IW now has an overall record of 0-3 on the season.