MT. PLEASANT — The theme on Wednesday night at Olan G. Ruble Arena was points. In the women’s game, senior Allie Massner went over 1,000 career points in a 74-55 loss. In the men’s game, the Tigers dropped a 136-119 shootout to the highest-scoring team in the St. Louis Intercollegiate Athletic Conference.
The Tiger women started out hot, getting out to an early lead on a couple of 3-pointers by Morgan McCrea. IW trailed by just four points, at 15-11, when the first quarter ended, but an 18-7 Greenville run in the second quarter put the Tigers in a hole they couldn’t get out of.
“I thought we were OK in the first quarter, and then we had that second quarter,” women’s head coach Temaine Wright said. “We’ve been having these quarters where it’s a 10-minute period where nothing goes right.”
IW didn’t have much going offensively, but what they did have was Massner keeping them in the game from down town. Massner went 7-for-14 from 3-point land and finished the game with 28 points and seven rebounds, leading the squad in those categories. Massner hit the 1,000-career points mark with a free throw in the fourth quarter, reaching the milestone in the last four games of her college career.
“It helps having somebody that has that confidence,” said Coach Wright. “She does what she does very well, obviously. It just helps having somebody in that locker room that plays college basketball and has the confidence in themselves that, when times go bad, we can depend on.”
McCrea ended the night with nine points. Maddie Williamson had eight points and four assists. Harriet Fowler scored eight points, and Kieley Allen had two.
As expected, the men’s game was up-and-down all night long. The Tigers were ready for Greenville’s hectic style of quick shots, a full court press and mass substitutions, jumping out to a 16-6 lead early. The Panthers stormed back, however, and led 65-53 at halftime.
IW scored the first 15 points of the second half, including a trifecta of 3-pointers from Jake Neubauer, to steal back the lead at 68-65. The two teams went back-and-forth, and IW held an 87-85 lead with 11:07 remaining, but the Tigers had a rough five-minute stretch that led to the Panthers opening up a 112-97 lead with 6;28 on the clock.
“That’s something we’ve talked about every game this year is trying to eliminate that stretch, or minimize that stretch where we get away from what’s working for us, or what we want to do, and allow the other team to make a run,” IW men’s coach Alex Huisman said. “Against Greenville, against that system, that run can be a lot worse.”
Per usual, the Tigers put up huge numbers against Greenville despite the loss. Jarryd Fernandes finished the night with 41 points nad 15 rebounds. Alex Dentlinger had 29 points. Neubauer finished with 26. Marvin Saintolien scored nine. David Seber had eight. Alberto Torres-Municio had four, and Austin Banks scored two.
The IW women are now 4-18 overall and 4-11 in conference play. The men are 8-14 overall and 5-9 in the SLIAC. Both teams will play at MacMurray on Saturday.