The Iowa Wesleyan women's basketball team opened the USCAA National Basketball Championship tournament against Carlow University in Uniontown, Pennsylvania. For the first time in three years, the Tigers picked up a win in the quarterfinal game to advance to the second round of the tournament. Iowa Wesleyan defeated Carlow 54-36 to advance to Friday's semifinal action and will face Rochester College.
It took a while for both teams to get their offenses going to start the game. Dakota Flesner (SR/Payson, IL) scored the first basket of the game with a layup. With 6:18 to go in the opening period, Rachel Williams (SR/Phoenix, AZ) drained a three pointer to bring the score to 5-2 in favor of the Tigers. The Iowa Wesleyan defense held Carlow University to just two points until 3:34 remaining in the first quarter, but the Tiger offense held a 7-4 lead at that point. Iowa Wesleyan closed the quarter with two three pointers by Kaylee Moseley (SR/Taylor Ridge, IL) to hold a 13-6 advantage.
Breanna Hall (SR/Riverside, IA) and Kaylee Moseley each hit three pointers to open the second quarter for the Tigers. With 6:26 left in the half, Kaylee Moseley sank her fourth three pointer of the game and extended the IW lead to 22-8. The Iowa Wesleyan offense struggled to make shots the remainder of the quarter. Rachel Williams hit a free throw with 4:39 to go and that would be the end of the scoring for the Tigers in the second quarter. Carlow ended the half on a 7-0 run, but Iowa Wesleyan held a 23-15 lead at the end of the first half.
Iowa Wesleyan started the third quarter off slow, and Carlow cut the lead to three points. The Tigers were forced to call a timeout before the first media timeout of the half. Dakota Flesner made two layups for the Tigers to extend their lead to seven points. Carlow hit two free throws with 5:46 remaining in the quarter to bring the score to 27-22. Iowa Wesleyan went on a 13-0 run before the Celtics scored again. Carlow made a layup with 34 seconds left in the quarter, and Iowa Wesleyan held a 40-26 lead at the end of the period.
Dakota Flesner scored the first basket of the fourth period with 8:41 left in the game. The Tiger defense held the Celtics scoreless for just shy of the first three minutes of the final period. Carlow finally made a layup with 7:14 to go, but Dakota Flesner had an answer for the Tigers on the next possession to bring the score to 47-28. The Celtics scored three unanswered points before Rachel Williams drained a three pointer to extend the Tiger lead to twenty points. Breanna Hall sank a three pointer with 3:10 remaining for the final Tiger basket of the game. Carlow would score just three more points the rest of the game, and Iowa Wesleyan went on to win 54-36.
Iowa Wesleyan was led in scoring by Kaylee Moseley, who finished the game 5-8 from behind the three point line for 15 points. Dakota Flesner had a huge game for the Tigers, recording a double-double of 14 points and 19 rebounds (15 offensive). Breanna Hall finished with 9 points on 3-8 shooting from behind the arc. Rachel Williams grabbed 11 boards and finished with 7 points. Aimee Iverson (SR/Sherrard, IL) led the Tigers in assists with 4 and also chipped in 7 points.
The Tigers next game will be Friday, March 4. They will take on the number six seed, Rochester College at 1:00 pm EST in the main arena. The games will be streamed live at basketball.theuscaa.com/live.