MOUNT PLEASANT, Iowa -- Mount Mercy knew it would need a team effort to defeat Iowa Wesleyan, and that's just what Head Coach Aaron Jennings got on Wednesday as the 13th-ranked Mustangs beat the Tigers, 83-74, in Midwest Collegiate Conference women's basketball at Ruble Arena.
Iowa Wesleyan (16-10, 12-5 MCC) held Mount Mercy (22-7, 14-3 MCC) to one of its lowest point totals of the season in a 67-51 defeat of the Mustangs a month ago in Cedar Rapids. But tonight was a different story for two reasons, turnovers and free throws. Mount Mercy committed only 11 turnovers while forcing 28 by the Tigers, and the Mustangs went 18-for-18 at the free throw line.
It was an important win for Mount Mercy, which clinched the No. 2 seed in next week's MCC Tournament. Iowa Wesleyan will settle for the third seed, now two games back of the Mustangs with one game left to play. Ninth-ranked Grand View (24-5, 16-1 MCC) secured the top seed in the tournament a week ago.
Senior forward Bria Fields played just 16 minutes off the bench for the Mustangs, but scored a team-high 23 points in only her four game of the season. Senior guards Laura Lippert and Emily Greiner added 16 and 13 points, respectively. Greiner also had five assists and six steals. Junior guard Brooke Quigley chipped in eight points and seven assists. Senior guard Micha Mims and sophomore forward Amanda Frost tallied eight points each as well.
Iowa Wesleyan's Anna Jones put up a game-high 29 points and 10 rebounds.Adilene Villalobos scored 16 points while Ashley Kruse totaled 11 points, nine boards and six assists.
Mount Mercy's regular season finale is coming up Saturday. The Mustangs look to avenge a 54-51 loss to Viterbo (Wis.) on Jan. 21 in Cedar Rapids when they face the V-Hawks (10-19, 8-9 MCC) at 4:00 p.m. at R.W. Beggs Gymnasium in La Crosse, Wis.