CEDAR RAPIDS, Iowa - Coe College held Wartburg without a point in the first 6:38 of the game, but the Knights went 10-for-21 from the field in the first half after that to beat Coe 56-46 at Eby Fieldhouse. It was the first Iowa Conference loss for Coe.
Coe led 6-0 early in the game, but a 12-2 run by Wartburg gave the Knights a 12-8 lead with 9:24 to play in the first half. Coe regained the lead on a 6-0 run in the next 1:11, as senior Kayla Waskow (Dunkerton, Iowa/Dunkerton) scored four of the six points to put Coe ahead 14-12 with 7:57 remaining in the half. Wartburg responded with a 10-0 run in the next 3:27, as they took an eight-point lead with 4:10 left in the half. Coe scored four of the final six points of the half, all from junior Caitlin Kray (Cedar Rapids, Iowa/Xavier), as Wartburg took a 24-18 lead into the locker room.
A basket by Terri Dirks :47 into the second half gave the Knights a 26-18 lead before Coe went on a 12-3 run in the next 3:11 to take a 30-29 lead with just over 15 minutes to play. Sophomore Mary Halvorson (Waterville, Iowa/Waukon) broke the eighth tie of the game with a jumper in the pain with 12:16 to play, but Wartburg responded with a 10-1 run in the next 7:01 to break the game open.
Senior Kelsey Jipp (Bettendorf, Iowa/Pleasant Valley) hit a 3-pointer with 3:37 to play, cutting the lead to four, but the Knights once again had an answer with an 8-4 run. Wartburg scored the final four points in the last :16, as they pushed their lead to 10 with under :10 to play.
Coe was led by Waskow's game-high 15 points and seven rebounds. She also had three steals and two blocked shots. Freshman Megan Hayes (Bettendorf, Iowa/Pleasant Valley) added seven points and four blocked shots, while sophomore Mackenzie Reed (Iowa City, Iowa/West) added six points. Leslie Wilson and Abi Weidemann led the Knights with 15 and 13 points apiece.
Wartburg outscored Coe 12-2 on second chance points. The Knights were 1-of-3 from the free throw line in the first half, but connected on 13-of-19 attempts in the second half. Coe was a perfect 6-of-6 at the line in the first half, but struggled to 2-of-7 shooting from the charity stripe in the second half.
With the loss and Buena Vista's loss to Luther, Coe and Wartburg are now tied atop the Iowa Conference standings at 4-1. Coe will travel to Luther on Wednesday. Tipoff is scheduled for 6 p.m. in Decorah.