Wiebers, Meggers lead IIAC in scoring
Buena Vista University men's and women's basketball teams are at the top of the Iowa Conference in a number of key categories, according to statistics released by the IIAC this week.
In addition, several BVU men and women are among the statistical leaders in the conference.
On the men's side, the Beavers lead the Iowa Conference in scoring offense, averaging 82.2 points per game en route to a 6-0 mark. Dubuque is second with an average of 77 points per game.
The BV men are sixth in the league in scoring defense, giving up an average of 74.2 ppg. Loras College leads that category; it's giving up just 59 points pg.
The Beaver men are also second in field goal percentage, hitting 47.6 percent of their shots. Loras is first with 49.2 percent. BV, meanwhile, is first in three-point field goal percentage, making 40.8 percent of its shots beyond the arc.
The BVU men have been strong on the offensive boards, where they are first in the conference with an average of 12.33 per game. In addition, BVU leads the Iowa Conference in assists per game with 18.81, with Dubuque second (17).
The BVU men are third in steals with an average of 9.43 per game and second in turnover margin. They average 15 per game while their opponents have an average of 16.7 per contest.
Individually, BVU's senior post player Scott Weber leads the Iowa Conference in scoring with an average of 19.5 points per game. Nick Thomas of Dubuque is second (17.3 ppg) while Scott Veldhuizen of Central is third (17.1).
Last year's IIAC scoring champ, Eric Wiebers, is fourth currently in conference scoring with an average of 16.3 ppg.
In addition, Weber is fifth in the IIAC in rebounding with an average of 7.3 per game. Jake Lappe of Luther leads that category with an average of 8.0 per game.
BVU's Randy Bissen is third in field goal percentage, having hit 62.9 percent of his shots. Matt Murray of Loras is the leader with 75 percent.
Point guard Casey Pelzer is second in the conference in assists with an average of 6.5 per game. He's also fifth in steals with an average of 1.83 per contest.
Wiebers, meanwhile, leads the conference in three point shooting, hitting an average of 3.83 three point shots per game. Pelzer also leads the conference in assist to turnover ratio (3.90).
Meanwhile, the BVU women lead the conference in a number of categories, including scoring offense (80 ppg), scoring defense (56.4 ppg) and scoring margin (+23.6).
The BVU women also lead the IIAC in field goal percentage defense (35.9 percent) and in rebounding with an average of 46.4 per game.
Also, the BVU women are second to Wartburg College in rebounding margin. They're currently outrebounding their opponents by an average of 10.4 per game. Wartburg leads with 12.9.
Additionally, the Beavers lead the conference in four other categories, including steals (12.86 per game), turnover margin (+7.29), assist to turnover ration (1.06) and offensive rebounds (17.42 per game).
Individually, BVU standout Amy Meggers leads or is close to the top in a number of key categories. She leads the conference in scoring with an average of 23.1 points per game. Amanda Pilcher of Simpson College is a distance second, averaging 18.5 ppg.
Meggers, like Wiebers, last year's Iowa Conference Most Valuable Player, is tops in the IIAC in rebounding with an average of 10.5 boards per game.
Also, sophomore BV point guard Katie Maguire leads the conference in two categories. She's tops in assists with an average of 4.86 per game. She also leads the league in steals with an average of three per game. Meggers is fifth in steals with an average of two per game.
Maguire is also fourth in three point field goal percentage (41.2 percent) and second in three point field goals made (two per game).
Meggers is also second in the conference in offensive rebounding with an average of 4.71 per game. The senior is also second in defensive rebounding with an average of seven per game.
Maguire is second in the IIAC in assist to turnover ratio, averaging 2.62 more assists than turnovers.
Meanwhile, Maguire is ninth in conference scoring with an average of 13.1 points per game.
BV center Kristina Kapler is 11th in rebounding with an average of 6.1 per game and 12th in free throw percentage (80 percent). Megger is 11th in free throw percentage. Shes hitting 89 percent of her free throw attempts thus far.