ST. CHARLES -- Lindenwood had no answer to the inside attack of the Missouri Valley College women's basketball team Thursday, dropping a 91-83 decision in the Heart of America Conference opener for both clubs.
Meanwhile, the Valley men came away still seeking their first win of the season, falling to the Lions, 96-71.
Seniors Bonnie Johnson and Nicole Allison each made three buckets as the Lady Vikings went on a 14-3 run to break a 6-6 tie, but Lindenwood (3-5, 0-1 HAAC) closed the gap to two when junior Natalie Hooss drained a three-pointer late in the period.
Hooss scored 13 of her team-high 25 points during the second half, but sophomore Holly Siverling had 10 points after the break and Valley continue to shoot well -- 51.7 percent from the floor and 19 of 23 from the free-throw line -- to protect and eventually expand its lead.
Johnson finished with 27 points and five assists, Allison had 24 points and 11 rebounds and Siverling added 17 points for the Lady Vikings (3-1, 1-0) -- who return home Saturday to play Graceland.
The men's contest was close midway through the first half, but then the Lions went on a sustained 22-4 spree to open a 20-point gap. The cushion grew to 25 points during the second half and Valley was unable to make a charge.
Four players scored in double figures for Lindenwood (7-4, 1-0), led by senior Earnie Norman's 21 points and 12 rebounds. The Lions enjoyed a 48-29 dominance on the glass.
Junior Craig Jones had 15 points and senior Jelani Hicks and sophomore Rouven Haenig each scored 14 points for the Vikings (0-8, 0-1), who host Columbia on Tuesday.