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Senior Theresa Gittens (10) scored 13 points to lead the Lady Vikings to a 65-63 OT win over Biola (Calif.).
(Chris Allen/Democrat-News)
SANTA CLARITA, Calif. -- After nearly three inactive weeks, the Missouri Valley College women's basketball team spent much of the GSAC Challenge Classic at Santa Clarita, Calif., playing catch-up.

The Lady Vikings couldn't mount a comeback Friday during a 104-60 disaster against The Master's College, the host school which came into the contest ranked sixth in NAIA Division I. However, Valley rallied the next day, beating Biola (Calif.) in overtime, 65-63.

The Lady Mustangs opened the game with a 7-0 run, blanking the visitors over the first three minutes and building a 24-point lead. The Lady Vikings battled back with an 18-6 surge over a four-minute span to close to within 11 points, but still trailed 50-36 at the break -- thanks to 19 turnovers which The Master's turned into 22 points.

A 9-2 run to begin the second half and a 19 straight points by the Lady Mustangs later in the period put the game away -- but MVC head coach Keith Lindahl wasn't around to see it all. He picked up a pair of technical fouls midway through the half, watching a physical contest degenerate -- to his team's detriment, the Lady Mustangs taking 39 trips to the free-throw line.

However, Lindahl's frustration was probably spurred as much by Valley's season-high 36 turnovers, which produced 50 points, or the 26 fast-break tallies recorded by The Master's.

Sophomore Annie Gillespie scored 20 points and freshman Erica Inge had a strong all-around performance with 14 points, 10 assists and five steals for the Lady Mustangs (9-2).

The Lady Vikings had no players score in double figures, junior Sarah Rogers coming off the bench to contribute nine points, six rebounds and three blocked shots.

The officials were just as whistle-happy Saturday, Biola getting a school-record 39 charity shots -- although converting only 20 of them.

That would come back to haunt the Lady Eagles, who couldn't hold on to the a slim lead at the end to drop their third straight game.

Neither team was able to shoot well after intermission, combining to go 15 of 67 from the field during the second half and extra frame. The difference was a three-point jumper sunk by Valley sophomore Jordanne Walker 20 seconds into OT.

Biola missed its first five shots in overtime, while also coughing the ball up five times. A free throw by freshman Jessilyn Conicelli with 1:16 left closed the margin to two points, but Rogers' two freebies with 50 seconds left provided the Lady Vikings the cushion they needed.

Junior Megan Alberts had 18 points and junior Summer Matthews collected 17 rebounds for the Lady Eagles (4-8).

Valley was led by senior Theresa Gittens' 13 points, with senior Bonnie Johnson adding 10 points and Rogers and junior Imogene Dooley splitting 16 points off the bench.

The Lady Vikings (6-4) will be at home Saturday to resume Heart of America Conference play against Avila.

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