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Valley posts third straight HAAC sweep

Friday, February 1, 2008

After going through the first half of the Heart of America Conference season without a doubleheader sweep, the Missouri Valley College men's and women's basketball teams pulled off their third perfecta in a row Thursday in the Burns Athletic Center.

The Lady Vikings extended Culver-Stockton's losing streak to 14 games with a 76-62 victory, followed by an 80-73 decision for the men.

Senior Bonnie Johnson and junior Holly Siverling each made three shots during the Valley women's game-opening 19-7 run, from which the Lady Wildcats never recovered -- coming no closer than seven points the rest of the way, which MVC answered with a 12-2 spree.

Culver (4-17, 0-13 HAAC) cut the deficit to eight points early in the second half, but the Lady Vikings got a bucket and two free throws from Johnson and a three-pointer by sophomore Jordanne Walker to widen the gap to 17 with an 11-2 stretch.

Johnson finished with 22 points, eight rebounds and seven assists and senior Nicole Allison had 16 points and nine boards for Valley (10-10, 7-6) -- which again controlled the glass, 43-28.

The men's game was much tighter throughout, with five lead changes in the first half before the Vikings went into the break with an eight-point edge.

A 12-4 surge early in the second half, spurred by bombs from seniors Jelani Hicks and Boman Mullings, widened the gap to 11 points.

Valley was up by nine points going into crunch time, hanging on despite missing five of 10 free throws.

The Wildcats (7-15, 4-9) didn't help themselves with turnovers on a technical foul and hold on offense.

Mullings scored 25 points and junior Brandon Toliver contributed 15 points and 13 rebounds as the Vikings (7-17, 7-6) won their fourth in a row to move into fifth place in the standings -- a nice recovery from an 0-11 start to the season.

The Valley teams will be on the road Saturday for a twinbill at William Jewell.

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