MVC basketball: Vikings split HAAC opener
The Missouri Valley College women's basketball team began its Heart of America Conference campaign Thursday with a 78-57 home win over Central Methodist.
However, the nightcap didn't go well for the Vikings, their seven-game win streak snapped by the Eagles, 68-49.
The Lady Vikings took an 11-point lead midway through the first half with a 10-2 run behind two goals and an assist from freshman Sami Jackson, but went into the break with only a five-point edge.
A three-pointer from junior Gita Grava and steal and fast break by freshman Deanna Sieckman quickly bumped the margin to 10 points early in the second half, but the Lady Eagles got bombs from freshman Raylynn Nuss and sophomore Sami Dunger as they closed the gap to two.
Valley would stay in front, but lead by no more than eight points until the final three minutes. Jackson made two of four from the free-throw line, Quiring converted a conventional three-point play and Jackson stole the ball for a transition bucket to extend the margin to an insurmountable 15 points with 1:27 left.
Dunger had a game-high 22 points for Methodist (4-3, 0-1 HAAC).
Four players scored in double figures for the Lady Vikings (4-5, 1-0), topped by Quiring's 15 points and 11 rebounds. Senior MaCall Budke had 14 points and Jackson contributed 12 points, five assists and three steals off the bench.
The Valley men didn't overcome a hot shooter in Eagles' guard Matt Sherman. The senior from Fayette, the son of CMU head coach Jeff Sherman, added to his school record in three-pointers with six -- giving him 322 in his career and 43 on the season to lead the NAIA.
Methodist never trailed, but only led by five points at intermission before Sherman struck from outside to begin the second half.
The Eagles were up by 11 points before senior Roc Rogers made two from the charity stripe and senior J.D. Devault connected to make it 40-33 with 14:13 left, but that was as close as Valley got.
Methodist reeled off 15 straight points, seven coming from junior Tyler Bredehoeft, the former St. Paul standout, to build a 22-point cushion with under eight minutes remaining and coasted to the victory.
Sherman wound up with 21 points and junior Lucas Dahl added 10 points, nine rebounds and three blocked shots for the Eagles (7-4, 1-0).
Senior Patrick McDermott's 13 points were high for the Vikings (7-2, 0-1) -- who held a 39-28 advantage on the glass, but suffered a 16-5 gap in turnovers while only shooting 35.4 percent from the field.
The Valley teams will be at home Saturday for a HAAC doubleheader against William Jewell.