MVC basketball: Lady Vikings lose nail biter

Monday, January 25, 2010

The sixth straight loss for the Missouri Valley College women's basketball team may have been the hardest.

Sophomore Teresa Zienkewicz's bucket with 17 seconds remaining was the sixth and last lead change of the second half Saturday, giving Benedictine a 60-59 Heart of America Conference road win over the Lady Vikings.

There was enough time left for Valley to recover, but junior Rachel Harrison missed a shot. Junior Jonica Booth came up with the rebound for MVC, but the ball was stolen by senior Christian Reischl to secure the Lady Ravens' victory.

The first half ended with Benedictine up a point, after being ahead by 10 with three minutes to go. Following back-to-back games of 0-9 team three-point shooting, freshman Cassandra Copeland began the rally with a bomb -- the only one of the game for the Lady Vikings, last in the league with 2.2 made treys per game.

Freshman Sami Jackson added four free throws in the final minute and Valley took the lead when senior MaCall Budke converted junior Gita Grava's steal into a deuce.

After that, the game shifted back and forth until junior Chelsea Quiring came off the bench to hit three shots for a six-point Viking lead with 5:23 left. Senior Drew Huff quickly answered with a three and lay-up.

Valley still led by three with under two minutes remaining, but missed its last three field-goal attempts and Booth made only one of a double bonus at 1:21. Zienkewicz scored with 1:06 to go to put the Lady Ravens in reach for her game-winning goal 49 seconds later.

Sophomore Kelsey Wolfe led all scorers with 17 points for Benedictine (10-8, 5-4 HAAC), which has won four of its last five games.

Quiring topped the Lady Vikings (6-14, 3-7) with 14 points and eight rebounds. Valley will play Thursday at Central Methodist, which has won two of three after a five-game skid.

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