Both the Missouri Valley College men's and women's basketball teams won Saturday during the first Heart of America Conference home doubleheader of the season.
The Lady Vikings led Peru State by only one point at halftime, but went on a 17-2 tear early in the second half and cruised to an 80-63 victory. Senior Hannah Young and junior Lindsi Jackson each hit two shots, including a three-pointer, during that stretch.
Valley's 16-point cushion was whittled down to seven points by the Lady Bobcats, bombs from freshman Karlee Stuart and junior Katie Potter touching off a 15-6 surge. However, Young got a bucket and two free throws as the Lady Vikings got the margin back up into double digits with under five minutes remaining.
Potter topped Peru State (0-17, 0-5 HAAC) with 18 points.
Young finished with 16 points, 10 rebounds, five assists and three steals and sophomore Eboné Brown contributed 13 points for Valley (6-8, 2-2).
The Vikings opened the men's game with a 16-6 run and didn't allow the visitors to get closer than eight points the rest of the way.
Sophomore Jim Thomas had nine points as Valley went into the break with a 10-point lead, then began the second period with a three-pointer from junior David Yadrich. The Vikings' were ahead by 23 points midway through the frame.
The Bobcats (1-16, 0-5) were topped by junior Peter Knudson's 16 points.
Yadrich had 18 points, junior Michael Connor contributed 16 points and six assists and Thomas tallied 11 points and eight assists for Valley (6-9, 2-2) -- which made 12 of 27 three-point shots, following a nine-of-18 performance from beyond the arc two days earlier.
The Vikings will back home again Thursday for a twinbill against Central Methodist.