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Vikings swept at Avila

Friday, January 20, 2012

KANSAS CITY -- The shooting woes on the road continued Thursday for the Missouri Valley College men's and women's basketball teams.

The Lady Vikings made only 26.8 percent of their field-goal attempts during a 68-56 Heart of America Conference loss at Avila. The Valley men had a terrible first half and wound up with a 35.4-percent mark from the floor, missing 12 of 13 three-point attempts, while falling to the Eagles, 69-53.

The Avila men limited the Vikings to 14.3-percent shooting to take a 13-point lead into halftime. Buckets by senior Matt Baker and junior Michael Connor got Valley to within 11 points early in the second half, but a 24-10 run during a nine-minute span of the period pushed the Eagles' lead to a comfortable 26 points.

Junior Austin Stockard's 16 points topped Avila (13-6, 6-2 HAAC), tied for second in the league standings a game behind MidAmerica Nazarene.

Connor had 16 points for the Vikings (7-11, 3-4), who controlled the boards by a 42-34 margin -- Baker collecting 11 rebounds -- but had a minus-13 turnover ratio.

The Valley women trailed by 15 points at halftime and weren't able to cut the deficit into single digits until junior Sami Jackson capped an 8-1 run with a pair free throws for a nine-point gap with 1:08 remaining in the game.

Senior Victoria Murillo had 20 points and four steals for the Lady Eagles (12-7, 6-2), also a game behind MNU in the title race.

The Lady Vikings (7-10, 3-4) were paced by senior Hannah Young's 16 points.

The Valley teams will return home Monday for a doubleheader against Graceland.

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