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Lady Vikings sink GU in second half

Tuesday, January 24, 2012

The Missouri Valley College women's basketball team went on a 42-18 spree during the second half Monday during a 74-46 Heart of America Conference home win over Graceland.

The Valley men, meanwhile, lost to the Yellowjackets on an overtime buzzer-beater, 75-73.

The Lady Vikings and Graceland exchanged leads four times during a first half which saw the hosts head into the break with a four-point lead. That changed quickly in the second half.

While the Lady Yellowjackets were held without a field goal for nearly 10 minutes, Valley went on a 21-4 run, getting a pair of three-pointers from junior Lindsi Jackson.

Junior Moriah Jones ended Graceland's drought from the floor with 10:15 left in the game, after which the Lady Vikings went on an 11-1 spree to push the margin to 29 points.

While the Lady 'Jackets were held to 22.2-percent shooting from the field during the second period, Valley made 56.3 percent of its attempts. The Lady Vikings also controlled the boards for the game, 49-34.

Graceland (8-7, 3-6 HAAC) got a game-high 16 points and 11 rebounds from senior Florida Siaosi.

Senior Hannah Young and junior Cara Clark each scored 12 points for Valley (8-10, 4-4), which won its seventh straight home game. Young dished out five assists and came up with five steals and sophomore Eboné Brown contributed 10 points and nine rebounds.

After 10 lead changes in the first half of the men's game, Graceland appeared to take command during the second half -- building a 14-point cushion with four minutes to go.

The Vikings closed regulation with a 15-1 run, capped by a game-tying bomb from freshman Jordan Stapp with four seconds left.

Valley freshman Kevin Stander tied the game from long range midway through overtime, after which neither team could score until sophomore Jamal Lawson stuck back the Yellowjackets' fourth straight missed shot with less than a second remaining.

Senior Brad Burgus led Graceland (13-7, 5-4) to its fourth win in a row with 15 points and 11 rebounds. Lawson added 15, including all six of his team's points in OT.

The Vikings (7-12, 3-5) got 15 points off the bench from Stander, with junior Michael Connor providing 12 points, seven boards and seven assists.

Valley will be at home Thursday for a twinbill against Culver-Stockton.

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