Freshman Samantha Kixmiller scored with five seconds left Saturday to give the Missouri Valley College women's basketball team a 57-56 Heart of America Conference victory over visiting Benedictine.
The lead changed hands 15 times during the game, 12 in the second half. The teams traded baskets down the stretch, a three-pointer by freshman Rosie Youngstrom and a free throw from junior Teresa Zinkewicz putting the Lady Ravens in front by three points with 1:25 remaining in the game.
Sophomore Eboné Brown scored for the Lady Vikings, then rebounded a missed shot with 37 seconds left. After using up most of the clock, junior Sami Jackson fed Kixmiller for the go-ahead goal -- it holding up when Zinkewicz missed her attempt at the buzzer.
Zinkewicz had 17 points to lead Benedictine (12-10, 7-4 HAAC), which had won five of its previous six games.
Senior Hannah Young had 11 points, 10 rebounds and five assists for Valley (9-12, 5-6), which also got 11 boards from Brown while controlling the glass by a 46-33 margin.
The MVC men trailed from early in the first half onward during their 65-58 loss to the Ravens.
Benedictine led by as many as 12 points during the second half, but the Vikings made a run.
Junior Michael Connor sank two free throws, junior James Pope got loose inside for a deuce and Connor buried a long jumper to trim the margin to five points with under three minutes to go.
However, after two scoreless minutes, senior Alex Miller made a lay-up and senior Elgin Caldwell converted a pair of charity shots for the Ravens to seal the win.
Senior Chris McFaul scored 19 points for Benedictine (12-10, 7-4), who enjoyed a shooting edge of 56.8 to 39.2 percent from the field.
Connor had a game-high 23 points to pace the Vikings (9-14, 4-7).
The Valley teams will be at home Thursday to face Evangel.