The Missouri Valley College men's and women's basketball teams were swept for the third straight time in Heart of America Conference doubleheaders during Saturday's home games against NAIA-ranked MidAmerica Nazarene.
The Lady Vikings nearly came back from a 16-point deficit during their 67-61 loss. The 24th-ranked Lady Pioneers held that cushion with under eight minutes remaining, but Valley went on a 21-9 run behind 14 points from senior Hannah Young -- the last two closing the gap to four points with 31 seconds remaining.
Sophomore C.J. Wesemann knocked down a pair of free throws five seconds later and the Lady Vikings couldn't connect on a three-point attempt with eight seconds to go.
MidAmerica (20-8, 13-3 HAAC) enjoyed a 35-12 advantage in scoring off the bench, with three subs reaching double figures -- led by junior Sophia Stockton's 12 points and 10 points and 10 rebounds from senior Kristie Tiegreen -- to remain tied for first place in the league standings.
Young finished with 20 points and junior Sami Jackson added 17 points for Valley (10-15, 6-9).
In the men's game, the Vikings came back from an early 12-point deficit, but No. 21 MNU pulled away during the second half for its 10th win in 11 games, 80-63.
Valley held a brief lead in the first half and went into the break down by four points. However, after three tie scores early in the second period, the Pioneers went on a 31-5 spree over an 11-minute span to put the game away.
Junior Rustin Dowd led all players with 25 points and sophomore Conner Langrehr added 20 for MidAmerica (20-8, 14-2), which shot 64.0 percent from the field after the break.
The Vikings (9-18, 4-11) got 20 points from senior Matt Baker, with freshman Kevin Stander contributing 17 points, five assists and three steals.
Valley will be on the road today for a make-up date at Benedictine.