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Vikings stumble to HAAC finish line

Monday, February 27, 2012

LAMONI, Iowa -- The Missouri Valley College men's and women's basketball teams closed the regular season Saturday by being on the wrong end of a third straight doubleheader sweep.

Even with the late-season swoon, the Vikings still made the cut for the Heart of America Conference Tournament -- both teams as the No. 8 seeds, with a first-round date this week at league champion MidAmerica Nazarene.

The Valley women lost their sixth in a row, but were in it for a half before falling at Graceland, 58-44. The Lady Yellowjackets hit a pair of three-pointers and converted nine of 10 free throws during the second half to fend off the challenge.

The Lady Vikings out-shot Graceland from the field, 42.5 to 33.3 percent, but had 20 fewer attempts due to yielding 21 turnovers and 13 offensive rebounds.

Senior Maleta Daughtery had 17 points, making all eight charity shots, and senior Jamie Whitfield added 12 points for the Lady 'Jackets (12-12, 7-11 HAAC) -- who wound up winning a three-way battle for sixth place in the league standings.

Valley (10-18. 6-12) was paced by junior Cara Clark's 18 points, with senior Hannah Young providing 10 points.

Four Graceland starters scored in double figures in the men's game, an 80-55 blowout of the Vikings.

The Yellowjackets stormed out to a 21-point halftime lead, limiting Valley to 28.6 percent shooting from the field. The Vikings made only 31.1 percent of their field-goal attempts and were buried on the boards, 51-36.

Senior Nick Mikle tallied 17 points and senior Garrett Grundman contributed 14 points and 13 rebounds for Graceland (19-10, 11-7).

Freshman Kevin Stander paced MVC (10-20, 5-13) with 17 points, the fourth time he's led the team in scoring in the last six games.

The Valley men will open the HAAC tourney Wednesday at Olathe, Kan., with the Lady Vikings heading there Thursday.

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