The Missouri Valley College women's basketball team came back from an eight-point second-half deficit Thursday to win its Heart of America Conference opener against visiting Culver-Stockton, 57-54.
Nine points by senior Gabi Morales helped stake the Lady Vikings to 23-15 lead during the first period, but the contest was tied at halftime.
Freshman Jasmine Mathews scored nine points during the first 10 minutes of the second half to put the Lady Wildcats in front. Valley trailed until senior Sami Jackson knocked down a three-pointer to tie the game with 1:47 left and took the lead 35 seconds later when Jackson fed senior Cara Clark in the paint.
Jackson made two free throws with nine seconds left for a three-point edge, but then missed the front end of a one-and-one with two ticks remaining. However, junior Alexis Sweet came up with a steal to preserve the victory.
Junior Mimi Reaves came off the bench to lead all scorers with 17 points for Culver (4-3, 0-1 HAAC), which had a four-game winning streak snapped.
Morales had 15 points and Clark 12 for the Lady Vikings (3-5, 1-0), which offset a 33-16 deficit in turnovers with a 47-33 advantage on the boards.
The Valley men got themselves into a Heart of America Conference shoot-out with Culver-Stockton, but couldn't keep pace during a 101-93 home loss Thursday.
Senior Austin Keaton scored 18 points as the Wildcats made 54.1 percent of their field-goal attempts during the first half for a 54-37 lead. The margin went up to 24 points early in the second half, but then the Vikings caught fire, junior Jim Thomas burying a pair of three-pointers to close to within 13 points with 14 minutes remaining.
However, Culver went on a 25-13 stretch and didn't allow its lead to fall into single digits until the final minute.
Keaton finished with 26 points and senior Marshawn Norris added 21 points for the 'Cats (6-2, 1-0 HAAC).
Valley (3-8, 0-1) got a game-high 30 points, along with six assists and three steals, from freshman Jordan Epps and Thomas wound up with 25 points.
KIRKSVILLE -- The Valley men's wrestling team won five of nine bouts, but bonus points provided NCAA Division II member Truman State with a 25-18 home win Thursday.
The Bulldogs jumped out to a 16-0 lead before freshmen Jake Ekster (149 pounds) and Dylan King (157) gave MVC back-to-back decisions. Senior Jamaal Bufford (174) won in double-overtime, but a pin by Truman State (2-0) gave it an insurmountable 25-9 lead.
Valley (1-1) closed out the dual with a pin by junior Josh Manu (197) and junior heavyweight Dan Mueller's 18-9 major decision.