Lady Vikings win on the Heart road, 77-68 over LU

Friday, February 12, 2010

ST. CHARLES -- A 20-8 run midway through the second half Thursday allowed the Missouri Valley College women's basketball team to overcome a six-point deficit for a 77-68 Heart of America Conference win at Lindenwood.

The victory ended a five-game losing streak in the league road for the Lady Vikings, who opened the contest with a 9-2 surge -- freshman Sami Jackson and Cassondra Copeland scoring seven points between them.

Valley led by 11 points with 9:11 left in the first half before the Lady Lions began their comeback, a 12-2 spree -- with a pair of buckets from senior Cassie Williams -- sending them into the break with a 34-30 lead.

The second half began as a defensive struggle, with only nine points scored between the two teams during the first six minutes. A Williams free throw with 11 minutes remaining extended Lindenwood's lead to 47-41, but the Lady Vikings pumped in 36 points after that.

Over the next five minutes Copeland would score 14 points, hitting three three-pointers, and Jackson added six points to put Valley ahead by 10 points.

The Lady Lions got to within five points with three minutes to go on freshman Destini Wilson's lay-up, but Valley went seven for eight from the free-throw line down the stretch to seal the win.

Williams finished with 21 points and 16 rebounds for Lindenwood (7-16, 5-9 HAAC).

Copeland's 19 points topped the Lady Vikings (8-16, 5-9), who also got 15 points and 16 boards from freshman ShaTeah West.

The Valley men forced overtime, but then went dry, to fall to the Lions, 63-60.

The game began was well as any on the road could for the Vikings, senior Rouven Haenig making four shots as they blew out to an early lead -- up to 10 points on senior J.D. Devault's bomb with 12 minutes left in the first half.

An 11-2 Lindenwood charge over the next two-plus minutes narrowed the margin to a point, but the visitors went into the break with a 30-26 lead.

Valley held a slim lead, of no more than six points, throughout the second half until junior David King broke a 51-51 tie with a lay-up at the 1:56 mark to put the Lions ahead. However, a last-second Haenig shot sent the game into OT.

Senior Patrick McDermott sank a charity shot and senior Roc Rogers got loose inside to put the Vikings ahead by three points during the opening minute of the extra frame, but they would only score two points the rest of the way.

Senior Joey Parker connected from outside with 1:35 remaining and added a free throw with three seconds left, while senior Bryant Porter's desperation mid-court heave at the horn missed the mark.

Lindenwood (17-8, 9-6) was paced by junior Richard Rose's 15 points and Parker's 12, with senior Toriano Adams collected 12 rebounds to help produce a 34-27 edge on the boards.

Haenig led all scorers with 19 points for Valley (16-9, 8-6), which lost its fourth straight HAAC road game.

The Vikings will return home Saturday to face MidAmerica Nazarene.

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