MVC Women's Basketball Defeats Sterling Saturday

Posted January 4, 2014

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Andy Pulverenti, sports information director, (660) 831-4230,



 Marshall, Mo. (January 4, 2014)- The Missouri Valley College women’s basketball team traveled to Hillsboro, Kan., Saturday afternoon for a non-conference matchup with Sterling College in the Post Holiday Classic. The Vikings knocked off Sterling for the second time this season with an 84-73 victory.


The Vikings got early against Sterling as Sophomore Guard Rayna Smith (St. Louis, Mo.) scored the team’s first nine points of the game, all coming off three-point field goals. Junior Forward Samantha Kixmiller (Kearney, Mo.) scored six straight points for MVC as the Vikings put together an impressive first half performance on offense to take a 49-39 lead into the halftime break. The Vikings shot over 45-percent in the game, which included a 50-percent mark from the three-point line. Meanwhile, MVC limited Sterling to just 37-percent shooting in the game, and eventually pulled away for the 84-73 victory.


Leading the way for MVC was Kixmiller who matched her career-high with 17 points on 7 of 8 shooting. Kixmiller also matched a career-high with nine rebounds and had a career-high four assists. Senior Forward Gabby Lovelace (Pleasant Hill, Mo.) added 15 points and three rebounds and Smith finished with 14 points. Also, Junior Guard DeVaughna Jenkins (Fresno, Calif.) had 11 points. The Vikings also forced Sterling into 17 turnovers. MVC had previously defeated Sterling on Dec. 17 by an 87-75 score.


The win improves MVC to 9-6 on the season, while Sterling falls to 5-9.


The Vikings will next play a Heart of America Athletic Conference game with Avila University in Kansas City, Mo., Jan. 9 in a doubleheader with the men’s team. Women’s tipoff is scheduled for 5:30 p.m.



About Missouri Valley College

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