Viking Women's Basketball Upsets Central Methodist, Men's Team Falls at Home

Posted February 11, 2017

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Marshall, Mo. (February 11, 2017)- The Missouri Valley College men’s and women’s basketball teams hosted Central Methodist (Mo.) University in Heart of America Athletic Conference action Saturday at the Burns Athletic Complex. The women’s team led for almost the entire game, knocking off No. 14 Central Methodist, 78-63.  The Viking men’s basketball mounted an early second half rally, but fell to the Eagles, 82-65.


The first quarter began with an early three-point shot from Central Methodist, but Missouri Valley replied with a three-point shot as well, made by Junior Forward Veronika Petkova (Montana, Bulgaria). Petkova hit another three-pointer less than a minute later. Sophomore Forward Haley Meyer (Troy, Mo.) made a three-point shot followed by a field goal to give the Vikings an eight point lead after the first three minutes, at 11-3. Central Methodist answered with a three-point field goal, before Senior Forward Ashley Ward (Springdale, Ark.) made a three-pointer. Ward made another three-point shot, followed by a field goal just moments later after the teams had traded points. The quarter ended with a Petkova free throw to put MVC up, 26-12.


Central Methodist got the first points of the second quarter, but Missouri Valley came back with field goal from Ward, before Junior Forward Deidra McCoy (Hot Springs, Ark.) made a three-point shot to give the Vikings a 17 point lead. Petkova added to the lead minutes later with another three-point field goal, and MVC extended the lead to 22 points when Ward made a two-point shot with four minutes remaining in the half. The teams traded points until a three-point shot from Ward was followed by a McCoy field goal to make the score 43-18. CMU managed to score some points in the final minutes but a pair of Ward free throws saw the first half end with MVC leading, 45-22.  The Vikings shot 50-percent in the half, and limited the Eagles to just 30-percent shooting.  MIssouri Valley also forced 13 turnovers.


The third quarter started with a six-straight points for Central Methodist, Missouri Valley was able to answer with a two-point shot from Petkova, but the Eagles continued to score points. Petkova made a three-point shot minutes later but CMU managed to keep scoring and shorten the Vikings lead to just 12 points with two minutes remaining in the third quarter. A pair of McCoy free throws was answered with a CMU field goal with six seconds remaining, to see the quarter end with the Vikings leading 58-47.


McCoy opened the fourth quarter hitting back-to-back three-point shots for Missouri Valley. Central Methodist made three-point field goals of its own to shorten the deficit, but MVC found points from Ward and Senior Forward Linsey Denney (Everton, Mo.) to keep a 15-point lead going into the final five minutes. The Eagles put pressure on the Vikings scoring back-to-back field goals, however field goals from Ward and Petkova restored a 15 point lead going into the last minute of play. Junior Guard Dasha Ivanova (Kursk, Russia) scored a fastbreak lay-up after stealing the ball in the final 30 seconds, and Missouri Valley was able to seal the upset win, 78-63.


Leading the way for Missouri Valley was Ward who finished with a career-high 27 points, and eight rebounds. While Petkova and McCoy both recorded double-doubles. Petkova finished her first double-double fo the season, scoring 20 points and grabbing 10 rebounds.  McCoy registered her third double-double of the season, adding 18 points, 10 rebounds. MVC forced CMU into 21 turnovers, and had a field goal percentage of .439.


The win moves Missouri Valley to 11-14 overall and 7-14 in the Heart, while Central Methodist drops to 18-8 on the season and 14-8 in conference play. This is the first time the Vikings have beaten a ranked opponent since defeating No.25 Central Methodist back on December 4, 2014.


The men’s game featured Missouri Valley taking an early lead, as Junior Remy Price (Chicago, Ill.) opened with a three-point play to put MVC in front, 3-0.  Central Methodist briefly claimed a lead, but a field goal from Junior Kyle Hickey (Ft. Worth, Texas) gave MVC a 7-6 advantage with just over three-minutes played.  The Eagles responded with a 10-0 run over the next three minutes, putting the Vikings in a 16-7 deficit.  The CMU lead reached double-digits for the first time, just after the 12-minute mark, when the Vikings trailed, 20-9.  Missouri Valley made just three field goals over the next 11-minutes, and Central Methodist built up a 37-17 advantage with under one minute to play in the half.  Sophomore Bobby Collins (St. Louis, Mo.) finished off the half with a three-pointer, but MissourI Valley went into the break trailing, 37-20.  Missouri Valley shot just 26-percent in the first half, but forced CMU into nine turnovers.


The second half opened with a run by the Vikings.  Junior Chism Obineke (Rowlett, Texas) started the 12-0 run with a field goal, and Senior Brody Gronewold (Carthage, Ill.) hit a pair of three-pointers, the second ended the run by putting MVC in a 37-32 deficit.  Central Methodist responded with five-straight points, opening a 42-32 lead with four minutes played after the break.  The Vikings again answered, and went on a 10-2 run over a more than two minute stretch.  Obineke had four points in the run, Gronewold finished out a three-point play, and a free throw from Junior Darryl Lemar (Manor, Texas) put MVC to a 44-42 deficit.  However, Missouri Valley was unable to complete the comeback.  The Eagles followed with a 13-2 run over the next four minutes, extending their lead to 57-44 just past the midway point of the half.  The Vikings were unable to get their deficit back to within single-digits in the late stages of the half, and CMU came away with an 82-65 win.


Gronewold led the team with 18 points, and added five assists.  Hickey finished with 10 points.  Missouri Valley shot over 64-percent in the second half, and forced Central Methodist into 16 turnovers.


The loss drops Missouri Valley to 12-12 on the season and 10-11 in the Heart.  Central Methodist improves to 16-10 overall and 13-9 in conference play.


Next for the Viking basketball teams is a home doubleheader with William Penn (Iowa) University, set for Monday.  The games were originally scheduled for Jan. 14, but were postponed due to weather.  The women’s game starts at 5:30 p.m., followed by the men’s game at 7:30 p.m., at the Burns Athletic Complex.  The William Penn men’s team is ranked No. 2, Nationally, while the women’s team is in the “others receiving votes” category of the women’s National rankings.



About Missouri Valley College

Known for its dynamic, richly diverse, and friendly educational environment, Missouri Valley College offers many opportunities to grow in mind, body, and spirit. Grounded in the liberal arts, undergraduate studies empower students to master interdisciplinary skills needed to succeed in a knowledge-based global society. MVC offers over 30 academic programs, study abroad program, extracurricular activities, and 13 sports. The most popular majors include education and business, criminal justice and exercise science. Above all, Valley is committed to student success. For more information, call (660) 831-4000 or visit


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