Viking Basketball Teams Drop Games at William Penn, Set for Conference Tournaments

Posted February 25, 2017

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Marshall, Mo. (February 25, 2017)- The Missouri Valley College men’s and women’s basketball teams traveled to Oskaloosa, Iowa for a Heart of America Athletic Conference doubleheader with William Penn (Iowa) University.  The Viking women’s team led through much of the game, but fell late, 58-51.  The Missouri Valley men’s team lost to No.2 William Penn, 107-93.


Missouri Valley took the lead early in the first quarter of the women’s game when Junior Forward Deidra McCoy (Hot Springs, Ark.) made a two-point field goal. A minute later, the Vikings added to their lead with a field goal from Senior Forward Ashley Ward (Springdale, Ark.), Junior Guard Anete Petersone (Marupe, Latvia) made a three-point shot with just over three minutes remaining to give Missouri Valley an 8-0 lead. William Penn managed to shorten the lead to just four points, but Senior Guard Alexis Boyd-Lockett (St. Paul, Minn.) made a two-point field goal in the last minute to give the Vikings a 12-6 lead at the end of the first.


William Penn came out fast in the second quarter to shorten the Missouri Valley lead to just one point. Sophomore Forward Haley Meyer (Troy, Mo.) hit a three-point field goal to make the score 18-14, followed by a field goal by Junior Guard Dasha Ivanova (Kursk, Russia) to restore the six point lead. Missouri Valley got another two-point shot from McCoy, before William Penn responded with a basket of their own to end the second quarter at 22-18.  Missouri Valley limited WPU to just 28-percent shooting and forced William Penn into nine turnovers.


The second half began with a three-point shot from William Penn, before Missouri Valley responded with back-to-back baskets, from Ivanova and Senior Forward Linsey Denney (Everton, Mo). The teams traded points up until William Penn managed to tie the game at 32-32 in the last two minutes of the quarter. The Statesmen then took their first lead of the game before the quarter ended with Missouri Valley trailing, 38-37.


The final quarter began with a McCoy field goal, which was converted to a three-point play when McCoy made the following free throw. William Penn managed to build a four point lead, but MVC tied the game with baskets from McCoy and Junior Forward Veronika Petkova (Montana, Bulgaria). William Penn took the lead again and this time there was no comeback from the Vikings, as they lost, 58-51.


Leading the way for Missouri Valley was Ward who finished with 12 points. McCoy added 11 points and five rebounds. The Vikings forced William Penn into 17 turnovers, and shot a 38.5% field goal percentage.


The loss drops Missouri Valley to 13-17 overall, and 9-17 in conference play. William Penn moves to 18-12 overall, and 16-10 in conference action.


The men’s game began with William Penn taking a quick four-point lead, but Missouri Valley was able to answer when Junior Darryl Lemear (Manor, Texas) made a three-point shot. Junior Remy Price (Chicago, Ill.) made a field goal less than a minute later, followed by a free throw, but William Penn continued scoring to maintain the lead. The Statesmen had a six-point lead with 13 minutes remaining, but a three-point field goal from Junior Tim Washington (Belwood, Ill.) started a good scoring run for the Vikings. Baskets from Price and Lemear brought Missouri Valley to within a point of William Penn, and the Vikings were able to tie the game up at 25-25 with a field goal from Junior Chism Obineke (Rowlett, Texas). Missouri Valley managed to take the lead with a pair of free throws from Washington, followed by a three-point play from Price, after he was fouled making a two-point shot. The two teams traded points, but William Penn managed to retake the lead in the final minutes of the half. Senior Brody Gronewold (Carthage, Ill.) beat the buzzer with a two-point shot, but the half ended with the Vikings trailing, 48-45.  Missouri Valley shot over 53-percent in the half, and forced WPU into 11 turnovers.


William Penn made a quick three-point shot to start the second half, Missouri Valley responded immediately with a field goal from Lemear. The teams traded points until Missouri Valley started getting back into the game with a three-point shot from Washington. William Penn maintained their lead well, a field goal from Price brought the Vikings within two points, but the Statesmen continued to score and pulled away once again, scoring back-to-back field goals. Missouri Valley got back to within three points with a field goal from Obineke, but William Penn went on another scoring run to maintain the lead. With just over one-minute remaining, and Missouri Valley trailing by double-digits, Gronewold hit a pair of free throws.  The first free throw gave Gronewold 1000-career points as a Viking.  However, the Statesmen pulled away in the final minutes to defeat Missouri Valley, 107-93.


Leading the way for Missouri Valley was Price who finished with 24 points, six assists and four rebounds. Washington added 20 points, While Brody Gronewold finished with 18 points, and now has 1001-career points as a Viking.  Gronewold becomes the eleventh Viking in the history of the men’s basketball program to reach the 1000-point milestone.  The last to reach the mark was Gronewold’s former teammate, Raviel Burton, who reached 1000 points at the beginning of the 2015-16 season.


The loss drops Missouri Valley to 13-16 overall and 11-15 in the Heart.  William Penn improves to 27-3 on the season and 23-3 in the Heart.


Both Viking basketball teams will now play in their respective Heart of America Athletic Conference Postseason Tournaments.  The two teams will be No. 10 seeds.  The women’s team will travel to Springfield, Mo., to play No. 7 seed Evangel (Mo.) University, Monday at 7 p.m.  The Vikings defeated Evangel, on the road, on Dec. 1, in overtime, 71-67, but lost at home on Feb. 2, 66-64.  The Viking men’s team will play No. 7 seed Central Methodist (Mo.) University, in Fayette, Tuesday at 7 p.m.  MissourI Valley was swept by CMU in the regular season, losing on the road Dec. 10, 88-51, followed by a loss at home on Feb. 11, 82-65.



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