Women's Basketball Beats Evangel in Conference Tournament Opener

Posted February 27, 2017

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Marshall, Mo. (February 27, 2017)- The Missouri Valley College Women’s Basketball team travelled to Springfield, Mo. to take on Evangel University in the first round of the Heart of America Athletic Conference Postseason Tournament. The Vikings came out on top in a close game, 64-61.

 

The first quarter began with Evangel making a free throw, followed by a field goal giving the Crusaders an early three point advantage. The game was tied up soon after when Senior Forward Linsey Denney (Everton, Mo.) made a three-point shot. The teams traded points over the next couple of minutes, but Missouri Valley managed to build a four point lead thanks to a two-point field goal from Senior Center Tessa Ramsey (Melbourne, Australia). Evangel scored a pair of free throws, followed by a field goal at the buzzer to tie the game, and to end the first quarter at 18-18.

 

Missouri Valley came out fast in the second quarter and regained their four-point lead thanks to back-to-back two-point shots from Senior Forward Ashley Ward (Springdale, Ark.). Evangel shortened the deficit to just one point with a three point shot, but  a pair of free throws minutes later from Junior Forward Deidra McCoy (Hot Springs, Ark.) followed by another field goal from Ward gave the Vikings a five point advantage with two minutes remaining in the period. Evangel almost levelled the score late in the quarter but a two-point shot from Ward with seconds remaining saw the Vikings go into halftime with a 35-31 lead.  Missouri Valley limited Evangel to just 30-percent shooting and held a 22-19 edge in rebounding over the Crusaders.

 

Evangel scored a pair of free throws to open the third quarter, but Missouri Valley maintained its lead, getting a three-pointer from Ward shortly after. Evangel scored 10 straight points to turn the game around, which was almost cancelled out by back-to-back baskets from Junior Forward Veronika Petkova (Montana, Bulgaria), but the Crusaders managed to build their lead back up before the end of the quarter, as it finished with the Vikings trailing, 51-45.

 

The fourth quarter started with a field goal for Missouri Valley from McCoy, who then scored a pair of free throws moments later to shorten the deficit to just two points. Just over a minute later, Senior Guard Alexis Boyd-Lockett (St. Paul, Minn.) made a three-point shot to put the Vikings into the lead. Evangel came straight back with back-to-back baskets, but another Missouri Valley three-pointer, this time from Denney, saw the game tied at 55-55 with just over four minutes to play. Evangel took a brief lead, but a pair of free throws from McCoy, followed by a two-point field goal from Petkova, gave the Vikings an important four point lead going into the last minute of play. The Crusaders made it a one-possession game with a basket and a free throw, but a pair of Petkova free throws were enough to seal the win for Missouri Valley as they won, 64-61.

 

Leading the way for Missouri Valley was Ward who scored 17 points, and grabbed herself a double-double with 11 rebounds. Also recording a double-double for the Vikings was Petkova who finished with 16 points and 11 rebounds. McCoy added 16 points and 9 rebounds, just one board away from a double-double of her own.

 

The win moves Missouri Valley to 14-17 on the season, while Evangel has its season end with a 13-17 record.  This was Missouri Valley’s first conference postseason win since the 2014 conference tournament.

The Vikings move into the quarterfinal round, and will travel to Atchison, Kan., for a game with No. 11 Benedictine (Kan.) College, Wednesday at 7 p.m.  Missouri Valley lost both regular season matchups, falling at home, 53-44, back on Jan. 4, and lost on the road, 75-66, Feb. 8.

 

 

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 www.moval.edu.

 



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