Women's Basketball Season Ends with Quarterfinal Loss at Benedictine

Posted March 1, 2017

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Marshall, Mo. (March 1, 2017)- The Missouri Valley College women’s basketball team travelled to Atchison, Kan., for a Heart of America Athletic Conference Postseason Tournament quarterfinal round matchup against No. 12 Benedictine (Kan.) College. The Vikings nearly came back from a 19-point deficit, but fell to the Ravens, 78-74.


Benedictine came out fast in the first quarter, making a three-point shot after just over 10 seconds. Missouri Valley responded with a field goal from Junior Forward Veronika Petkova (Montana, Bulgaria). Benedictine built up an eight-point lead over the next couple of minutes, Missouri Valley shortened the deficit with a pair of free throws from Junior Forward Deidra McCoy (Hot Springs, Ark.), followed by a Petkova field goal, and then a two-point shot from Senior Center Devan Swisegood (Salisbury, Mo.) which brought the Vikings within two points of tying the game. Benedictine built up another lead, but a pair of McCoy free throws followed by a field goal from Junior Guard Dasha Ivanova (Kursk, Russia) put Missouri Valley within a point of Benedictine at the end of the first, 21-20.


Missouri Valley took the lead early in the second quarter with a pair of McCoy free throws. Benedictine reclaimed the lead with a two-point shot but the Vikings were able to respond with a field goal from Petkova. The teams traded points over the next couple of minutes, until Benedictine managed to build up a 14-point lead with three minutes to play in the half. Missouri Valley got a field goal from Senior Forward Ashley Ward (Springdale, Ark.) followed by back-to-back three-point shots from McCoy and Senior Forward Linsey Denney (Everton, Mo.) to shorten the deficit to six points. Benedictine responded with a pair of free throws and the Vikings went into the break trailing, 42-34.  Missouri Valley shot over 46-percent in the first half and forced BC into four turnovers.


Benedictine started the third quarter scoring 11-straight points to bring the lead to 53-34. Missouri Valley responded by scoring 10 unanswered points of its own to bring the game back to a single-digit deficit. The Vikings got a two-point shot from Ward before the end of the quarter, but a Benedictine three-pointer meant that Missouri Valley trailed the Ravens 61-48 going into the fourth.


Missouri Valley started the fourth quarter with a field goal from Ward, but were pegged back straight away with a Benedictine three-point shot. The Vikings got field goals from McCoy and Petkova minutes later to bring the deficit to eight points, The Ravens responded with a two-point shot, before Freshman Guard Sierra Adams (Peoria, Ariz.) hit a three-pointer to bring Missouri Valley within seven points of the lead with five minutes remaining. Minutes later, back-to-back baskets from McCoy and Petkova shortened the deficit to just four points, but the Vikings were unable to complete the comeback, and fell, 78-74.


Leading the way for the Vikings was Petkova who scored 21 points and grabbed nine rebounds. McCoy also scored 21, and got six rebounds with seven assists. Ward came up with 14 points and added seven rebounds. Missouri Valley forced Benedictine into 18 turnovers, and the Vikings made 12 of 13 free throws, while also scoring 44 points in the paint.

Missouri Valley ends their season with a 14-18 overall record, while Benedictine moves to 24-7 overall and into the tournament semifinal round.



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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