Junior Susan Kies (Fonda, Iowa/Newell-Fonda) nailed a trio of three-point buckets in a three-minute span to break a 53-53 tie and spark a key 11-0 Buena Vista run on Saturday afternoon, as the Beavers finished their season on a strong note with a thrilling 69-66 home victory over Coe College (13-11, 6-8 IIAC).
Kies, who finished with a game-high 25 points, made 4-of-10 attempts from long range in the contest, as BVU made just 6-of-22. She hit back-to-back triples to break the tie, and after a basket from fellow junior Malarie Gilley (Grand Junction, Iowa/East Greene) made it an eight-point margin, Kies came right back down and connected again from beyond the arc for a 64-53 lead with 3:33 remaining. She moved past Tracy Hartwig (2003-07) for third on the program's all-time career list with 135 three-point makes.
Six straight points by the Kohawks got them within five with under two minutes left and got as close as three with 46 ticks to go.
Kies sank a pair of free-throws to bump the margin back to five before sophomore Becca Pennington (Mt. Ayr, Iowa/Mt. Ayr) sank 1-of-2 to give the Beavers a 69-63 cushion with 13 seconds left. Coe got a bucket and free-throw with less than three seconds left for the game’s final score.
Senior Brooke Wehle (Denison, Iowa/Denison-Schleswig) closed out her BVU career with 11 points and four assists winds up tied for seventh on the program’s all-time career list with 218 career assists. Pennington was also in double-figures with 10 points.
Fellow senior Tara Lehner (Le Mars, Iowa/Le Mars) also put an exclamation point on her career by hauling in a game-high 16 rebounds, wrapping up the year with 251 overall and finishing fourth on the program’s single-season list. Senior Heather Hansman (Westside, Iowa/Ar-We-Va) was next with five rebounds, including a team-leading three on the offensive end.
The Beavers shot just 33 percent over the first 20 minutes before bouncing back with a 52 percent effort in the second half.
The win was the fifth in the final seven games for the team to close out the year, after starting the Iowa Conference schedule at 0-7. The team wraps up the year at 12-13 overall (5-9 IIAC).
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