Jan. 9, 2013
Storm Lake, Iowa
Buena Vista trailed by as many as 17 points with nearly six minutes to play before clawing all the way back within three with under 10 seconds to go, but a last-second three-point shot was just off target, and the Beavers fell 74-71 to visiting Loras College (11-2, 1-1 IIAC) on Wednesday night.
Three players scored in double-figures for BVU, led by senior Brooke Wehle’s (Denison, Iowa/Denison-Schleswig) game-high 17 points. She finished 5-of-8 from the field and 5-of-6 at the free-throw line. Sophomore Becca Pennington (Mt. Ayr, Iowa/Mt. Ayr) connected on seven of her 10 attempts from the field and followed with 16 points, while junior Susan Kies (Fonda, Iowa/Newell-Fonda) made 3-of-4 from downtown and 4-of-4 from the charity stripe to add 15 points.
The game was tied at 4-4 early on before the Duhawks erupted on a 28-11 run over the next nine minutes to post their largest lead of the half 32-15. Wehle then made 1-of-2 at the line and later nailed a three-point shot to help spark a 7-0 BVU run to get the team back within 10. Freshman Lexi Fisher (Glenwood, Iowa/Glenwood) drilled a long-range shot to get the Beavers back within single digits before Kies sank a pair of free-throws and nailed a three to get them as close as four with just over one minute left in the half.
A pair of late free-throws from the Duhakws gave them the six-point lead (43-37) at the break.
Loras again ran out of the gate to start the second half, using a 16-5 run to go back up 17 midway through the period. A jumper from Fisher got the Beavers as close as 11 with just over eight minutes to go before Loras ran off six straight to go back up 17 with 6:23 left.
BVU was not about to go away, as Wehle sank a pair of free-throw and then assisted on Kies’ three the next time down the floor to pull back within 12. Pennington then hit a pair of jumpers around a made free-throw from Loras to cut the deficit to single digits before Wehle stepped up and hit two more free-throws to make it a seven-point game (67-60) with just over two minutes to play.
Loras made 1-of-2 free-throws to make it a 68-60 game, while senior Tara Lehner (Le Mars, Iowa/Le Mars), who led BVU with eight rebounds in the game, grabbed the board on the missed free-throw and then came down the floor and hit the jumper to get BVU as close as six.
Loras then made a bucket and hit a free-throw to extend the lead back to nine, but BVU had an answer with Wehle hitting her second three of the night to make it 71-65 with just more than a minute left.
Wehle later made it a three-point game with a layup with 10 seconds left, and after Loras missed a pair of free-throws, she hand a chance to tie things up at the buzzer but her shot just rimmed off the left side of the rim.
With her three three-pointers, Kies moves into sole possession of fourth on the program’s all-time list with 114. She’s now made at least three in each of the last seven games.
BVU finished the contest shooting 42.6 percent from the field, including 8-of-12 (60 percent) from downtown.
Loras finished at 44 percent from the field, despite shooting just 30 percent in the second half. It also went to the free-throw line 38 times, connecting on 23.
Five players scored in double-figures for the Duhawks, led by Brit Kent and Niki Rivera, who each turned in 13.
Buena Vista is now 7-6 overall this season (0-2 IIAC). The team looks for its first conference win of the year when it travels to the University of Dubuque (10-3, 0-2 IIAC) for a 2:00pm tip-off on Saturday afternoon.