A 15-0 run in the last four minutes of the first half led the Buena Vista University women's basketball team to a rout of Coe College at Siebens Field House Saturday afternoon.
Led by 19 points from sophomore guard Katie Maguire, the Beavers pounded Cornell, 91-56.
Senior center Kristina Kapler added 15 points while Iowa Conference MVP Amy Meggers added 14.
With the win, the BVU women improved to 10-1 overall and to 3-0 in Iowa Conference play.
The difference in the game, according to BVU coach Janet Berry, was her team's experience and depth and Coe's lack of it. Coe started three freshman.
"They had some young players and we tried to exploit that edge in experience with some pressuring defenses and it paid off," Berry said Sunday night. "We did the same thing we did against Cornell Friday, which was pressure them into taking some shots they really didn't want to take."
It was the second rout in as many days for the BVU women, who blitzed Cornell College at Siebens Field House Friday night, 94-56.
"The difference in both games is that we took good shots and made most of ours and it was the opposite for the other teams," Berry said. "We played well during both games on the weekend."
Saturday afternoon, Coe stayed to within ten to 12 points of the BVU women throughout most of the first half.
Then came the 15-0 run by the Beavers.
"Katie (Maguire) sparked us during the rally with a steal and layup and Kelli (Taylor) made the same type of play," added Berry. "It really broke open the game for us."
The rally at in the last four minutes of the first half gave the Beavers a commanding 46-21 lead at the half.
"They were kind of hanging around most of the first half," Berry said. "We used our depth, athleticism and experience to our advantage."
BVU outscored Coe 45-35 in the second half for the final margin.
In both games over the weekend, the Beavers' great depth was a factor. She says it allows her team to run the floor at every opportunity.
"And when we're sprinting from end to end constantly so is the other team," Berry said. "Teams have been able to stay with us for a while but what we've been seeing is that with the players we can bring off the bench, we're wearing our opponents down."
Two other BVU players nearly reached double figures, as Taylor and Kelli Staley each added eight points. Meggers and Taylor led the way on the boards with six rebounds each while Staley added five.
The Beavers shot the ball well, hitting two and three-pointers at a .483 clip while Coe College shot just 39.7 percent.
Turnovers were also key for BVU. They turned the ball over 14 times but forced 23 Coe turnovers. Smaller BVU outrebounded Coe College, 44-32.
Coe College was 23 of 58 from two-point range but just two of ten from beyond the arc. The Beavers were 29 of 60 from two-point range and two of 13 from three-point distance.
Coe was led by forward Morgan Bailey, who finished with a team high 14 points and added nine rebounds. She was the only Coe player in double figures, but guard Melissa Eilert added nine points and Jamie Krall seven.
The Beavers take to the road for their next three games. They play in Dubuque at Loras College Tuesday night, at Simpson in Indianola Friday and at Central College in Pella Saturday.
Looking at comparative scores, the Beavers should be favored against Loras, which lost to Coe by ten points last week.
But Berry isn't taking anything for granted.
"We're ready for Loras, but we aren't expecting an easy game," she said. "It's always tough to win in the Iowa Conference on the road.
"And the Loras gym is an old field house with a balcony, a unique place to play and that will be a challenge for us."
Berry added that Loras has the potential to be a "dangerous team" with strong outside and inside games.
Loras is led by returning all-conference center Alicia Davis, who is 6-foot-4 and second to Meggers in Iowa Conference scoring with an average of 17.7 points per game.