The Buena Vista University men's and women's basketball teams lead the Iowa Conference in a number of statistical categories.
In addition, several members of the BVU men's and women's teams lead categories or are among the leaders.
On the men's side, BVU is first in scoring defense, giving up an average of 65 points per game. Wartburg is second, giving up an average of 66. The Beavers are second in scoring offense, scoring an average of 76.7 points per game. Loras College is the leading scoring IIAC team, averaging 77 points per game.
The BVU men are leading in scoring margin, outscoring opponents by an average of 11.7 points per game. Wartburg is second (9.9) and Loras third (7).
The Beavers are first in field goal percentage defense, allowing teams to shoot just 38.4 percent from the field per game. They are fourth in field goal percentage on offense, hitting an average of 46.9 percent of their shots. Wartburg is first in that category (48.7).
BVU is also first in three-point field goal percentage defense, allowing opponents to hit three-pointers at a 32 percent clip. On offense, the Beavers are hitting 35.6 percent of their three-point shots, fourth in the Iowa Conference.
The Beaver men also lead the conference in rebounding offense, pulling down an average of 40.2 rebounds per game. They are fourth in rebounding defense, giving up an average of 33.7 rebounds per game.
BVU is sixth in turnover margin (-.62) and first in defensive rebounds (28.71).
Individually for the BVU men, senior point guard Eric Wiebers is sixth in conference scoring, averaging 15.6 points per game. Dubuque's Nick Thomas leads the IIAC in scoring (25.5 ppg) while Loras' Jeff Ludovissy is second (17.9 ppg),
BVU post player Randy Bissen is 11th in scoring (13.1 ppg.) while Michael Cameron is tied for 14th with 12 points per game.
Bissen is second in the conference in rebounding, grabbing 8.5 rebounds per game. Simpson's Jason Soppe leads the IIAC in that category (10.9 per game).
BVU guard Matt Wittry is third in assists (3.52 pg) while Wiebers is fourth (3.33). Wiebers and Cameron are tied for third in the conference in steals, both averaging 1.62 per game.
The BVU women, meanwhile, are first in scoring offense, averaging 81.6 points per game. Simpson College is second (76.1 ppg.). BVU is fourth in scoring defense, allowing an average of 62.1 points per game. They are first in scoring margin, outscoring opponents by an average of 19.2 points per game. Simpson is second (18.5).
BVU is first in team free throw percentage (73.6) and first in field goal percentage, making 45.5 percent of their shots. The Beavers are also first in three-point field goal percentage, making an average of 37.5 percent of their three-point attempts.
The BVU women are fourth in rebounding (39.2 rpg) and second in rebounding defense (34.7 rpg). They are third in rebounding margin, outrebounding opponents by an average of 4.6 rebounds. They are first in assists (20 per game) and first in turnover margin (plus 6.19 per game). BVU is also first in assist to turnover ratio (1.17 per game).
Individually, the BVU women hold the top two spots in conference scoring. Junior point guard Katie Maguire leads the IIAC, averaging 17.1 ppg while teammate Kristina Kapler is second (15.1 ppg).
BVU senior Kelli Staley is tenth in scoring (10.2 ppg) and Jess Griggs is tied for 17th (9.0 ppg.).
Kapler is fourth in the IIAC in rebounding, averaging 7.2 boards per game. Wartburg's Amanda Berner is tops in the league, averaging 10 rebounds per game.