Poor shooting dooms Beavers in upset loss
Now, all the BVU women can do is wait until Sunday.
That's when six at-large berths to the NCAA Division III national tournament will be announced.
The Beavers were forced into hoping for an at-large berth courtesy of a 74-62 upset loss at the hands of Wartburg Friday night in an Iowa Conference Tournament semifinal game.
The Knights, with 6-foot-4 center Amanda Berner in the middle, scored the game's first 21 points before BVU made a mark in the scorebook.
Saddled with a tough shooting night, particularly from three-point range, that early deficit was just too much to overcome.
Berner scored a game-high 24 points and added 13 rebounds, and the Knights were able to hold off several furious BVU comeback bids.
BVU trimmed the lead to single digits on several occasions in the first half, but Berner and Wartburg always had an answer. The Knights led 38-22 at the half.
BVU outscored Wartburg 40-36 in the second half, getting to within six points with less than a minute left. The Knights won the game down the stretch at the free throw line.
BVU was just 7 of 26 from the field in the first half and 13 of 32 in the second.
The Knights had an advantage at the free throw line, hitting 26 of 32 free throws to 18 of 25 for the Beavers.
BVU junior point guard Katie Maguire scored a team-high 22 points while senior center Kristina Kapler added 15.
Forced to play catch up, BVU hurried its offense and committed 20 turnovers.
With the loss, the BVU women dropped just its second game of the season against 25 wins.
Wartburg improved to 16-10 and will meet Simpson tonight for the Iowa Conference Tourney title and an automatic natoinal tourney berth.