The Buena Vista women's basketball team tips off its 2007-08 season this Saturday afternoon when it travels to Grinnell College for a matchup against the Pioneers.
The two teams meet up for the first time since the 1997-98 season when the Beavers cruised to a 100-64 victory inside of Siebens Fieldhouse.
Buena Vista, which opens its season on the road for the fourth straight year, will look to shut down a Grinnell offense which led all of Division III in made three-point shots a season ago (9.1).
The Pioneers have led the nation in that category two of the last three seasons overall.
The matchup will feature a pair of offensive standouts in BVU's Margo Muhlbauer and Grinnell's Hannah Wolfe.
Muhlbauer, a 5-foot-8 sophomore off-guard out of IKM Manilla, led both BVU and the Iowa Conference in points per game a season ago (15.6), while snatching 3.8 rebounds and recording 44 steals.
Wolfe (5-8, Sr., Guard, Omaha, Neb./Millard West) led the Pioneers, as well as the Midwest Conference, in scoring a year ago at 22.3 ppg, while finishing third in Division III. In addition, she led the MWC with 80 made three-point shots, while finishing third in Division III in made three-point shots per outing (3.5).
Depth will be key for BVU as it returns seven of its top 10 scorers from last season - all of whom averaged more than 12 minutes per contest.
The Pioneers, who have just two seniors and four upperclassmen on their squad, will rely on a number of freshmen and sophomores to step in and fill key roles.
Buena Vista head coach Janet Berry will kick off her 16th season at Buena Vista, a stretch in which she has compiled an overall mark of 248-146.
Grinnell head coach Andy Hamilton begins his sixth season guiding the Pioneers, and enters play with a career mark of 50-64.
Tip-off inside of Darby Gym is scheduled for 1:30 p.m.
Game Notes: BVU has lost its season opener each of the past two seasons ... Wolfe is third on Grinnell's all-time scoring list with 1,203 points ... The Beavers averaged 72.1 ppg a season ago, while the Pioneers averaged 63.4 ppg ... BVU was 8-3 in non-conference matchups last season.