STORM LAKE - Jenn Schumann and Margo Muhlbauer scored 22 points apiece to lead the way for the Buena Vista women's basketball team on Saturday afternoon, as the Beavers evened their Iowa Conference record with a strong 84-66 victory over Coe College (3-4, 0-2 IIAC).
Schumann and Muhlbauer combined to shoot 16-of-25 from the floor, while Muhlbauer also went a perfect 10-of-10 at the charity stripe. Katie Ebel followed with 14 points, to go along with three steals. Melissa Sporrer came off the bench to grab six rebounds, defensively.
BVU, which led wire-to-wire in the contest, got a bucket from Muhlbauer to cap a 16-7 run to start the game. After the Kohwaks cut the lead down to two (20-18) with 6:46 left in the first half, Jen Allen buried a three which sparked a 16-6 run, putting Buena Vista in front 36-24 at the break.
Schumann buried one of her two three-pointers in the game to put the Beavers up 13 just more than a minute into the second half. Coe, however, clawed back into the game with a 9-2 run, but another lay-up from Schumann bumped the lead back up to 10 with 15:10 left in the contest.
After Coe pulled back to within eight a 51-43, Buena Vista then went on a 25-10 run to go up 76-53 with 5:16 left to play. From there, the Kohawks got no closer than 18.
Buena Vista forced 26 turnovers in the contest, while committing only 17. Coe did hold the rebounding edge (36-30). The Beavers finished the contest shooting 50 percent from the field, to go along with a 21-25 performance at the free-throw line.
Coe, which shot just 1-of-7 beyond the arc, finished the contest at 44.1 percent overall. Brittany Norris turned in 16 points to lead the way, while Kayla Waskow added 10.
The Beavers, who improve to 5-3 overall (1-1 IIAC), have next week off for finals and will return to the court on Saturday, December 13 for a JV/V double-header at Nebraska Wesleyan. Tip-off for the junior varsity contest is set for 1:00 p.m.