Forest City - Margo Muhlbauer shot 9-of-15 from the field and turned in a season-high 25 points to help lead the Buena Vista women's basketball team to an 82-76 road victory against Waldorf College (5-10) on Tuesday afternoon.
Junior Aubrey Hauswirth turned in her first double-double of the year, scoring 18 points, on 5-of-5 shooting from the field and 7-of-8 at the free-throw line, to go along with 10 rebounds. Senior Jenn Schumann turned in 14 points to go along with five rebounds, three steals, and two blocked shots. As a team, BVU shot 56.5 percent from the field, including 58.3 percent in the second half alone. It made just 4-of-11 three-point attempts, but did sink 26-of-35 shots from the free-throw line.
Despite shooting nearly 55 percent in the first half and holding the Warriors to only 37 percent, the Beavers couldn't pull away. The two teams see-sawed back-and-forth during a half in which there were six ties and 11 lead changes. Waldorf forced 17 BVU turnovers in the half and scored 15 of their 30 first half points off of those turnovers. A basket by Muhlbauer with just under one minute to play gave the Beavers a slim 31-30 halftime lead.
After Waldorf regained a 34-33 lead early in the second half, the Beavers got back-to-back three-pointers from Katie Ebel and Hauswirth to give the team their biggest lead of the game to that point, 42-38. A basket by Schumann pushed the lead up to six with 14 minutes to play before a free-throw from Brittany Gunn extended it to 10 at the 11:17 mark.
Waldorf later climbed back to within four (58-54) with just more than 8:30 to play in regulation. From there, however, BVU used a 17-11 run, capped off by a pair of Hauswirth free-throws, to extend the lead back up to 10 with 3:26 remaining.
The Warriors tried to fight back, as a pair of free-throws from Rachel Hannam got them back to within three (79-76) with only 46 seconds on the clock. BVU would then go on to sink 3-of-4 of its free-throw attempts, and Waldorf misfired on three straight three-point attempts, giving the Beavers the six-point victory.
Sarah Swanson scored 20 points, on 8-of-13 shooting, to lead three players in double-figures for the Warriors.
Buena Vista improves to 8-3 overall and will not return to action until January 7 when the team travels to Mt. Vernon, Iowa, to take on Cornell College. Tip-off between the Beavers and Rams is scheduled for 6:00 p.m.