Stoelk's three lifts BVU to win over Luther
enior Courtney Stoelk buried a three-pointer with 2.2 seconds left in regulation to send the Buena Vista women's basketball team to a thrilling 69-66 road victory over Luther College (10-14, 9-7 IIAC).
DECORAH - Senior Courtney Stoelk buried a three-pointer with 2.2 seconds left in regulation to send the Buena Vista women's basketball team to a thrilling 69-66 road victory over Luther College (10-14, 9-7 IIAC). The win gives BVU a No. 4 seed into next week's Iowa Conference Tournament.
Luther tied the game at 66-66 on a basket with 17 seconds left, and after getting the ball across half court, BVU called a time out with 10 seconds on the clock. Coming out of the timeout, Stoelk inbounded the ball, as Aubrey Hauswirth drove down to the free-throw line and kicked it back out to a wide open Stoelk on the right side, as she connected on her third three-pointer of the game.
Luther had one more shot, but following a pair of timeouts, was off on its desperation attempt, and the Beavers hung on for their 10th conference win of the year.
Junior Margo Muhlbauer led the way for Buena Vista with 19 points, while senior Katie Ebel added 10. Defensively, senior Jenn Schumann grabbed a team-leading six rebounds, as Ebel chipped in with five.
After connecting on only 33 percent of their shots throughout the first half, and trailing by five at the break, the Beavers responded well in the second by draining 17-of-28 shots from the field, including 4-of-5 five from downtown.
Meanwhile, it was nearly the opposite scenario for the Norse, as they connected on 52 percent of their field goal attempts over the first 20 minutes, before BVU stiffened up its defense even more in the second, holding Luther to only 38.5 percent.
BVU used an 6-2 run to begin the second half to take its first lead since it lead 3-2 at the start. The game was then back-and-forth with neither team leading by more than five until BVU built its largest lead of the game (7) with just more than three minutes left. The Norse, however, weren't about to back down as they got a long three to cut the Beaver lead down to four before eventually going in front 64-63 with 38 seconds left.
Muhlbauer put BVU back in front with a bucket and a free-throw before Luther's bucket tied it at 66-66, leading up to the end-game drama.
The win moves Buena Vista to 17-8 overall (10-6 IIAC) and the team will now host a first round Iowa Conference Tournament game against these same Norse on Tuesday night, February 24, with tip-off at 7:00 p.m. The winner of the contest will then go to Indianola on Thursday night to square-off with top-seed Simpson College at 7:00 p.m.