Junior Susan Kies went over 20 points for the second straight game, finishing with 23, including eight from the free-throw line. Fellow junior Malarie Gilley turned in a solid game, scoring 14 points and grabbing a career-best 14 rebounds for her second career double-double. Senior Brooke Wehle scored 11 points in the second half and finished with 13 overall, while also grabbing nine rebounds and dishing out five assists. Sophomore Becca Pennington chimed in with 10 points.
As a team, BVU out-rebounded the Flames, 56-38.
The Beavers trailed most of the first half before a late 11-4 spurt to close the half, gave them a slim 32-31 lead at the break. The Flames then came out of the locker room and scored the first nine points of the second half to go up 40-32 and force a BVU timeout.
BVU stayed closed until pulling even at 47-47 on a three-pointer from Pennington nearly seven minutes into the half. The game was back-and-forth most of the second half and was still tied at 64-64 with 6:34 to play.
Freshman Lexi Fisher hit a three-pointer to give BVU a 67-64 advantage before a pair of free-throws from Kies made it a five-point margin. The Flames got back within three, but Kies drilled a key three-pointer for a six-point lead with less than four minutes to go.
CSM hung around, getting as close as 78-75 with 1:21 remaining, but four straight free-throws from BVU closed things out in the end.
Theresa Elworth turned in a game-high 35 points to lead the Flames (8-4).
Buena Vista, now 6-3, matches its longest winning streak (5) since winning five straight late in the 2009-10 season. It will look to make it six in a row when it faces Cal Tech on Saturday afternoon at 4:00pm CT. The game is the first of two contests for the Beavers out in California, as part of its Christmas Break trip.