STORM LAKE - Freshman Lexi Fisher scored 15 points and grabbed five rebounds, while Becca Pennington and Lacey Vokt (pictured) followed with 11 and 10 points, respectively, but the Beavers couldn't overcome an early deficit as they fell at home to Wartburg College (11-5, 4-1 IIAC), 74-59, on Saturday afternoon.
Fisher and Pennington each made a pair of three-point buckets, accounting for four of the team's six makes in the contest. As a team, the Beavers shot just 27 percent from long range (6-of-22). Vokt was in double-figures for the second time this season, falling just two points shy of her career-high.
Senior Tara Lehner hauled in a team-leading eight rebounds, while Fisher and junior Malarie Gilley grabbed five apiece. BVU did force the Knights to turn the ball over 24 times, but were only able to turn them into 13 points. Meanwhile, Wartburg scored 18 points off of 17 BVU turnovers.
The Knights broke open a 7-7 game with an 18-2 run covering nearly seven minutes of the first half. They led by as many as 18 over the first 20 minutes and took a 35-19 lead into the break. BVU was able to stay within striking distance despite shooting just 22 percent in the half.
After seeing Wartburg score the first four points of the second half to go up 20 (39-19), the Beavers clawed their way back to within 14 after a three-pointer from Fisher with 14:32 left. Wartburg, however, answered right back with a 14-5 run of its own, including a couple of long range buckets, to build their largest lead of the night (60-37) midway through the half.
Wartburg still led by that same margin with under 8:00 on the clock before Fisher's second three of the game helped spark a 16-6 run over the next five minutes, but it proved to be too-little-too-late in the end, as the Knights, who made 10-of-22 from downtown, got a big one with just over two minutes left to go back up by 16.
Carly Jacobs led all scorers with 18 points to help lead Wartburg, which shot 47.9 percent from the field, including 45.5 percent from downtown, and 85.7 (18-of-21) at the free-throw line.
Buena Vista is now 7-9 overall (0-5 IIAC). The team is back on the road for back-to-back games, beginning with last night's contest at Central College (8-8, 1-4 IIAC). They head to Coe Wednesday.