Beavers lose overtime thriller to Kohawks
CEDAR RAPIDS -- Senior Brooke Wehle turned in a team-high 15 points with junior Susan Kies and Malarie Gilley right behind with 14 and 10, respectively, but it was a late three-pointer by the Kohawks that forced overtime, and they held off BVU at the free-throw line in the extra period to top the Beavers, 68-66.
Sophomore Becca Pennington sank a pair of free-throws with 26 seconds left to give the Beavers a 60-57 lead. Coe was holding for a final shot and nailed a three-pointer in front of their own bench with four seconds left to tie things up at 60-60. BVU's last-second desperation shot was off target, sending the game into overtime.
The two teams were all-square at 62-62 with 2:59 left in the extra period before the Kohawks took the lead for good on a jumper with 37 seconds left. After a missed jumper from the Beavers, Coe then hit free-throws to extend the margin to four, and BVU was unable to get any closer than two.
The Beavers came out strong to start the second half, building an 11-point lead at 46-35 with nearly nine minutes gone by. Coe, however, came back with three straight three-point buckets to help claw their way back and the game was back-and-forth until the end.
Coe led by as many as seven in the first half before taking a 30-28 lead into the half.
Wehle, Kies and Gilley combined to shoot 17-of-26 from the field, combining for more than half the field goals for BVU, which shot 42 percent for the game. Pennington, along with seniors Tara Lehner and Heather Hansman, finished with eight points with Hansman also hauling in a career-high 10 rebounds.
Pennington also dished out a career-high six assists with Wehle adding five.
Kayla Waskow and Mary Halvorson turned in 12 points apiece to lead three Kohawks (11-7, 4-3 IIAC) in double-figures.
Buena Vista is now 7-11 overall, 0-7 IIAC and will begin the second half of the league schedule on Saturday evening with a 5:00pm home contest against Central College. It will also be Community Appreciation Night inside of Siebens Fieldhouse.