MVC Basketball Splits Doubleheader at Culver-Stockton

Posted January 16, 2014

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Andy Pulverenti, sports information director, (660) 831-4230,




Marshall, Mo. (January 16, 2014)- The Missouri Valley College men’s and women’s basketball teams went on the road Thursday for a Heart of America Athletic Conference doubleheader with Culver-Stockton College. The women’s team came-from-behind to pull off a 64-63 win, while the men’s team fell to No. 13 Culver-Stockton 96-81.


The Viking women’s basketball team found themselves in an early 8-2 deficit before going on a run to grab its first lead of the game. MVC went on a 7-0 run to take a 9-8 lead with Sophomore Guard Julia Vasquez (Earth, Texas) scoring three of her six points. Culver responded to the Viking run, retook the lead and gradually built on its advantage, putting MVC into a 21-13 deficit with 12-minutes to play in the first half. Culver maintained the lead through the remainder of the first half, and reached its first double-digit lead with just under two minutes to play before halftime at 34-24. Eventually Culver went into the halftime break with a 37-26. MVC scored 13 second chance points, and scored 10 points in the paint in the first half.


Both teams struggled to get their offense going to start the second half, as the first points weren’t scored until over two minutes into the second half when Culver extended its lead to 13 points at 39-26. Culver maintained at least an eight point lead through much of the second half, until leading by a 45-35 with 12-minutes to play in the game. The Vikings put together a run to shrink the Culver lead. MVC went on a 9-0 run that put the Vikings down by just one point at 47-46 when Sophomore Guard Rayna Smith (St. Louis, Mo.) hit two free throws with just eight minutes to play in the game. Culver responded with an 8-0 lead of its own to lead 55-46 with just under five minutes to play. Over the next four minutes, the Vikings slowly chipped away at the Culver lead, and tied the game at 61-61 after Junior Guard DeVaughna Jenkins (Fresno, Calif.) scored two of her six points with 32-seconds to play. Culver took on 63-63 lead with just over 20-seconds to play, but Senior Forward Gabi Morales (Bakersfield, Calif.) was able to give MVC the winning points on the next possession. Morales converted on a three point play, and the Vikings took a 64-63 lead with 18-seconds to play. Culver missed a three-point attempt to win the game with three seconds to play, and MVC held on for a 64-63 comeback victory.


Leading the way for MVC was Morales who recorded her seventh double-double with 26 points and 13 rebounds along with six steals and three blocks. Morales was the only Viking in double-figures, but Junior TaLaya Earls (Indianapolis, Ind.) had 10 rebounds and six points. MVC forced 28 Culver turnovers, and limited Culver to just 23-percent shooting in the second half. MVC also won the rebounding battle with a 47-38 margin.


The win moves MVC to 11-7 on the season and improves its conference record to 3-3. Culver drops to 3-11 overall and 0-6 in the HAAC.


The men’s team jumped out to a quick start against Culver, scoring the game’s first two points thanks to a layup by Sophomore Raviel Burton (St. Johns, Antigua), and eventually building up a 7-2 lead just minutes into the game after a three-point field goal by Senior Jim Thomas (St. Louis, Mo.). Culver responded with an 8-2 run to grab a 10-9 lead with just over 15-minutes remaining in the half. The Vikings fought back, and retook the lead just moments later, eventually taking a 17-12 lead after a field goal by Junior James Lane (Cape Girardeau, Mo.). The Vikings held the lead through much of the first half, until Culver tied the score at 27-27 with just under eight minutes before halftime. After tying the game, Culver went on a 12-5 run and held its largest lead at 39-32 with five minutes left in the first half. The two teams traded baskets through the remainder of the second half, but Culver was able to grab a slim 47-45 lead at halftime. MVC got 11 points off the bench in the first half, and scored seven points off turnovers.


MVC kept the pressure on Culver in the early stages of the second half, and was able to get to within one point at 54-53 with a layup by Burton with 16-minutes to play. However, Culver responded and went on a 22-3 run over the next eight minutes to take a 76-56 lead. The Vikings got as close at 14 points at 87-73 with three minutes to play, but Culver was able to hold off a late Viking rally to defeat MVC 96-81


Leading MVC was Thomas who scored 18 points with five assists. Also in double-figures were Junior Brad Hamilton (Pittsfield, Ill.) with 15 points, Junior Andre Scott (San Antonio, Texas) with 13 points and Burton scored 12 points. MVC shot nearly 47-percent in the game, and 50-percent on three-point attempts. MVC also forced 14 Culver turnovers.


The loss drops MVC to 10-7 overall and 3-3 in HAAC play. Culver improves to 13-3 overall and 4-2 in conference play.


MVC will next play in a HAAC doubleheader on the road at Benedictine College Saturday afternoon. Women’s game time is 2:00 p.m., men’s game time is scheduled for 4:00 p.m. Benedictine’s men’s and women’s teams are ranked in the NAIA Division I Basketball Top 25 Polls.



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