MVC Women's Basketball Loses Tough Game to Baker in HAAC Semifinals

Posted March 8, 2014

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




Marshall, Mo. (March 8, 2014)- The Missouri Valley College women’s basketball team played in its first Heart of America Athletic Conference Postseason Tournament semifinal game since 2008 Saturday evening at No. 13 Baker University. The Vikings battled with the Wildcats, but MVC fell in the contest 69-60.


The Vikings got out to a quick start, scoring five of the game’s first seven points to lead 5-2 after the first two minutes, following a three-point play from Senior Froward Gabby Lovelace (Pleasant Hill, Mo.). After Baker pulled back to within one point at 5-4, the Vikings quickly extended its lead to 8-4 after a Junior Guard TaLaya Earls (Indianapolis, Ind.) three-point field goal. The Wildcats responded, and went on a 9-0 run over the next three minutes to pull ahead of MVC 13-8 with 14:30 to play in the first half. The Vikings responded with a run of their own over the next two minutes, outscoring Baker in an 8-0 spurt that put MVC back in front 16-13 following a Junior Guard Paris Johnson (Kansas City, Kan.) free throw. After briefly giving up the lead, the Vikings were able to get back in front, and slowly build up an advantage. The Vikings led by six points at 23-17 when Senior Guard Regine Mecenario (Delano, Calif.) hit a three-point field goal with just over nine minutes to play in the game. MVC maintained the lead through much of the final minutes of the first half, with Baker only able to tie the game three times late in the half. MVC eventually went into halftime with a 34-31 lead. MVC limited Baker to just 27-percent shooting in the first half.


The second half started with MVC getting a quick two points from Earls to put MVC ahead 36-31. MVC eventually led by a 38-33 score early after halftime, but Baker was able to tie the score at 40-40 at the 16-minute mark. Baker was able to briefly reclaim the lead early in the second half at 43-41, but MVC responded to go back in front 50-47 with 12:30 left to play when Senior Forward Gabi Morales (Bakersfield, Calif.) hit a two-point field goal. However, Baker scored six of the game’s next seven points to pull ahead 51-50 with just under 12-minutes remaining in the game. After Baker held a lead through the next five minutes, the Vikings moved ahead one final time in the game when Sophomore Guard Julia Vasquez (Earth, Texas) scored two of her five points with just under seven minutes to play to make it at 59-57 game.. However, the Vikings scored just one more point over the final six minutes, and Baker pulled away for the 69-60 victory.


Leading the way for MVC was Earls who finished with her fourth double-double of the season, scoring 12 point and grabbing 10 rebounds. Mecenario came off the bench to score 10 points, while Morales ended her MVC career with seven points and 10 rebounds. MVC limited Baker to just 33-percent shooting, while forcing the Wildcats into 18 turnovers. The Vikings also had 21 points off the bench and 14 points off turnovers.


The loss ends MVC’s season at 19-13. Baker moves to the tournament finals with a 25-5 record.



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