Viking Basketball Teams Fall at Home to William Penn

Posted February 13, 2017

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Marshall, Mo. (February 13, 2017)- The Missouri Valley College men’s and women’s basketball teams hosted William Penn (Iowa) University in a doubleheader Monday evening at the Burns Athletic Complex.  The Viking women’s team fell to WPU, 82-50, while the men’s team fell to the No. 2 Statesmen, 100-82.


The first quarter began with an early two-point shot from Senior Forward Ashley Ward (Springdale, Ark.) to give Missouri Valley the lead. William Penn quickly leveled the game up but MVC took the lead again with a two-pointer from Junior Forward Deidra McCoy (Hot Springs, Ark.). The teams traded points until the Vikings were able to take an eight-point lead, getting a two-point shot from Junior Forward Veronika Petkova (Montana, Bulgaria) followed by another field goal from Ward. Petkova made another field goal in the closing minutes, but William Penn was able to close the quarter with a three-point shot. The Vikings led at the end of the first period, 16-9.


William Penn came out fast in the second quarter, and within the first three minutes, shortened the Viking lead to just two points. Ward converted a three-point play after she was fouled making a two-point shot, but the Statesmen replied straight away with a field goal. The teams traded points over the next three minutes, with the game being tied three times before William Penn hit a two-point shot with a minute remaining in the quarter to take the lead, 23-22. William Penn then finished the half with a three-pointer to grab a five point lead, as MVC trailed 30-25 at the break.


The third quarter started with William Penn making a three-point shot within the first 20 seconds, but Missouri Valley replied through McCoy who made a two-pointer and then hit another attempt 20-seconds later. The Statesmen scored five-straight points before the Vikings got back-to-back three-pointers from Petkova and Sophomore Forward Haley Meyer (Troy, Mo).  The Statesmen went on a scoring spree over the remaining five minutes in the quarter, and ended it with a 20-point lead, at 58-38. William Penn carried on the scoring run in the fourth quarter, extending its lead to 31 points in the first 5 minutes of the fourth. Missouri Valley got points from McCoy and a three-point shot from Freshman Guard Sierra Adams (Peoria, Ariz.), but were unable to shorten the deficit as the Vikings lost the game, 82-50.


Leading the way for Missouri Valley was McCoy who finished with a 15 points, and four rebounds. Ward added 10 points and seven rebounds. MVC forced WPU into 16 turnovers, and had a field goal percentage of .353.

The loss drops Missouri Valley to 11-15 overall and 7-15 in the Heart, while William Penn moves to 15-11 on the season and 13-9 in conference play.


William Penn scored the first points of the men’s game, hitting a three-pointer just seconds into the contest, but MVC answered back.  Sophomore Bobby Collins (St. Louis, Mo.) sank a field goal and Senior Brody Gronewold (Carthage, Ill.) added a three-point play to tie the game at 5-5 with just over one minute played.  William Penn responded with a 7-0 run over the next minute, and after Collins hit another field goal, WPU added a three-pointer to open a 15-7 lead near the 17-minute mark.  The Vikings chipped away at the deficit, getting to within a 17-14 score after a Junior Kyle Hickey (Ft. Worth, Texas) three-pointer with just under 14-minutes to play in the half.  Freshman Tavious Brazil (Boonville, Mo.) hit a free throw nearly three minutes later to get MVC back to a 19-18 deficit.  Again, William Penn added to its lead, going up by a 27-20 score, just past the midway point of the half.  Missouri Valley answered with four-straight points, getting a field goal from Gronewold and a free throw each from Junior Remy Price (Chicago, Ill.) and Junior Darryl Lemear (Manor Texas).  The two teams traded points over the next several minutes, but a pair of Gronewold free throws got MVC to within a 31-29 deficit with just over five minutes remaining before halftime.  The Statesmen answered with another run, outscoring Missouri Valley by a 10-1 margin over the next two minutes, opening up its largest lead of the half, at 41-30.  The Vikings got back to a 41-34 score, after a field goal from Junior Chism Obineke (Rowlett, Texas) with two minutes to play, but William Penn went into the break holding a 45-36 advantage.  The Vikings forced WPU into 11 turnovers, but Missouri Valley shot just 33-percent from the field.


The second half opened with William Penn scoring the first five points, to hold a 50-36 lead with just over one minute played.  Missouri Valley trailed by a 54-40 score two minutes later, but the Vikings put together a run.  Gronewold had five points and Junior Tim Washington (Bellwood, Ill.) capped the 12-2 run with a three-pointer, as MVC got to within a 56-52 score with just over 13-minutes to play in the game.  William Penn stopped Missouri Valley from trimming its lead, and gradually built up a 71-59 advantage at the midway point of the half.  The Vikings got to within single-digits, at 71-62, after a Collins three point field goal moments later, but that’s as close at Missouri Valley could get throughout the rest of the game.  The Statesmen held a double-digit lead in the closing minutes, building up a 20-point advantage for the first time, at 94-74, with three-minutes to play.  The Vikings were unable to make a comeback, and fell to William Penn, 100-82.


Leading the way for Missouri Valley was Gronewold, who finished with 20 points, four rebounds and four assists.  Obineke scored 14 points and grabbed six rebounds, while Collins added 13 points and seven rebounds.  Missouri Valley shot nearly 42-percent in the second half, and forced WPU into 17 turnovers.


The loss drops Missouri Valley to 12-13 overall and 10-12 in the Heart.  William Penn leads the Heart with a 19-3 conference record, and a 23-3 overall record.


Up next for the Viking basketball teams is a home doubleheader Wednesday against Avila (Mo.) University for Court Warming.  The women’s game starts at 5:30 p.m., followed by the men’s game at 7:30 p.m.  Back on Jan. 9, the Viking men’s team earned an 85-78 win at Avila, while the women’s team lost to the Eagles, 70-57.



About Missouri Valley College

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