Lady Vikings Fall Short Against Southwest Minnesota State
MARSHALL, MO -- The Missouri Valley Lady Vikings basketball team wrapped up play at the Winstead-Reeves Classic at Northwest Missouri State University in Maryville, Missouri on Saturday afternoon, falling to NCAA Division II Southwest Minnesota State University 59-56.
The Lady Vikings gave Southwest Minnesota all they could handle for 40- minutes. MVC fell behind by as many as 11-points midway through the first half, but used a 21-7 run to finish the first half with the lead at 29-26. Southwest Minnesota took the lead back early in the second half, but the Lady Vikings kept things close never falling too far behind. The Lady Vikings found themselves down by just three points, 59-56, after Junior Guard Alexis Sweet hit a jumper with 10-seconds left. MVC would foul, but Southwest Minnesota's Bree Holleman missed both free throw attempts, giving the Lady Vikings one last chance to tie the game. With only seconds left, Sweet got a three-point shot off, but could not connect on the attempt, ending the game 59-56.
Leading the way for MVC scoring wise was Senior Guard Sami Jackson with 16 points and four rebounds. Sweet finished with 15 points and seven rebounds and Senior Forward Gabi Morales had seven points and 12 rebounds. The Lady Vikings clamped down on Southwest Minnesota at times, forcing 25 turnovers in the game, and were able to grab 12 offensive rebounds.
The loss drops MVC to 2-4 on the season. Up next for the Lady Vikings is a home game with Missouri Baptist University Tuesday at 7:30 p.m. at the Burns Athletic Complex.