Despite a cold shooting night from the field, the Buena Vista University women’s basketball team hung around against No. 16th-ranked Simpson College (11-1 overall, 1-0 IIAC) on Jan 5, before falling 62-50. The game was the Iowa Conference opener for both teams played in Storm Lake.
Susan Kies of Fonda, Iowa, Newell-Fonda High School alum, led BVU with 15 points, including three of her team’s six three-point buckets, while also sinking all six of her free-throw attempts. She tied Courtney Stoelk (2005 to 2009 player) for fourth place on the program’s all-time list with 111 made three-point shots. Senior Tara Lehner of Le Mars, Le Mars Community alum, and sophomore Becca Pennington of Mt. Ayr, Iowa, each followed with nine points. Lehner also chipped in with 13 rebounds and four steals.
As a team, the Beavers were held to only 22 percent shooting from the field and made more free throws (18) than field goals (13). They did play some stingy defense of their own, however, holding Simpson to 36 percent shooting.
Simpson led 23-15 midway through the first half before Kies made two free throws and a three-point shot to get BVU back within three at 23-20 with just over eight minutes left in the opening half. Simpson led 30-24 at halftime.
The Storm began the second half on a 6-0 run to go up by 12 and led by as many as 15 with 12 minutes to play. BVU got back within 10 points just minutes later on another three-pointer by Kies, but the Storm went on another 6-0 run to build their largest lead of 16 with six minutes left and the Beavers were unable to string together enough shots to get any closer than 10 points the rest of the way.
Alex Lynott, a junior from Hawarden, scored one field goal for two points. She also had one rebound.
Buena Vista’s record dips to 7-5 overall, 0-1 IIAC games. Loras College, 10-2 overall, 0-1 IIAC, was up next, on Jan. 9.