Both West Sioux alumni contributed as Buena Vista University’s women’s basketball team faced Iowa Wesleyan and lost a close 86-81 non-conference contest Jan. 4.
Senior Alex Lynott contributed five points and two rebounds. Freshman Jade Lynn Vlotho had six rebounds and two points and started for the Beavers. Lynott is from Hawarden; Vlotho is from Ireton.
Buena Vista overcame an 18-point second half deficit, but Iowa Wesleyan held on in the end at BVU’s Siebens Fieldhouse.
BVU led 13-7 with just four minutes gone by on a three-pointer from Lexi Fisher. The Iowa Wesleyan found the stroke from three-point range as they connected on 10-of-15 from beyond the arc over the first 20 minutes and built a 15-point lead before the Beavers cut it to 49-39 at halftime.
The Tigers weren’t able to keep that hot touch going in the second half, making just 2-of-12 three-point tries. BVU, despite shooting just 38.5 percent from the field overall, was able to chip away at the lead, using a key 15-1 mark to get back within 58-54 at the 12:23 mark.
A three-pointer by Lynott got BVU as close as 60-59 minutes later and the game was back-and-forth the rest of the way. The Beavers tied it up at 72-72 on a three-pointer from Susan Kies with 3:30 left before taking their first lead since the early minutes when Kies sank a pair of free throws for a 74-72 advantage with just over two minutes left.
The Tigers responded with a pair of free throws before later getting a jumper to regain the 76-74 lead with just 1:14 left. Iowa Wesleyan went to build a six-point advantage with under 40 seconds left but the Beavers used a 7-2 run to get within 82-81 with just 13 seconds left.
Iowa Wesleyan, who improved to a 7-2 record, was able to sink its free-throw attempts down the stretch. Fisher tried to tie it with a shot from the corner but it just missed and two late free throws secured the win for the visitors.
Kies led all scorers with 25 points and is now just eight points shy of reaching 1,000 for her career. She finished the game shooting 5-of-14 from three-point range and 9-of-21 overall. She also grabbed six rebounds.
Also for BVU, Shelby Wiederhoeft had 16 points and six rebounds; Malarie Gilley had her second straight double-double with 15 points and 13 rebounds and had five blocked shots. Fisher had 14 points, to go along with seven rebounds and four assists.
Buena Vista was 6-5 record for the non-conference portion of its season. Iowa Conference play began at Coe College, 5-5 record, on Jan. 8. BVU is at Simpson at 6 p.m., Jan. 15; at Dubuque at 2 p.m. Jan. 18 and hosts Wartburg at 6 p.m., Jan. 22.