The Buena Vista women’s basketball team rallied late to tie the game in the final 30 seconds, but it was Central scoring with six seconds left, and the Dutch held off a last chance possession for the Beavers as they hand BVU a 47-45 loss on Wednesday night inside P.H. Kuyper Gymnasium.
With the loss, BVU remains winless in American Rivers Conference play at 0-6 and fall to 5-10 overall. The Dutch have now won two of their last three conference games to improve to 2-3 and sit at 5-8 overall.
Central led by six at 45-39 with 1:35 to play before the Beavers ran off six straight points, including the game-tying layup from Destiny Einerwold with 25 seconds left. The Dutch then regained the lead on a layup from Jenna Clark with six seconds left. BVU came up empty on a chance to tie with under 10 seconds left, and still had a chance to tie at the end after Central misfired on a pair of free-throws, but again came up empty.
Einerwold led the way for BVU with 16 points on 6-of-18 shooting, while grabbing eight rebounds and recording five steals. Holly Schneider was right behind with 15 points, eight rebounds and four steals. Those two also combined to go 7-of-9 at the free-throw line as BVU went 14-of-19 overall.
Timothy Jefferies scored 22 points and dished out four assists, DJ McNeal added 15 points and three boards, but it was a late surge by Central College that gave the Dutch their largest lead of the game en route to a 77-73 American Rivers Conference victory on Wednesday night inside P.H. Kuyper Gymnasium.
Central broke open a 63-63 contest with just over six minutes to go by scoring seven straight points to grab a 70-63 lead. The Beavers didn’t back down and slowly chipped away at the deficit before a pair of free-throws from Jeffries with just over a minute to play brough the team back within 75-73. Central turned the ball over twice inside the final minute, but BVU was unable to capitilize either time. It was called for an offensive foul with 20 seconds left, and after getting the ball right back off a steal on the ensuing inbounds pass, the team had the ball poked away with six seconds left and was called for a foul. Central then hit the final two free-throws for the four-point margin.
The Beavers shot 46.8 percent from the field but were held to a season-low six three-point buckets (6-for-22).
Jaden Moody scored 24 points and hauled in 10 rebounds to lead Central (5-9, 2-3 A-R-C). Jamel McKnight followed with 18 points and five boards. The two combined to go 9-of-10 at the free-throw line, as the Dutch went 16-of-18 at the charity stripe in the contest.
Central scored first in the second half to go in front 33-32, but the Beavers then went on their biggest run of the game which put them in front 50-40 just five minutes later. The Dutch didn’t let things get out of hand and came right back with a 20-8 charge of their own. They led by four at 62-58 before Sittner hit a big three to tie things back up at 63-63.
Buena Vista drops to 8-7 overall (2-4 A-R-C). The Beaver basketball teams remain on the road Saturday when they take on the University of Dubuque starting at 2pm. Both games will be broadcast on 97.5FM KBVU.
(courtesy BVU sports information)