Women's Hoops to Face Top Seed Wartburg in IIAC Semifinals on Thursday

Women's Hoops to Face Top Seed Wartburg in IIAC Semifinals on Thursday

The Buena Vista women's basketball team is back into the Iowa Conference Tournament semifinals, and this time around will travel to top-seed Wartburg on Thursday night for a chance to earn a spot into Saturday's championship game with a win over the 10th-ranked Knights.

Game Info
#4 Buena Vista (14-12) at #1 Wartburg (23-2)
Thursday, February 23, 2017 *Waverly, Iowa * 7:00pm
Live Video/stats links: https://www.bvuathletics.com

Last Time Out
Buena Vista got a career night from sophomore point guard Holly Schneider who turned in a career-high 21 points and grabbed a career-best eight rebounds.  Most of her damage came from downtown where she set a career-high with four makes.  Sidney Beckman added three more long range buckets to her total and followed with 14 points, while Jordan Tynes added 10 points and six rebounds as Jasmine Demers also chimed in with 10 points while matching her career-high in assists with seven.  BVU shot 45 percent from the field and made 9-of-24 from downtown.

Wartburg earned a first round bye in the tournament by virtue of capturing the regular season title.  It last played on Saturday when it hosted the Beavers in the regular season finale where it used a 10-of-19 effort from long range to hand BVU an 83-70 loss.  Kristie Sommer led the way with 21 points on seven three-point buckets. 

Scouting Wartburg
The Knights are a dangerous three-point shooting team and do alot of their offensive damage from downtown.  Their 216 makes are second-most in the IIAC, but they are shooting a league-best 37 percent from downtown.  Kristie Sommer made an IIAC-record 57 three-point makes during league play this season and shot better than 45 percent.  Katie Sommer ranked sixth in scoring at 15.2ppg with Kristie close behind in ninth (13.8ppg).  As a team, Wartburg led the league, scoring 77.9ppg while holding opponents to only 60.0ppg.

BVU Game Notes

  • Sidney Beckman enters the game needing only two three-point buckets to move into a tie with Lexi Fisher (216) for second on the program's all-time career three-point list.  Katie Maguire is the all-time leader at 238.
  • BVU is looking to advance into its first IIAC Tournament championship game since claiming its only tournament title back in 2004.
  • BVU is 2-1 all-time against Wartburg in IIAC Tournament play.  The last meeting between the two teams in the tournament resulted in a 91-85 (OT) BVU victory in 2006-07.  Thursday's game will be the first tournament game between the two teams played in Waverly.
  • The Beavers are 1-12 on the road all-time in IIAC Tournament play, compared to 11-1 on their home floor.
  • Tuesday night's victory for BVU was the 380th career victory for head coach Janet Berry.