The Buena Vista women's basketball team returns home to Siebens Fieldhouse on Saturday for the first time since a season-opening loss to #16 Gustavus Adolphus back on November 15. The Beavers are looking to bounce back against visiting Coe College following a tough loss in their Iowa Conference opener on Wednesday at Simpson College.
Who: Coe (2-2, 1-0 IIAC) @ Buena Vista (3-4, 0-1 IIAC)
When: Saturday, December 2 * 2:00pm
Where: Siebens Fieldhouse * Storm Lake, Iowa
Radio: 97.5FM KBVU
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Live Stats: http://www.bvuathletics.com/sports/wbkb/2017-18/boxscores/20171202_sp25.xml
Last Time Out: The Beavers led most of the way on Wednesday during their Iowa Conference opener at Simpson, but it was the Storm scoring eight of the game's final nine points to defeat BVU, 57-48. Junior Morgan Muhlbauer matched a career-high with five made three-point buckets en route to a game-high 17 points. Claudia Larsen narrowly missed her third double-double after scoring nine points and hauling in 10 rebounds. BVU was hampered down the stretch by missed free-throws, as it went just 7-of-19 overall in the contest.
The Kohawks got their 2017-18 conference slate off on the right foot with a 64-54 home victory over Loras College. Jenna Lehman scored a game-high 18 points, grabbed eight rebounds and dished out three assists to lead the way. Jordan Holmes followed with 15 points, eight rebounds and five assists.
About Coe: The Kohawks are averaging a league-low 62.0ppg but have played strong defense all season and have held opponents to just a 62.3ppg average which is fourth-best in the league. The team is shooting 40.5 percent from the field and is leading the league in free-throw percentage at better than 80 percent. Defensively, opponents are shooting 38 percent from the field but have been held to only 22.6 percent from beyond the arc (leads IIAC). Holmes, along with Karlee Grabau, average 6.8rpg with Sydney Schroder leading the way with eight steals.
Coe was picked to finished fourth in the league this season according to the preseason coaches poll. The team went 12-14 a season ago, including a 7-9 mark in conference play, but does return a pair of All-IIAC selections, including three-time First Team selection, Aleena Hobbs, for first-year head coach Kayla Waskow.
About BVU: Muhlbauer is off to a torrid start to the year by scoring in double figures in all seven games, including a career-high 20 in the season opener against 16th-ranked Gustavus Adolphus. She takes the floor tonight ranked fourth in the IIAC in scoring (16.1ppg). Larsen is nearly averaging a double-double with 13.3ppg and 8.9rpg. She's also the IIAC leader with 25 blocked shots. Those two, along with Jasmine Demers (13.2ppg), are ranked in the top-10 in scoring in the IIAC. Muhlbauer is also second in three-point percentage (.563) as Demers is eighth in assists per game and Larsen fourth in rebounding.
BVU was picked sixth in the preseason coaches poll this year and has won five of its last six home games against conference foes, including the IIAC Tournament. The team is averaging 74.0ppg during that stretch and has reached 80 points in three of the six.
A Look Ahead: The Beavers will step out of conference play on Wednesday night, December 6, to play at Grand View University at 7:00 p.m. That will be the team's final game until the end of the month when it heads out to California to play La Verne on December 28 and Cal Lutheran on December 29. Coe, meanwhile, will continue its conference schedule by traveling to Luther on Wednesday before stepping out of league play and hosting UW-Whitewater next Saturday.