The Buena Vista women's basketball team returns to Iowa Conference play to tip-off its first game of 2018 tonight when it travels to Nebraska Wesleyan for a 6:00 p.m. contest.
Who: Buena Vista (6-5, 1-1 IIAC) @ Nebraska Wesleyan (9-2, 0-2 IIAC)
When: Wednesday, January 3 * 6:00pm
Where: Snyder Arena * Lincoln, Neb.
Last Time Out: The Beavers won consecutive games for the first time this season and moved above the .500 mark with a thrilling 71-67 triumph at Cal Lutheran on December 29. Holly Schneider made four three-point buckets and finished with a season-high 19 points. Claudia Larsen followed with 18 points, eight rebounds and five assists. BVU was 5-of-13 from downtown and shot 48 percent from the field overall.
The Prairie Wolves picked up their fourth straight win by defeating Hardin-Simmons University, 78-71, on Monday. Addie Wetzel and Klaire Phillips each scored 16 points with Wetzel also hauling in 11 rebounds. NWU did alot of damage at the free-throw line by sinking 26-of-28 attempts for the game.
About Neb. Wesleyan: The Prairie Wolves currently lead the Iowa Conference in scoring for all games at over 83.0ppg. They've also been the top rebounding team at better than 48 boards per contest. They're looking to pick up their first league victory of the year after a pair of tough losses to begin the year. The team fell at home in the IIAC opener, 108-73 to Simpson before suffering a nine-point road loss at Central. Caitlin Navratil is second in the league in scoring through the first two conference outings, averaging 20.0ppg with Kate Schulte seventh at 13.0ppg. Navratil has shot better than 56 percent from the field in those game and is a combined 5-of-9 from long range.
Nebraska Wesleyan was picked to finished seventh in the league this season according to the preseason coaches poll. The team went 13-13 a season ago, including a 6-10 mark in conference play, and made the league tournament in its first season. Navratil was a Second Team All-IIAC selection after averaging 14.8ppg, 3.6rpg and 2.7apg
About BVU: The Beavers look to continue their solid play from their trip to the west coast over the holiday break. Senior Claudia Larsen had a monester two-days by averaging 21.0ppg, 12.5rpg and 6.5apg. She was named the Co-IIAC Performer of the Week for the first time in her career and is the first Beaver honored since January of 2014. Holly Schneider is coming off her best offensive game of the year where she made four three-point buckets and set a season-high with 19 points against Cal Lutheran. BVU shot better than 45 percent from the field in both games. Junior Morgan Muhlbauer now has 25 made three-point buckets this season which surpasses her career-high of 22 set last season.
BVU was picked sixth in the preseason coaches poll this year and is looking to win for the second straight time in Iowa Conference play after rolling to an 85-66 home victory over Coe College back on December 2. The team has been away from home for its last three games and is 3-2 in true road games this season.
A Look Ahead: The Beavers will be back inside of Siebens Fieldhouse for the first time in over a month when they host Central College this Saturday at 2:00 p.m. The Prairie Wolves will remain at home to host Luther College on Saturday at 2:00 p.m.