Senior Claudia Larsen scored a team-high 17 points to lead Buena Vista, but the Beavers couldn't overcome a tough shooting night from long range during an 85-47 Iowa Conference road loss at Coe College on Wednesday night.
Buena Vista held a slim 4-3 lead in the early going, but from there, the Kohawks went on a 16-0 run to take control. They closed the stretch with four straight three-point buckets and finished with 10 in the half to lead by 21 at the half (48-27). BVU got back as close as 10 at 35-25, but Coe used a 13-2 spurt to close the half.
The Beavers, who went just 1-of-18 from long range in the contest, were never able to make any run in the second half to get themselves back into the game. Coe, meanwhile, continued to pull away by going 13-of-20 overall from beyond the arc.
Larsen finished 5-of-10 from the field and 7-of-8 at the free-throw line and was the only Beaver to score in double figures. She also grabbed four rebounds and dished out four assists. Jasmine Demers, who came in averaging nearly 21.0ppg during league play for BVU, was held to just nine points on 3-of-13 shooting before fouling out in the fourth quarter. Jess Denholm grabbed a career-high six rebounds with Holly Schneider grabbing five.
Buena Vista shot just 31 percent from the field overall but did have one of its stronger games from the charity stripe, going 10-of-14 (71.4 percent).
Jenna Lehman, the IIAC's leading scorer, turned in 20 to lead the Kohawks (10-9, 7-3 IIAC), who won for the sixth straight game. Madeline Wilkins drilled a game-high six three-point buckets and tallied 18 points.
BVU falls to 9-10 overall (4-6 IIAC) and has dropped five of its last six games overall. The team goes after the season sweep of Central College on Saturday afternoon in Pella. Tip-off of that game is set for 2:00 p.m.