GALESBURG, Ill. - Four players scored in double figures for Buena Vista on Sunday afternoon as the Beavers used a torrid rally, capped by a Cassy Miller game-tying three-pointer with 0:02 left in regulation to force overtime, and the Beavers went on to defeat Knox College, 76-65, on the final day of the Thanksgiving Classic.
The Beavers trailed by nine points with just over two minutes to play in the fourth quarter before Schenider hit a big three to help spark a key 7-0 run to get the team within 55-53 with under a minute to play. Knox then got a key offensive rebound with 22 seconds left but then turned the ball back over to BVU. Muhlbauer couldn't get her game-tying jumper to fall, and the rebound was pulled in by the Prairie Fire. After a foul with four seconds left by Muhlbauer sent Knox to the free-throw line with a chance to push the margin to four, the Prairie Fire missed the front end and had to settle for a three-point lead.
After a 30-second timeout by the Beavers, Cassy Miller stepped up with just two seconds left and nailed a game-tying three-pointer to send the game into overtime tied at 56-56.
Muhlbauer scored the game's first points in the extra period with a minute-and-a-half gone by before Hannah Appleseth followed with a three-pointer to push the BVU lead to 61-56. Schneider added to the lead with a three-pointer of her own to make it a seven-point lead with 2:04 left.
Knox got a pair of free-throws to get back within six before Schneider nailed another three, and it was all BVU from there. The Beavers led by as many as 13 in the extra period as they even their season record at 3-3.
Schneider, who came off the bench, finished one rebound shy of a second straight double-double, as she ended the game with a team-leading 15 points and nine boards. Destiny Einerwold also came off the bench and made a career-high eight free-throws to post a career-high 12 points. Morgan Muhlbauer, who posted her third career 20-point game on Saturday, followed up that strong performance with 14 points and five rebounds against the Priaire Fire, to go along with three assists and three steals.
Jennifer Schneider, who was making her second career start, chimed in with 10 points, three rebounds and a pair of assists over 22 minutes.
Buena Vista shot 37.5 percent from the field and made a season-high seven three-point buckets while also going 21-of-27 at the charity stripe. The Beaver defense came up big throughout the game, holding Knox (3-2) to only 30.9 percent from the floor and just 4-of-19 from beyond the arc. Knox did most of its damage at the free-throw line, going 27-of-33.
Buena Vista is set to make its home and American Rivers Conference opener when it hosts Coe College on Wednesday, November 28. Tip-off inside of Siebens Fieldhouse is scheduled for 6:00 p.m.