Holly Schneider led three Beavers in double figures with 18 points on Monday night, as the Buena Vista women's basketball team held off a scrappy Nebraska Christian team inside of Siebens Fieldhouse for a 67-54 non-conference victory.
The game was tied at 8-8 with under 4:00 left in the first quarter before the Beavers used a key 11-0 spurt over the next three minutes and took a 19-10 lead into the second. BVU closed the second quarter strong and built its largest lead of the game at 37-22 at the half.
Nebraska Christian just would not go away and eventually cut its deficit to single digits at 42-33 with three minutes left in the third quarter. The Sentinels outscored BVU in the period, 16-13, but still trailed by 12 heading to the fourth.
Despite not being able to pull away, the Beavers were able to maintain the double-digit lead throughout the majority of the final period while matching its largest lead of the game late en route to their first home victory of the year.
Schnedier finished 7-of-17 from the field and was 2-of-6 from downtown. She also chipped in with seven rebounds, five assists and three steals. Destiny Einerwold scored in double figures for the third straight game while posting a career-high of 13 points on 5-of-9 shooting. She also matched a career-best with six boards. Senior Morgan Muhlbauer registered her second double-double of the year, tallying 11 points off the bench and matching a career-high with 13 rebounds.
BVU shot just 32.8 percent from the field, including 6-of-27 from downtown, and also struggled a bit from the charity stripe by making 17-of-30.
The team was strong on the defensive end, out-rebounding the Sentinels, 51-40, and also forced 28 turnovers.
Jazmyne Santiel led Nebraska Christian (3-10) with 17 points and eight rebounds.
Buena Vista evens its season record at 4-4 overall and will now step back into American Rivers Conference play on Wednesday night at Simpson College for a 6:00 p.m. tip-off.