LAS VEGAS, Nev. - Buena Vista held an early seven-point lead against No. 18 Gettysburg in the first game of the D3hoops.com Classic on Friday, but the Bullets used a 20-8 charge in the second quarter to seize control for good en route to a 78-60 victory over the Beavers.
Sophomore Cassy Miller drilled a three-pointer midway through the opening frame that put BVU in front, 16-9, and give the Beavers their largest lead of the contest. The Bullets responded back with a long range bucket of their own to help spark a 7-2 run to close the quarter and get them within 18-16.
That surge continued into the second quarter where the Bullets outscored BVU, 20-8, and took a comfortable 36-26 lead into halftime. BVU went scoreless over the first five minutes of the second quarter, missing their first six shot attempts, until Jennifer Schneider connected on one of her two three-point shots in the game to keep the Beavers within striking distance at 26-21.
The Bullets led by as many as 14 in the third quarter before BVU pulled back within 49-39 at the quarter break.
BVU got as close as seven in the final frame after a made layup from Erin Gerke with 6:44 to play made it a 58-51 contest. The Bullets, however, came right back with a big three-point basket that helped spark a 20-9 run over the final six minutes, as the Beavers couldn't get any closer than 12.
Destiny Einerwold turned in a team-leading 11 points for BVU while Jennifer Schneider, who had missed the team's previous three games due to illness, returned to action and came off the bench to chip in with 10 points. As a team, the Beavers were 6-of-19 from long range in the contest, but just 34 percent from the field overall. They also made 12-of-16 at the free-throw line and had just 14 turnovers.
The Bullets, who have now won eight straight games, were led by Emma Dorshimer's game-high 23 points, including 4-of-5 from downtown. The team went 7-of-16 from long distance overall and was 47.6 percent from the field in the game.
Buena Vista drops to 4-7 overall and turns around to play Westfield State on Saturday at 10:00 a.m. PST (12:00 p.m. CST).