LINCOLN, Neb. - The Buena Vista women's basketball team was in position to grab its first American Rivers Conference victory of the season on Saturday, but the Beavers fell in heartbreaking fashion as Nebraska Wesleyan made three free-throws with 1.8 seconds left to edge BVU, 71-68.
The Prairie Wolves held a 68-64 lead with 1:24 left in regulation before Holly Schneider stepped to the line and knocked down a pair of free-throws and McKenna Whitehill picked up a steal and went in for a layup to tie things up at 68-68 with 33 seconds remaining.
NWU chose to hold for the final shot, and the Prairie Wolves were fould on a three-point attempt with 1.8 seconds left. Klaire Phillips stepped to the line and converted all three which would give NWU and improve its record to 6-6 in conference play and 11-10 overall.
Destiny Einerwold turned in a game and career-high 24 points on 9-of-16 shooting. She made 3-of-4 from downtown and also went 3-of-5 at the charity stripe. Schneider's two late free-throws gave her a double-double with 11 points and 13 rebounds. Morgan Muhlbauer fell just short of a double-double with nine points and 10 boards.
The Beavers were strong on the glass, outrebounding the Prairie Wolves, 49-33, but BVU couldn't overcome 33 turnovers in the contest which led to 31 points for NWU.
Kaitlin Navratil turned in 16 points to lead the home team while Phillips added 13.
Buena Vista drops to 5-17 overall (0-13 A-R-C) and will get set to play its final two home games of the year next week beginning with Central on Feb. 6 at 6:00 p.m.