Senior McKenna Whitehill and freshman Jennifer Schneider each scored career-highs on Saturday to help lead six Beavers in double figures as the team scored 56 second half points en route to a 95-73 victory over Dubuque in the final game played inside Siebens Fieldhouse this season.
Whitehill made the most of her final career home game by erupting for a career-best 20 points, including a 10-of-12 effort at the free-throw line. She was also 2-of-4 from long range, grabbed three rebounds and a season-high four assists. Schneider drained a career-best 4-of-5 from long range and 6-of-8 from the field overall en route to a 19-point performance.
Morgan Muhlbauer and Holly Schneider each had solid outings for their final showing on the home court. Muhlbauer scored 13 points, grabbed eight rebounds and had four steals, while Schneider had 10 points, six rebounds, five assists and four steals. Destiny Einerwold came off the bench and chipped in with 12 points, including 6-of-9 at the free-throw line.
BVU was 14-of-28 from downtown in the game and 39 percent from the field overall. It went to the line 41 times in the contest compared to just 15 attempts for the Spartans.
Neither team could make a bucket early on as it was tied 2-2 after the first four minutes. The Beavers began the game missing their first six shots. Both teams began to find the flow a bit more in the later part of the quarter as BVU led 17-15 at the end of the period. The lead grew to double digits in the second quarter but the Spartans clawed their way back and a basket just before the first half buzzer got them back within 39-38 at the break.
Dubuque grabbed the lead at 40-39 to begin the second half, but that was the only time the Spartans saw the lead over the final 20 minutes. Whitehill back-to-back three-point buckets while Muhlbauer added another and the Beavers had built a 54-44 lead just over three minutes into the half.
The Spartans got back as close as 59-54, but BVU closed the third quarter on a 7-0 run, including four straight free-throws by Whitehill to take a 67-54 lead to the final frame. Schneider scored seven straight points for the Beavers early in the third period to push the lead to 78-59. Dubuque was later called for a technical foul, and Einerwold stepped to the line and made both free-throws to make it a 20-point cushion.
Minutes later was a second technical foul after a regular foul was called and Whitehill calmy converted all four to all but put the game out of reach at 87-65 with 4:20 to play.
The Beavers avenged their earlier season loss to the Spartans and closed out the home portion of the schedule with back-to-back victories. The team improves to 7-17 overall (2-13 A-R-C) and closes out the season on the road Wednesday night at No. 15 Wartburg. Tip-off inside of Levick Arena is set for 6:00 p.m.