After trailing only by five heading into the final ten minutes, the Peru State women's basketball team was outscored by 15 by the home-standing Missouri Valley Vikings.
Missouri Valley ended up with an 80-60 win Monday night in Marshall, Mo. The Vikings improved to 6-9 on the season and 5-5 in the Heart of America Athletic Conference (Heart). Peru State falls to 2-12 overall and 1-9 in conference play.
First Quarter Action
Brooke Maeda (Honolulu) hit a trey to start the game off an assist from Alyssa Marsh-Contreras (Bellevue) at the 9:14 mark. After grabbing a steal, Maria Alcantara (Recife, Brazil) also hit a three-pointer, this time on an assist from Maeda to give the 'Cats an early 6-0 lead.
The Vikings would come back with three straight two-point buckets to tie the game at 6-6 with 6:50 left in the first quarter. Alcantara would then dish a dime to Marsh-Contreras who would drain a trey – the Bobcats' third straight.
Once again, Mo Valley would come back to tie the game and would eventually go up 11-9 before Claire Cudney (Marysville, Mo.) would grab an offensive rebound and put it back up and in to tie it up!
Missouri Valley would then take the lead and hold it the rest of the quarter and led 21-16.
Second Quarter Action
The Vikings would jump to a 39-22 advantage with 3:51 left and would not score the rest of the quarter.
Peru State would get a three-pointer from Alcantara on an assist from Keaundra Washington (Omaha) to cut the deficit to 14 with 1:10 left.
At the buzzer, Washington would get a trey of her own to make the halftime score 39-28 in favor of Mo Valley.
Third Quarter Action
Maeda would start the second half like she did the first half with a trey to pull Peru State within eight just 16 seconds into the second half.
The Vikings would lead by as many as 12 on two different occasions in the quarter with the last coming with 3:35 left as they led 48-36.
Mo Valley would still lead by ten at 52-42 with two minutes on the clock. Lauren Beath (Bakersfield, Calif.) would hit a three off an assist from Marsh-Contreras with 1:50 left in the third stanza.
The 'Cats would get a two-pointer by Mash-Contreras to end the scoring in the quarter and Peru State was within five at 52-47 as the first 30 minutes were done.
Fourth Quarter Action
The Vikings dominated the fourth quarter as they outscored the 'Cats 28-13 for the 80-60 win.
The Vikings were hot from the floor as they made 30 of 55 field goals for 54.5 percent and also hit 6 of 14 from long range for 42.9 percent. From the free throw line, the Vikings made 14 of 20 free throws for 70 percent. Peru State were cooler from the floor as they made 21 of 67 field goal tries for 31.3 percent while shooting better from behind the arc as they made 10 of 24 for 41.7 percent. The Bobcats struggled from the free throw line making just 8 of 24 for 33.3 percent.
Peru State did have the rebounding edge as they grabbed 45 boards compared to 35 for Mo Valley. The Vikings did have more assists as they finished with 23 while the 'Cats finished with 18. The Bobcats had two more turnovers than Missouri Valley as they finished with 20. The Vikings blocked three shots and had 11 steals while Peru State finished with one block and seven steals.
Marsh-Contreras led all scorers with 21 points while Cudney added ten. Giovanna Silva (Brazilia, Brazil) added eight points.
Silva had a game-high 17 rebounds while Cudney finished with a double-double as she grabbed ten boards.
Alcantara dished out six assists with Maeda handing out five. Silva was credited with the lone block for the team. Silva, Alcantara, and Cudney each were credited with two steals.
On Saturday, the Peru State Foundation and athletic department will be recognizing basketball alumni in attendance. Special tributes will be provided for the 1992-93 women's and men's national tournament teams, along with the men's coach John Gibbs.