Lady Ravens Basketball Downs Graceland in Lamoni, Iowa

BC Wins 85-71

  • Tuesday, February 13, 2007

The Lady Ravens headed out on the road Monday night with their destiny in their own hands.

Coming off a loss to MidAmerica Nazarene University on Saturday, the Lady Ravens had three games remaining in the HAAC schedule with every one of them bigger than the last.

BC made a step in the right direction with a 85-71 win over Graceland University in Lamoni, Iowa.

Off a 55 percent shooting effort in the first half, the Lady Ravens built a sizable halftime lead over the Lady Yellowjackets, 50-37.

That lead was in large part to the first-half shooting effort of guard Angelina Finazzo (Jr., Kansas City, Mo.) Finazzo led the Lady Ravens in first-half scoring with 15 points.

In the second half, the Lady Ravens outscored Graceland by just one point but that was all they needed as their 13-point halftime lead was enough to keep them in control throughout the second half.

Facing a zone defense throughout the entire game, the Lady Ravens pounded the ball into the paint, which showed in their final scoring output.

Forward Abby Winder (Soph., Troy) led the Lady Ravens in scoring for the second straight game scoring 18 points and pulling in 10 rebounds. Forward Amber Marsden (Soph., Highmore, S.D.) added 14 points while center Leah Stuhlsatz (Jr., Wichita) added 12 points to round out the top scorers.

Forward Melinda Morrison (Soph., Atchison) added 8 points to give the Lady Ravens post players 55 of the Lady Ravens 85 points.

The win allowed the Lady Raven to keep pace with Missouri Valley, who is one game ahead of the Lady Ravens for the third spot in the HAAC.

With two games remaining, the last of which is against the Lady Vikings, the Lady Ravens still have a chance to grab the third spot in next week's HAAC Postseason tournament.

Before the Lady Ravens can turn their attention on the Lady Vikings, they have to take care of business on the road again at 5:30 p.m. Thursday in St. Charles, Mo., as they take on Lindenwood University.

BC defeated Lindenwood in their first meeting of the year on Jan. 11, 77-58.

A win Thursday sets up the chance to play Missouri Valley for the three seed in the HAAC tournament.