DES MOINES — The Statesmen women’s basketball team shot well enough to walk off victorious Wednesday, but struggles on the glass and in ball control kept the squad winless as it fell 74-64 to Grand View in its Heart of America Athletic Conference opener.
William Penn (0-3, 0-1 Heart) outshot the Vikings 46.2%-41.8%, but committed two more turnovers (17-15) and allowed the home side to pull down 11 offensive rebounds (both teams had 32 total rebounds). The visitors were outscored 23-11 in points off turnovers and 13-6 in second-chance points.
Contrary to how well the team had played in the first quarter of its first two games, Wednesday’s opening 10 minutes of action did not fare well for the navy and gold as they fell behind 22-11 to Grand View (6-1, 1-0 Heart).
The deficit grew to as large as 15 points midway through the second period before WPU started making a push. Still down 40-30 at halftime and then 42-32 early in the third, the Statesmen went on a 10-3 run to get as close as 45-42 with just under four minutes left in the stanza. Lakyla Moore (Jr., Norfolk, Neb.) tallied six of those points as part of an eight-point quarter.
Unfortunately, GVU answered and pushed the margin to eight at quarter’s end and then kept the navy and gold at bay in the final 10 minutes of action.
WPU was solid from both behind the arc (6-for-16, 37.5%) and at the free-throw line (10-for-13, 76.9%), but could not make up for an even better charity-stripe effort from Grand View as it ended up 22-for-25.
Moore paced the visitors with 18 points on 5-for-12 shooting (3-for-6 3-PT). The junior was 5-for-6 at the line as well, while also guiding her team with six rebounds and four steals.
Bailey Reardon (So., River Falls, Wis., Elementary Education) and Breanna Wendland (Jr., Richfield, Minn.) also reached double figures with 10 points each, while Maci Kuchta (Fr., Columbia, Mo., Biology) just missed the mark with nine.
Brittany West (Sr., Shakopee, Minn., Sports Management) contributed six points alongside three assists, while Jakayla Kirk (Fr., Florissant, Mo., Sociology) finished with five points off the bench.
Next Up: William Penn travels to Peru, Neb. Saturday to face Peru State in Heart action at noon.