Jordan Tynes scored a career-high 18 points, Jessica Jager followed with a career-high 16, and the Buena Vista women's basketball team started fast and never looked back en route to an 81-68 Iowa Conference road victory on Wednesday night at Central College.
Tynes made 9-of-11 shot attempts from the field and grabbed nine rebounds while Jager was 6-of-8 from the field, including 4-of-5 from downtown. Sidney Beckman made a season-high five three-point shots and chimed in with 15 points as BVU went 13-of-36 from beyond the arc in the contest. Beckman now has 208 career three-point makes and is eight away from second on BVU's all-time list (Liexi Fisher; 216).
Buena Vista shot 40 percent from the field and went 10-of-15 at the free-throw line while committing only 10 turnovers for the second straight game.
The Beavers came out and made four three-point buckets to start the game and led 14-2 midway through the first quarter. Beckman's second three-pointer late in the period gave BVU a 22-11 lead before the Dutch scored in the final seconds to make it 22-13.
BVU led by as many as 14 in the second quarter, but the Dutch never let the Beavers pull away and kept it a 10-point game at 39-29 heading into the half.
Beckman made two more long range shots in the opening minutes of the second half, as did Jasmine Demers, and BVU quickly pushed its lead back to 14. It maintained that lead for the rest of the period, leading briefly by 16, but took a 64-50 lead to the fourth.
Central pulled as close as 11 early in the fourth, but Jager capped a 10-1 run over the next three minutes with another three to give the Beavers their largest lead at 75-55 with under 5:00 to play.
The Dutch went on a 7-0 run make things interesting down the stretch, but BVU made all six of its free-throw attempts over the final two minutes to secure the double-digit win.
Jackie Kriegel scored 18 points to lead the Dutch with Claire Marburger adding 13 points and 10 rebounds.
Buena Vista remains in a tie for third in the Iowa Conference standings with Loras College at 9-6 while improving to 13-11 overall. The Beavers now travel to regular season champion, Wartburg College (22-2, 14-1 IIAC), on Saturday afternoon for a 2:00pm tip-off.