Grand View University recently issued the following announcement.
The Vikings hosted (RV) Benedictine College on Thursday, looking for a home conference win, as well as a share of 3rd place in the standings.
Grand View was a bit sluggish shooting in the first half and that played a part in the early deficit. The Vikings who came into the contest 4th in the nation in three-point field goal percentage (41.4%) and 6th in the nation in three-point field goals made per game (9.875) were ice cold from long distance in the first half. They could only find the bottom of the net twice from three-point range, shooting 2-13 in the first half. Offense aside, Grand View was able to once again defend and that kept the Vikings in the game during the first half.
Grand View held Benedictine to just 35% shooting in the first half and while the Vikings found themselves down by as many as 8 points (30-22), they were able to cut the Ravens lead down to 5 points, 33-28 when the two teams headed into the locker room to make adjustments.
The second half didn't start in the Vikings favor, as Benedictine raced out to a 37-30 lead early in the third quarter. That is when the Grand View offense began connecting on their outside shots. Brooke Trautsch (SR/Prairie du Chien, Wisconsin) connected on the go-ahead three-point field goal with 5:39 remaining the in the third quarter to give Grand View a 39-38 advantage. While her teammates began hitting shots, it was Hannah Shadravan (SR/Ankeny, Iowa) who created opportunities for her teammates. The senior forward grabbed 5 rebounds in the third quarter alone, dished out 2 assists, and also scored 5 points. Grand View led by the narrowest of margins 50-49 at the end of three quarters.
The final quarter was back and forth with the Vikings leading by as many as 6 points. When Brooke Trautsch connected on two free-throws with 1:20 remaining the game, it gave Grand View a 64-58 lead. Unfortunately, the Vikings would not find the basket for the rest of the game, but that is when they shifted their focus and relied on their defensive ability to shut the Ravens down. Benedictine had the basketball with 13 seconds remaining and they went to LaRanda Thomas. The senior guard decided to drive the basketball and was corralled by the Vikings on the left block. She was able to force up a shot as time expired, but it was off the mark and Grand View escaped with a 64-63 victory over the Ravens.
Four Vikings were in double figures on the evening. Led by Brooke Trautsch who poured in 14 points, including an impressive 8-8 from the foul line. A trio of Grand View players each scored 10 points. Shannon Pisney (SO/Lime Springs, Iowa), Brianda Bane (SO/Maxwell, Iowa), and Hannah Shadravan each had 10 points for the Vikings. Shadravan also posted 10 rebounds for her first career double-double.
Grand View is on the move and rather quickly. The Vikings will have one day of rest and then travel down to Baker University to take on the Wildcats on Saturday afternoon. Tip off for that contest is scheduled for 2:00 PM.
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