Peru State snaps 13-game losing streak

Peru State snaps 13-game losing streak
Giovanna Silva goes to the hoop for a score late in the contest. Silva finished with a double-double as she scored 14 points and grabbed ten rebounds. (Courtesy Photo)

PERU – For the first 31 minutes of the game, the Peru State women’s basketball team trailed the visiting Mount Mercy Mustangs.

The Bobcats were down ten at halftime and then with 5:47 left in the third, the ‘Cats trailed 45-32. From that point on, Peru State scored 37 points while holding Mount Mercy to 14 to gain a 69-59 victory on Senior Day in the Al Wheeler Activity Center.

Peru State had one of its better shooting nights of the season as they made 27 of 65 field goals for 41.5% including making 7 of 21 from long range for 33.3%. At the free throw line, the Bobcats hit 8 of 11 of 72.7%. Mount Mercy made 18 of 59 field goals for 30.5% while shooting better from behind the arc as they connected on 12 of 38 for 31.6%. The Mustangs connected on 11 of 17 from the charity stripe fo 64.7%.

Brooke Maeda led the Bobcats with 18 points on 7 of 9 shooting. Giovanna Silva added 14 points and 10 rebounds.

With the win, the Bobcats snapped a 13-game losing streak and won their third game of the season against 22 losses. The ‘Cats also got out of the Heart of America Athletic Conference (Heart) basement and improved to 2-19 in the conference.

Mount Mercy fell to 5-23 overall and 1-21 in the Heart.

On Monday, the ‘Cats will be in Olathe, Kan., to take on #7 MidAmerica Nazarene at 5:30 p.m. The Pioneers are 22-4 overall and 19-3 in the Heart.

Peru State Comes From Behind to Top Mount Mercy

PERU – Like their Bobcat women counterparts, the Peru State men’s basketball team had to come from behind Saturday afternoon to snap a losing streak.

The Bobcats were down by 16 at the 15:54 mark in the second half and scored 18 straight points to give them a lead they had not had since early in the first half. Later, the ‘Cats would break a 59-59 tie and went on to an 83-74 win over the visiting Mount Mercy (Iowa) Mustangs.

The Bobcats were hot from the floor making 29 of 57 field goals for 50.9% which included making 9 of 28 from behind the arc for 32.1%. At the charity stripe, the ‘Cats hit 16 of 20 for 80%. Mount Mercy also shot the ball well as they connected on 29 of 63 field goal tries for 46% including hitting 12 of 28 from three-point range for 42.9%. The Mustangs connected on four of eight free throws for 50%.

Peru State grabbed 29 rebounds compared to 21 for the Mustangs.

Jamil Maddred and Lyle Hexom both scored 22 points to lead the team. Hexom finished with a double-double as he grabbed a game-high 13 boards.

Peru State improved to 18-7 overall and are now 13-6 in the Heart of America Athletic Conference (Heart). Mount Mercy dropped to 14-13 on the season and 9-12 in the Heart.

Monday night, Feb. 18, the ‘Cats will play their twice-postponed game with MidAmerica Nazarene in Olathe, Kan., at 7:30 p.m. The Pioneers have won two in a row and are now 13-12 on the season and are 8-12 in the conference. MidAmerica Nazarene, like many in the conference, are fighting for post-season play during their last four games.

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