Evangel Crusaders (2-6, 1-1) at Missouri Valley Vikings (4-10, 1-1)
Game # 9 / HAAC Game # 3 -- Thur., Jan. 3, 2013
5:30 p.m. -- Marshall, Mo. – Redford Gym
Live Broadcast Coverage:
Radio- ESPN 1400
Women’s basketball back into HAAC: The Evangel women’s basketball returns to play in the Heart of America conference with a game at Missouri Valley Thursday at 5:30 p.m.
The Crusaders are 2-6 and 1-1 in the HAAC after a non-conference loss 69-47 at Oklahoma Christian in their last game on Dec. 29. Evangel has a conference win over 25th ranked Central Methodist, 63-57 on Nov. 29 in the league opener and a conference loss at 22nd ranked Benedictine 64-52.
Missouri Valley is 4-10 and 1-1 in the conference. The Vikings have been idle since a Dec. 18 loss at St. Ambrose (Iowa) 57-51. They enter Thursday’s game having lost four straight. Missouri Valley opened conference play with a win over Culver-Stockton 57-54 then lost at Baker 77-62.
Evangel and Missouri Valley are on the only 1-1 teams in the conference entering play Thursday. Only Baker and Benedictine are 2-0. Central Methodist, MidAmerica Nazarene and Avila are all 2-1.
Evangel and Missouri Valley split their two meetings last season with the home team winning in each game.
Evangel: Leon Neal (19th year, 382-214)
Missouri Valley: Jolene Christensen (5th year, 40-97)
Evangel lost at Oklahoma Christian 69-47 (Dec. 29)
Missouri Valley lost at St. Ambrose (57-51 (Dec. 18)
All-Time Series: Evangel 46-12
2011-12 Series: tied 1-1
Evangel 57 Mo. Valley 46 (Jan. 5, 2012 at EU)
Mo. Valley 63 Evangel 59 (OT) (Feb. 9, 2012 at MVC)