The Buena Vista women's basketball team, featuring former Cherokee Washington standout Katie Ebel, competed at the Southwestern University Tournament in Georgetown, Texas over the Dec. 28-29 weekend.
Katie Ebel's layup with just over three minutes to play in the contest extended BVU's lead to six (65-59), but it also proved to be the team's final points of the game.
Muhlbauer scored 13 of her 21 points in the opening half, as Buena Vista connected on 52.2 percent of its shots from the field. The team also sank 11-of-12 free-throw attempts in the half.
Ebel and Courtney Stoelk chipped in with 10 points apiece, with Stoelk also hauling in a team-high six rebounds and two assists.
On Saturday, in the tournament consolation game, North Central (Ill.) outscored Buena Vista 22-11 over the final 12 minutes of the second half, en route to a commanding 64-49 victory over the Beavers.
BVU was held to 45.5 percent shooting in the opening stanza, but did connect on 6-of-7 free-throw attempts.
The second half was a struggle offensively for both teams, as each was held to under 38 percent shooting. North Central, however, won the battle at the charity stripe, connecting on 10-of-13 attempts, while BVU went 1-of-5.
Katie Ebel pulled Buena Vista to within three to begin the second half,but that was as close as the team could get the remainder of the afternoon. North Central extended its lead to 10 nearly four minutes into the half. BVU hung tough, trailing by only six with 12 minutes left, before North Central went on its run to secure its fifth win of the season.
Ebel went 7-of-13 from the field, and finished with a team-high 15 points for the Beavers. Margo Muhlbauer and Jocelyn Kock followed with eight points apiece. Ebel also hauled in a team-best six rebounds, while Jenn Schweitzberger chipped in with four steals.
Buena Vista falls to 5-5 on the year.