Emily Ivory showed a whole lot of moxie Tuesday night.
With Bettendorf clawing back from a huge early deficit, the Bulldog sophomore put her team on her back in the fourth quarter, scoring 11 of her game-high 18 points in a 51-42 road win over Assumption.
Ivory started off shooting just 3-of-10 from the field but closed out the game by hitting her last four shots.
"You've just got to not let it get in your head and keep going," Ivory said. "My teammates were finding me so props to them too."
With Assumption clinging to a 42-35 lead with less than six minutes left, Ivory stepped up and buried a 3-pointer with Assumption guard Jasmine Harris in her face.
The basket sparked an unanswered 16-0 Bettendorf run as the Bulldogs (5-5, 5-3 MAC) grabbed their third straight win.
"She sure made some big plays for us down the stretch," Bettendorf coach Pat Finn said. "That's her game, she's small and she's slight but she's pretty slick with the ball and she knows what she's doing."
Assumption (4-9, 4-4) raced out to an early 22-8 first-quarter lead thanks to red-hot shooting. The Knights shot 80 percent from the field in the first quarter, with Harris scoring 12 of her team-high 17 points in the frame.
The Knights cooled off in the second quarter, and were undone by sloppy play, with 11 of their 22 total turnovers helping the Bulldogs chip into the lead, cutting it to 30-21 at halftime, and 39-33 after the third quarter.
Bailey Brown added 14 points for Assumption, but no other Knight scored more than four points, and Belle Thrapp — who scored 21 points in the Knights' early-season win over Bettendorf — was held to two points.
"We came out with a lot of intensity and a lot of determination but in the third and fourth quarters, we kind of took things for granted," Harris said. "We were trying to transition the ball a lot and were making careless, silly mistakes when we need to be taking care of the ball."
The Bulldogs continued to chip away until Taylor Regenwether's layup gave Bettendorf its first lead of the night with four minutes left in the game, and the team never trailed again, handing Assumption its third-straight loss.
With three sophomores its lineup, Bettendorf has taken some time to come together, but now finds itself a game out of second place in the MAC. Along with Ivory, sophomore Taylor Gau added 11 points and five rebounds, while Regenwether had 10 points and seven rebounds.
"We are young but we get a lot of help from the upperclassmen too," Gau said. "We've all been putting in our efforts, doing great things in practice and we're all working together really well."