Article by Jeremy Nelson
Lindsborg, Kan. – For about thirty minutes on Wednesday, the McPherson College women’s basketball team looked like they might steal another one from the Bethany College Swedes on their home court.
The Bulldogs upset the Swedes in Lindsborg a year ago, and on Wednesday evening led by as many as 10 points early in the fourth quarter. Unfortunately, some timely three-point shooting down the stretch, by the Swedes, and missed opportunities by the Bulldogs from the free-throw line, allowed Bethany to outscore the Mac ladies 23 to 9 in the fourth quarter to win by six, 68-62.
Neither team shot the ball particularly well from anywhere on the court. The Bulldog offense shot just 37% from the field, making 22 of 59 attempts. From beyond the arc, they hit on 4 of 17 tries for 23%, and from the charity stripe they were 14 of 24 for 58%
On defense, they held the Swedes to 46% from the floor, and 33% from deep, while limiting Bethany to just seven offensive rebounds, and forcing them into 31 turnovers.
Individually, Mac was paced by Brittany Roberts (Jr. Mansfield, Texas), who recorded her 6th double-double of the season with 19 points and 11 boards. Haley Hurst (So. Norman, Okla.), continues to play well when Roberts is on the bench. Against the Swedes she finished just outside of double figures with nine points, to go along with four rebounds and a steal.
“Hard-fought game tonight”, commented Coach Nichols. “This is one of those games we have to learn to win. We made a few mistakes down the stretch.” Nichols lauded the play of Roberts and Hurst as well as the defensive performance saying, “Brittany and Haley continue to be a great 1-2 duo inside. I thought we played our best game of the year defensively. I will take this effort for the next 23 games.”
With the loss, the Bulldogs fall to 4-3 overall, and 0-1 in KCAC play. They are back in action on Saturday when they play their KCAC home opener against the Tabor College Bluejays. Tipoff Saturday is on the books for 5 p.m.
MAC (62) – Roberts (19), Hurst (9), Jarvis (8), Moseley (8), Upchurch (6), Gillen (5), Osborn (3), Griffin (3), Holt (1).