By Quincy Williams
LEAVENWORTH – The McPherson College women’s basketball team improved their record to 7-5 overall, and 3-3 in the KCAC with a road win on Monday night at the University of St. Mary.
The Bulldogs defeated the Spires 84-73 behind another double-double performance from Brittany Roberts, who dropped 23 on the Spires and grabbed 10 boards. For Roberts, it was her 10th double double of the season, which is tops in the KCAC.
The Bulldogs and Spires traded quarters, with Mac winning the odds, and USM taking the evens. Fortunately for the Bulldogs, the point margin in the two periods that they won was larger than in the two that USM won, and they were able to leave Leavenworth with an 11- point victory.
On the stat sheet, the Bulldogs dominated inside the arc, making 27 of 47 attempts and outscored the Spires 42-28 in the paint. The Spires were able to stay in the game by knocking down nine shots from beyond the arc, where the Bulldogs were just 3 of 14. The difference came at the free throw line. The Spires actually shot a better percentage, 88 percent to 72 percent, than the Bulldogs, but the Mac ladies were 21 of 29, while the Spires were 14 of 16.
Besides Roberts, the Bulldogs had three other players score in double figures. Maison Moseley had her best offensive game in a Bulldog uniform, recording a career high 18 points on 5 of 11 from the floor, and 7 of 8 from the free throw line. Also in double figures were Danielle Holt and and Haley Hurst, who both chipped in 10.
, “I thought we came out and took care of business,” Bulldogs coach Josh Nichols said. Any road win in the KCAC is a big win. Give credit to USM they battled back and made it a little more difficult down the stretch than it should have been.
“It was great to have Haley bounce back after a couple of nights. Brittany continues to just do what she does double-double. Dani was aggressive going to the basket, and Maison had maybe her best night offensively of her career. Proud of the defensive effort of Elle and Kenajah. Tatum continues to get better. Things are starting to come together, and we’re figuring things out.”
After a pair of road games, the Bulldogs are now home for two, starting on Thursday when they host the Sterling College Warriors on Thursday at 6 p.m.