Sterling coach picks up 600th career win


It was a landmark night for Sterling College women’s basketball coach Lonnie Kruse, but a night the Bethel College women’s basketball team would rather forget.

The Threshers fell to seventh-ranked (National Association of Intercollegiate Athletics Division II) Sterling 100-55 Saturday in Kansas Collegiate Athletic Conference play at Thresher Gym.

Kruse, already the winningest coach in women’s college basketball in Kansas and the fifth-winningest coach active in the NAIA, picked up his 600th career win with the Warriors, which improve to 17-3 overall and 9-1 in conference play.

Bethel falls to 8-6, 4-6 in KCAC play. Bethel drops its second straight game. Sterling sweeps the regular-season series.

Sterling shot 57.1 percent from the field, hitting 32 of 56 shots. The Warriors were seven of 12 from 3-point range.

Bethel was 15 of 53 shooting for 28.3 percent. Bethel was five of 20 from 3-point range, missing seven attempts in the second half. Bethel also had 21 turnovers.

Bethel trailed 46-24 at the half.

Megan Patrick scored 18 points for Sterling, followed by Ashley Kraft with 15 and Jannica Schultze with 14.

Hannah Blackburn led Bethel with 14 points.

Bethel plays at 6 p.m. Thursday at Ottawa.

STERLING (17-3, 9-1 KCAC) — Kraft 6-9 3-4 15, Gasper 3-6 0-0 6, Wiebe 1-4 3-4 5, Thiessen 2-2 0-0 6, Tinkel 1-3 0-0 3, Boeckman 0-1 6-8 6, Herman 1-1 0-0 2, Ubelaker 0-0 2-2 2, Schultze 4-6 4-8 14, Gasper 0-1 3-4 3, Racette 2-3 2-2 6, Swisher 1-2 2-2 4, Stucky 3-4 2-2 8, Patrick 8-13 0-0 18, Magee 0-1 0-0 0, Lucas 0-0 2-2 2, TOTALS 32-56 29-38 100.

BETHEL (8-6, 4-6 KCAC) — Blackburn 4-11 6-7 14, Anthony 0-1 0-0 0, Muckenthaler 1-3 0-0 2, Wood 2-6 3-4 8, Bachman 2-7 1-2 7, Bangert 0-0 0-0 0, Phifer 1-4 2-2 4, Blanson 1-1 6-9 8, Henry 3-11 0-1 8, Bri.Moral 0-0 0-0 0, Bra.Moral 0-1 3-4 3, Wilson 0-4 1-2 1, Eckert 1-4 0-0 2, TOTALS 15-53 20-31 55.

Sterling 46 54 —100

Bethel 24 31 —55

Total fouls — SC 25, BC 25. Technical fouls — BC: bench. Fouled out — BC: Wilson. 3-point shooting — SC 7-12 (Thiessen 2-2, Tinkel 1-2, Schultze 2-2, Stucky 0-1, Patrick 2-5), BC 5-20 (Muckenthaler 0-1, Wood 1-3, Bachman 2-5, Phifer 0-1, Henry 2-8, Bra.Moral 0-1, Wilson 0-1). Rebounds — SC 44 (three with 6), BC 27 (Blackburn 8). Assists — SC 11 (Wiebe 3, Stucky 3), BC 8 (three with 2). Turnovers — SC 19 (four with 2), BC 21 (Blackburn 5, Henry 5). Blocked shots — SC 2 (Wiebe 2), BC 0. Steals — SC 6 (Schultze 2), BC 7 (seven with 1).