The Bethel College women’s basketball team snapped a three-game losing streak at a most opportune time, stopping Friends 75-68 Thursday in the quarterfinals of the Kansas Collegiate Athletic Conference post-season tournament at Thresher Gym.


The Bethel College women’s basketball team snapped a three-game losing streak at a most opportune time, stopping Friends 75-68 Thursday in the quarterfinals of the Kansas Collegiate Athletic Conference post-season tournament at Thresher Gym.

Bethel improves to 16-13 while Friends ends the season 14-15. It was the third time this season Bethel was able to beat the Falcons.

Friends had the hot hand early, hitting 15 of 28 from the field to lead 37-26 at the half. Bethel was just 10 of 36 shooting in the first half, one of 11 from 3-point range.

Bethel turned up the heat from the outside in the second half, outscoring the Falcons 15-0 from 3-point range. Bethel improved to 14 of 30 from the field while Friends cooled off to eight of 23.

Friends had 32 turnovers to 23 for the Threshers

Jessica Muckenthaler led the Threshers with 18 points, followed by Holly Anthony with 16 points and 15 rebounds. Jordyn Blanson scored 11 points. Krisna Phifer scored 10.

Friends was led by Bre Selves with 16 points, followed by Minta Whetstone with 13 and Sarah Munds with 11.

Bethel takes on 13th-ranked Sterling at 7 p.m. Saturday in the semifinals in Sterling. The Threshers lost to Sterling by five points in the first meeting and by 30 in the second meeting. Sterling already has a bid clinched for the NAIA Division II Nationals.

FRIENDS (14-16) — Hunter 1-4 1-2 3, Polley-Davis 4-12 0-0 8, Whetstone 4-8 5-7 13, Selves 6-10 4-6 16, Mills 1-2 3-3 5, Munds 2-4 5-6 11, Crews 3-5 1-4 7, Marshall 2-5 1-2 5, Porter 0-1 0-0 0, TOTALS 23-51 20-30 68.

BETHEL (16-14) — Anthony 7-10 2-4 16, Muckenthaler 5-14 6-10 18, Phifer 2-8 5-8 10, Wood 2-8 1-2 7, Bachman 1-4 0-0 3, Regier 0-1 0-0 0, Blanson 3-7 5-13 11, Wilkerson 2-7 0-0 4, Wilson 1-3 2-2 4, Harpe 1-2 0-0 2, Suderman 0-0 0-0 0, Askew 0-2 0-0 0, TOTALS 24-66 21-39 75.

Friends 37 31 —68

Bethel 26 49 —75

Total fouls — Fr. 28, BC 23. Fouled out — Fr.: Polley-Davis, Marshall. BC: Blanson. 3-point shooting — Fr. 2-11 (Polley-Davis 0-2, Whetstone 0-2, Selves 0-2, Munds 2-4, Porter 0-1), BC 6-24 (Muckenthaler 2-6, Phifer 1-3, Wood 2-6, Bachman 1-2, Blanson 0-1, Wilkerson 0-4, Wilson 0-1, Harpe 0-1). Rebounds — Fr. 41 (Selves 9, Crews 9), BC 34 (Anthony 15). Assists — Fr. 10 (Polley-Davis 3, Selves 3), BC 11 (Phifer 3). Turnovers — Fr. 32 (Polley-Davis 6, Crews 6), BC 23 (Wilson 5). Blocked shots — Fr. 1 (Whetstone 1), BC 1 (Anthony 1). Steals — Fr. 1 (Munds 1), BC 14 (Wood 3).