The Bethel College women’s basketball team got a little bit of payback Monday night, stopping York College 73-66 at Thresher Gym. Bethel, 3-1, avenges a loss to the Panthers from Nov. 3 in York, Neb. “We knew from playing them up there it was going to be a battle,” Bethel coach Mark Fox said. “The thing I liked about this game, and coach (Brian) Huxman and I told them after the game, this was a conference-like battle. It was physical. It wasn’t pretty, but that’s the way it’s going to be. I liked our kids’ resilience. We played a lot better than how we did up there.” Bethel was outrebounded 44-34, but the Threshers had just 18 turnovers to 27 for York. “In the second half, we held our own on the boards,” Fox said. “They were up by nine at halftime, so it was a wash in the second half. I told the girls at halftime, we can’t lose by 10 more on the boards.” Bethel was led by freshmen Lauren Ulrich with 19 points and Jaime Tschetter with 17 points and eight rebounds. Ulrich scored Bethel’s first points— a 3-point shot — and the last two — a pair of free throws. “We executed a play that we had worked on,” Ulrich said of her first basket. “I was just doing my part. ... We just needed to execute tonight. We played better defense. That was the difference tonight.” Ulrich came to Bethel from Walnut, Calif., located outside of Los Angeles. “It’s been good here,” Ulrich said. “It’s been different, but the transition’s been good. I really like it here. I like the people. I I like the atmosphere. My coach told me about it here. It’s cold here. It’s getting colder. I came here to get a good education and play basketball.” Bethel’s bench, led by Tschetter, outscored York’s 29-16. “Tschetter was just phenomenal off the bench with her energy,” Fox said. “That helped sparked Taylor (Durant), who picked up her game, and opened up things for Lauren on penetration. That freed some things up.” York, 1-5, was led by Sara Lincoln with 20 points and 12 rebounds. Delaney Ortega had 11 points. “We wanted to attack (Lincoln) and try to get her into foul trouble,” Fox said. “Samantha Wilkerson did a great job on her from start to finish. We tried to limit her touches. She’s a good player and she still got her points. Overall, we did a good job on her. She had five turnovers, so we frustrated her a little bit.” Bethel led by as many as seven early, but got caught trading twos for threes, allowing York back in the game. Tied 29-29 with 1:41 remaining in the first half, Jessica Ebenkamp hit a free throw, missed her second, but got the rebound to set up a Lauren Ulrich trey. A Haley Bright trey with 8.5 seconds left in the half put Bethel back up by five, 35-30. Bethel led by as many as eight early in the second half, missing chances to increase it to double figures. York came as close as one. A three-point play by Ulrich with 3:05 remaining in regulation put Bethel up by seven. York came back with a layup and a three-point play by Becker. Taylor Durant answered with a short jumper with 1:49 to play. Bethel forced a turnover on a York offensive foul by Lincoln, to foul out, followed by a Tschetter layup. Durant then blocked a shot. Bright hit one of two free throws with 1:02 remaining to put Bethel up by seven. Each team then traded a pair of free throws. “We had some ugly possessions, but we never let two or three bad possessions turn into six or seven,” Fox said. “We would score on our second or third possession.” Bethel hosts 4-1 Benedictine at 7 p.m. Wednesday, followed by the Bethel Classic Friday and Saturday with Haskell Indian Nations and William Penn. Benedictine received votes in the NAIA Division I poll. “That’s going to be a tough game,” Fox said. “They return almost everybody from last year. If they aren’t in the top 20, they should be right on the edge. We have four games in six days. The old coaching cliché applies. We’ll take them one game at a time.”
YORK (1-5) — Ortega 3-9 4-5 11, Lincoln 6-9 5-6 20, Hammitt 1-1 0-0 3, Becker 3-6 2-5 8, Maher 2-6 2-2 8, Peterson 0-0 0-0 0, Swope 1-7 4-4 7, Carther 0-1 0-0 0, Struck 0-0 0-0 0, Lundstrom 2-5 0-0 4, Payne 0-2 0-0 0, Ellison 0-3 0-0 0, Runyan 1-5 3-4 5, TOTALS 19-54 20-26 66. BETHEL (3-1) — Scott 3-7 2-2 8, Durant 2-6 3-4 7, Ebenkamp 1-1 2-6 4, Ulrich 5-19 6-7 19, Wilkerson 1-6 3-4 6, Bria.Bates 0-1 0-0 0, Goniea 0-1 0-0 0, Zerger 0-0 0-0 0, Brit.Bates 2-4 0-0 4, Tschetter 7-9 3-5 17, Bright 1-2 5-6 8, TOTALS 22-56 24-34 73. York 30 36 —66 Bethel 35 38 —73 Total fouls — YC 24, BC 21. Technical fouls — none. Fouled out — YC: Lincoln. 3-point shooting — YC 8-23 (Ortega 1-5, Lincoln 3-5, Hammitt 1-1, Maher 2-3, Swope 1-5, Lundstrom 0-1, Payne 0-1, Ellison 0-1, Runyan 0-1), BC 5-16 (Ulrich 3-11, Wilkerson 1-4, Bright 1-1). Rebounds — YC 44 (Lincoln 12), BC 34 (Tschetter 8). Assists — YC 11 (Lincoln 3), BC 13 (Ulrich 3). Turnovers — YC 27 (Ortega 5, Lincoln 5), BC 18 (Tschetter 4). Blocked shots — YC 0, BC 3 (three with 1). Steals — YC 7 (Lincoln 3), BC 11 (Brit.Bates 3).