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The Kansan - Newton, KS
  •  BC women fall to Graceland

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  • LAMONI, Iowa — The Bethel College women’s basketball team fell to NAIA Division I Graceland University 67-53 Tuesday night in Lamoni. The loss was the Threshers’ fourth straight, falling to 3-5. Graceland won its first game of the season, improving to 1-4. Bethel trailed 35-20 at the half, but climbed back to pull within three, 44-41. Graceland pulled away late for the win. The Threshers hit just 19 of 64 from the field for 29.7 percent. Bethel was eight of 32 in the first half. Graceland was 28 of 65 from the field, 13 of 25 in the second half. “We came out in a post-classic funk,” Bethel coach Mark Fox said. “We had the same low energy and lack of focus that we showed over the weekend. In the first 15 minutes, they did about anything they wanted to do on both ends of the court. In the last five minutes of the second half, something clicked, and we started playing like the team we were earlier this season. “In the second half, we showed the same kind of energy that we almost beat Benedictine with. We got within two with about 3 1/2 minutes to go, then we kind of ran out of that energy. They hit some shots at the shot clock buzzer that hurt us. We defended well for 29 seconds in those possessions.” Ashleigh Wilson led Graceland with 15 points. Jerica Smith scored 14 points with 13 rebounds. Kelsey Quirarte scored 12 points with 10 rebounds. Bethel was led by Lauren Ulrich with 10 points. Haley Bright added nine points. Jaime Tschetter had 10 rebounds. The game marked the return of junior Katie Regier, who missed the opening weeks of the season because of volleyball. Regier scored seven points. Bethel opens conference play at 6 p.m. Nov. 29 against the University of Saint Mary, 4-4.BETHEL (3-5) — Scott 0-1 0-0 0, Durant 3-7 2-2 8, Ebenkamp 2-7 1-2 5, Ulrich 3-7 4-8 10, Wilkerson 3-12 0-0 6, Goniea 1-1 0-0 2, Regier 2-8 3-4 7, Zerger 0-3 0-0 0, Tschetter 2-11 2-3 6, Bright 3-7 0-0 9, TOTALS 19-64 12-19 53. GRACELAND (1-4) — Smith 6-14 1-2 14, Garrett 3-4 0-0 6, Quirarte 5-12 2-2 12, Martinez 2-5 2-2 6, Wilson 6-13 2-4 15, Quick 2-5 0-2 4, Roane 1-2 0-0 2, Robertson 0-1 0-0 0, Belousova 3-9 0-0 8, Sieleman 0-0 0-0 0, TOTALS 28-65 7-12 67. Bethel 20 33 —53 Graceland 35 32 —67 Total fouls — BC 15, GU 14. Technical fouls — none. Fouled out — none. 3-point shooting — BC 3-10 (Ulrich 0-1, Wilkerson 0-2, Zerger 0-1, Bright 3-6), GU 4-17 (Smith 1-2, Quirarte 0-1, Wilson 1-7, Quick 0-1, Belousova 2-6). Rebounds — BC 38 (Tschetter 10), GU 49 (Smith 13). Assists — BC 11 (Wilkerson 5), GU 19 (Martinez 8). Turnovers — BC 20 (four with 3), GU 22 (Martinez 5, Wilson 5). Blocked shots — BC 0, GU 4 (Smith 2). Steals — BC 15 (Ebenkamp 5), GU 10 (four with 2). 
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