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The Kansan - Newton, KS
  • Thresher women fall to Coyotes

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  • SALINA — The Bethel College women’s basketball team struggled to put the ball in the basket Saturday, falling to Kansas Wesleyan 76-58 in KCAC play in Salina. “We gave ourselves chances,” Bethel coach Mark Fox said. “The biggest difference in this game was points in the paint. One of our emphasis coming out was we have to control the paint. The offense they run, they try to get a piece of the paint every possession. I think they outscored us 38-20 in the paint. We just didn’t reward ourselves when we did play hard. I don’t know how many little bunnies and layups we missed. The kids are trying hard. We feel as coaches, our kids play as hard, if not harder, than anyone in the conference. That’s a credit to our kids. You see a lot of teams quit when they’re not winning. Our kids haven’t. We’re trying to keep the focus on the big picture of getting better from day one to 101, and I think we are.” Kansas Wesleyan improves to 14-10, 9-5 in KCAC. The Coyotes are in fourth place in the conference with four games remaining. Christian Cassity led KWU with 16 points and 12 rebounds. Stephanie Frost added 14 points. Vanessa Kresin scored 13 points. Bethel was led by Lauren Ulrich with 15 points and Katie Regier with 10 points. Fox cited the play of sophomore Brittany Bates for her play off the bench. “She played with a really stiff back today, and that kept her on the court in spurts,” Fox said. “That slowed her down on defense. She can be a great defender when she puts her mind to it. She hit some big shots. She was confident.” Bethel was outscored from the free throw line 18-15, the narrowest margin in several weeks. Total free throws were 28-23 in Wesleyan’s favor. Bethel was called for 23 fouls to 18 for the Coyotes, also the narrowest margin in a while. Bethel fell behind 11-2 early. Down 15-5, Bethel charged back, tying the game on an Ulrich three-point play with 9:28 remaining in the half. The Threshers then gave up an 18-8 run to end the half, trailing 38-28. Bethel was outscored 15-8 from the free throw line in the first half. Most of the Wesleyan free throws came late in the half. Bethel fell behind by as many as 17 early in the second half. Bethel fought back within 12, only to fall back by as many as 21, effectively ending the game. Bethel falls to 6-17, 2-12 in the KCAC. The Threshers are tied for ninth place with the top eight advancing to the playoffs. Bethel plays at 6 p.m. Thursday at Ottawa, which is one game ahead of the Threshers in the standings. Ottawa fell to Tabor 57-55 Saturday for the Braves’ sixth straight loss. Ottawa won the first game with Bethel 68-50. “It’s going to be another game like this one,” Fox said. “Ottawa spreads you out like KWU and Southwestern. We’re going to have to defend in space, so it will be hard for the post players.”
    Page 2 of 2 - BETHEL (6-17, 2-12) — Durant 2-15 3-5 7, Ulrich 5-10 3-4 15, Regier 3-13 4-8 10, Zerger 1-3 0-0 3, Wilkerson 3-7 3-4 9, Ebenkamp 1-5 2-2 4, Brit.Bates 3-6 0-0 6, Tschetter 1-2 0-0 2, Bright 0-1 0-0 0, Scott 1-1 0-0 2, Bria.Bates 0-1 0-0 0, TOTALS 20-64 15-23 58. KANSAS WESLEYAN (14-9, 9-4 KCAC) — Frost 6-9 2-4 14, Cassity 6-11 3-6 16, Kresin 5-12 3-4 13, Smith 2-11 0-1 6, Olson 2-2 2-3 7, Britton 2-5 2-2 7, LeShore 2-2 5-6 9, Heim 1-5 0-0 3, Greving 0-0 1-2 1, TOTALS 26-57 18-28 76. Bethel 28 30 —58 K.Wes. 39 37 —76 Total fouls — BC 23, KW 18. Technical fouls — none. Fouled out — BC: Regier. 3-point shooting — BC 3-9 (Ulrich 2-3, Zerger 0-3, Wilkerson 0-2, Bright 0-1), KW 6-18 (Frost 0-1, Cassity 1-3, Kersin 0-3, Smith 2-4, Olson 1-1, Britton 1-1, Heim 1-5). Rebounds — BC 42 (Durant 8), KW 44 (Cassity 12). Assists — BC 6 (Ulrich 3), KW 8 (Olson 4). Turnovers — BC 18 (Zerger 4), KW 15 (Cassity 5). Blocked shots — BC 4 (Tschetter 2), KW 9 (Frost 4). Steals — BC 7 (Durant 2, Ulrich 2), KW 11 (Kresin 4).
     
     

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