WINFIELD — More records fell for the Bethel College women’s basketball team in a 60-46 win over Southwestern Saturday afternoon in KCAC play at the Stewart Field House in Winfield.
Bethel improves to 19-8, 14-8 in KCAC play, extending their school record for wins in a season by one.
Abby Schmidt had 14 rebounds for a total of 297, breaking her single season record from last season by three. She scored nine points with three of four free throws. She has hit 124 free throws, 19 away from the single-season record.
“It’s really exciting,” Schmidt said. “There have been a lot of really great players who have come to Bethel before me. It’s totally a team thing. It’s not an individual thing after all. It doesn’t happen without my teammates boxing out. It’s really special, but it’s also a team achievement. I have complete confidence in them that they are going to do everything we need to do.”
It was Bethel’s first regular-season sweep over the Moundbuilders since before the 2002-03 season.
“It was exciting opportunity to play on the road,” Bethel coach Drew Johnson said. “We control our own destiny now, which is a good spot to be in at the end of the season. We’re going to try and have a good game plan for Friends. Southwestern had a good game plan for us. They never quit and continued to battle, so give them a lot of credit.”
Schmidt is currently third in the NAIA Division II in offensive rebounds a game (4.926), sixth in total rebounds a game (11.0), seventh in total rebounds (297), seventh in blocked shots (56) and eighth in blocked shots a game (2.074).
She has 590 career rebounds, needing just 320 to tie the school record. She needs 36 offensive rebounds to break that school career record. She needs 288 defensive rebounds for that career record. She needs 64 blocked shots for that career record.
“It couldn’t happen to a better player,” Johnson said. “Abby is one of the nicest players and kids you’ll ever meet. She has a relentless work ethic. I think that’s a testament to her getting the rebound record. She works to get balls that are out of her area. She’s willing to do the tough things you need to do to win on a nightly basis. When she has a great night, when she has 25 points and 15 rebounds, that it really shows in the box scores, but it’s nights like tonight where she had nine points and whatever she had with rebounds, that her effect is still felt.”
Jade Brown led Bethel in scoring with 18 points. Freshman Josie Calzonetti scored 14 and freshman Alex Bearup scored 12. Bethel was still down two starters.
“We’re leaning on some of those young kids now,” Johnson said. “When we brought them in, we believed they would be really good players. It’s awesome to see them pan out a bit when we put this roster together. It’s a credit to Josie’s hard work. She started the first game of the season then started to play a little less. When she was called upon, she’s been really, really good. (Freshman guard Kendall Michalski) is still in a boot, so we’re working with the athletic training staff to get her back on the floor. Her return is near. We’re taking it day-by-day.”
Southwestern, 4-23 overall and 3-19 in KCAC play, was led by Jazmyne Laskey with 15 points. Marissa Evans added nine. Southwestern drops its sixth straight.
Bethel jumped out to a 10-0 lead. Southwestern outscored Bethel 6-5 from that point.
The Moundbuilders got back within five early in the second quarter. Bethel then pulled out by as many as 16. A Brown layup off a steal with 32 seconds left in the half kept Bethel up 16 at the half, 32-16.
Bethel got its lead up to 18 early in the third quarter. A Laskey three-point play and Evans layup got the Moundbuilders to within 11 with 5:26 left in the period. Layups by Bearup and Calzonetti broke the run. Schmidt followed with one of two free throws. Schmidt had her record tying rebound in the run along with a steal. A Brown trey put Bethel up by 17. After a pair of Calzonetti free throws put Bethel up by 19 with 27.7 seconds left in the period, Brittany Lawler hit Southwestern’s first 3-pointer to get the Moundbuilders to within 16, 50-34.
Southwestern opened the fourth quarter with a pair of layups. Schmidt broke the record with about eight minutes to play.
Bethel struggled with turnovers early in the period. Brown broke the run with two free throws with 6:33 to play.
The Moundbuilders pulled to within 10 on a Riley Barnes three-point play with 2:33 to play. Laskey hit two free throws 27 seconds later to get within eight.
Bearup put the BC lead back in double figures with a shot with 1:37 to play. Brown followed with a jumper. After a defensive stop, Brown hit two free throws to ice the win.
“We’ve been in a mode where we break (the press) fine, but then throw the ball away in the half court,” Johnson said.
Bethel has a two-game lead over Oklahoma Wesleyan and Friends for fourth place in the conference with two games to play. A Bethel win in either of its final two games clinches a first-round home game in the KCAC post-season playoffs.
Bethel hosts Friends at 6 p.m. Wednesday. The Falcons are 12-15 overall and are coming off a 71-68 loss to Bethany Thursday at home.
Bethel fell to the Falcons 60-59 Jan. 5 in Wichita on a Lexi Evans 3-pointer at the buzzer.
“We just try to look at what we can do to control our destiny,” Johnson said. “A win in these last two will let us host a game. We think it will be really awesome to host a home game. Our home crowds have been awesome. It’s one of those things where we will have a scout ready for them. We’ll use Sunday and Monday to digest and Monday and Tuesday to get ready to play. They’re talented. There’s a reason why they are where they are.”
“We need to keep that game close in mind, you always want revenge on a team that beat you before,” Schmidt said. “It’s a really good motivator for us. We have to be locked in every second. Everyone is still fighting for tournament seeding. We want to be in a good place for the tournament. We also want to protect our house for the seniors. It’s senior night, and that’s important for us too.”
BETHEL (19-8, 14-8 KCAC) — Jade Brown 5-16 7-8 18, Sydney Tenant 0-1 0-0 0, Abby Schmidt 3-5 3-4 9, Alex Bearup 5-12 0-0 12, Riley Schmieder 2-4 0-0 4, Josie Calzonetti 5-11 3-4 14, Caitlin Williams 0-3 0-0 0, Kayla Newman 0-3 2-2 2, Tierra Powell 0-1 1-2 1. TOTALS 20-56 16-20 60.
SOUTHWESTERN (4-23, 3-19 KCAC) — London Futch 1-7 0-0 3, Jazmyne Laskey 6-15 3-3 15, Makala Canada 1-5 0-0 2, Marissa Evans 4-6 1-2 9, Brittany Lawler 1-6 0-0 2, Charon Cheatham 0-3 0-0 0, Claren McCormick 1-3 1-2 3, Rylee Barnes 3-4 1-1 7, Kamy Walck 0-2 0-0 0, Ashley Carrillo 2-9 0-0 4, Alyssa Cox 0-1 1-2 1. TOTALS 19-61 7-10 46.
Total fouls — BC 16, SC 18. Technical fouls — none. Fouled out — none. 3-point shooting — BC 4-17 (Brown 1-2, Bearup 2-7, Calzonetti 1-4, Williams 0-3, Powell 0-1), SC 1-12 (Futch 1-5, Laskey 0-2, Evans 0-1, Lawler 0-1, Cheatham 0-1, Walck 0-2). Rebounds — BC 43 (Schmidt 14), SC 35 (Evans 7). Assists — BC 11 (Brown 4), SC 10 (Laskey 4). Turnovers — BC 20 (Schmidt 7), SC 20 (Evans 4, Futch 4, Canada 4). Blocked shots — BC (Schmidt 2, Schmieder 2), SC (Evans 2, McCormick 2). Steals — BC (Brown 3, Schmidt 3), SC (Laskey 4).