The Abby Schmidt show returned to Thresher Gym on Wednesday night for the Bethel College women’s basketball team’s 69-58 win over York College.
Schmidt, the BC senior from Newton, posted her 50th career double-double. She scored 25 points with 18 rebounds. She added six blocked shots and two steals.
She fought through some foul trouble in the second and third quarters.
"One thing we preach is just keep playing through it," Schmidt said. "The next player on the bench is ready to step up. Kayla (Newman) came in and gave us some really good minutes. We just trust in our teammates. Our teammates will be our help. We believe we are the better team and will get the win."
"Credit to Abby. She works so hard on her game every day," Bethel coach Drew Johnson said. "In the second half, they really sunk the paint and tried to make touches for her really hard. I’m proud of her and proud of her effort. It couldn’t happen to a better player and a better person."
Bethel bounced back from a game last week where they lost a 10-point lead, getting outscored 29-15 in the fourth quarter in a 75-65 loss to University of Sciences and Arts of Oklahoma. This time, Bethel was able to withstand a late charge.
"Once again, it is just one possession at a time," Schmidt said. "We hang our hand on defense. We try to get stops and draw fouls."
Schmidt had to adjust to some new teammates in the starting lineup this season.
"We have a really connected group," Schmidt said. "Our practices have been the best practices I’ve had in my four years. We have a really bought-in group of newcomers. Our old pieces are meshing together well. I’m having the time of my life for my final year here."
Josie Calzonetti added 11 points with five assists for Bethel.
York, 2-1, was led by Julia Trujillo with 21 points and eight rebounds. Yionis Keith scored 12 and Brileigh Slaughter scored 10.
Down 10-2 to start the game, Bethel finished the first quarter on a 22-7 run.
"It felt like there were defensive mistakes that we were inflicting on ourselves opposite of what the scouting report was," Johnson said. "The time out (at 10-2) was to just remind them of a couple scouting report changes we needed to make. We needed to get back to our emphasis."
Bethel outscored York 8-0 to start the second quarter. York got as close as five in the quarter. A Julia Trujillo reverse layup with 15 seconds left in the half got York within nine, 39-30.
Bethel led by as many as 14 in the third quarter. York rallied back to within six. Bethel led by eight at the end of the quarter, 50-42.
York scored the first four points of the fourth quarter. Schmidt got her double-double in the span. Schmidt broke the run with a pair of free throws. A Schmidt layup with 5:39 remaining put Bethel back up by 10. York again replied to get within six. Macie Price hit two free throws with 2:22 remaining to break the Panther run. Schmidt followed with a layup to put the Threshers back up by 10.
"(York) is very talented," Johnson said. "They play really hard and they have a never-quit attitude. They battled. We made sure they never got closer than (four)."
Bethel plays at 5 p.m. Friday at Avila, which dropped to 1-1 after a 74-60 loss to McPherson College.
"That’s a quick turnaround," Johnson said. "They have a really good player in Matti Morgan. We’re going to have our hands full defending her all night. Then they have some other pieces that we’re going to have to figure out and figure out what we have to do to defend them. We know walking in the door, Matti Morgan shoots it anywhere in the gym."