LINDSBORG — The Bethany College women stole the spotlight Tuesday night as the Swede basketball teams opened their 2015-16 seasons against Doane College at Hahn Gym.
The Swede women, the last-place team in the KCAC last year, won 60-57 when Leslie Caballero drained a 3-pointer with 22.1 seconds left.
She unfortunately was injured on the play as Tiffani Jackson came on to make the free throw for the rare 4-point play. The Swedes then held off the Tigers to come away with the victory.
Adriane Davis scored 22 points to lead Bethany after going 0 of 8 from the field in the first half. Dominique Davis scored 13 to aid the cause.
“I'm really proud of the fight and determination we showed tonight," Bethany coach Brett Morehouse said. "We came out flat to start the second half and got down double-digits (15), but our upperclassmen really stepped up, got active in the press and were able to create a mini-run that completely turned the momentum around. We missed a lot of layups and struggled a bit on the boards, but defensively we were solid and we can only get better in these areas as we move forward."
• Doane men 99, Bethany 78 — This was a stunner.
Many believe the high-octane Swedes have Top 10-caliber of talent, but they forgot to play on the defensive end as the final 21-point margin was actually misleading as they were down by 31 at one point.
Doane, however, has historically played well against the KCAC, including two wins over conference champion Tabor last year.
Jonathan Gidson led the Swedes with 29 points, while Aaron Cooley added 12 and Gary Jones scored 10. Expected preseason All-American Cody Harris never got it going and scored just two.