It appears McPherson College’s women have made an upgrade in 2016 over the team that finished up 2015 with a 5-12 record.
In their first action of the New Year, the Bulldogs played easily their best game of the season on Thursday against future KCAC member York College, pounding the Panthers 77-48 at the Sport Center.
York, which had scored 87 points against KCAC school Saint Mary right before Christmas, was just 16 of 46 from the field and turned it over a whopping 28 times, while the efficient Bulldogs had just 11 miscues.
“We knew they could knock it down from 3-point,” said Mac coach Gordon Reimer, whose team gave up just three treys to a team that made 14 in its previous game. “We really worked on that this week. We’ve been working on a lot stuff. We had two-a-days after the games last week and it was nice to see everybody execute what we had been working on.”
Mac started fast with a 25-point first quarter, keyed by the inspired play of Georgia Smart off the bench. She had seven of her team-high 16 points in the period.
The Bulldogs held even in the second period to lead 41-30 at the half, then put the game on ice with a dominating 24-8 third quarter as the Panthers made only 2 of 14 shots.
The largest lead was 31 as 11 of the 12 Bulldogs who played got into the scoring column.
“We put in some different things offensively where we can get it into the post,” Reimer said. “We need to be a more balanced team.”
Ashton Bruner had a fine all-around game with 15 points, eight rebounds and six assists as she took advantage of the new offense to time and again find open players with pinpoint passes. Sunny Smart rifled in four 3-pointers and scored 14 points, while the always-reliable Bailey Brown scored 11, even though she played sparingly in the first half because of foul trouble.
The Bulldogs are home on Saturday as they return to KCAC action hosting Sterling at 5 p.m. at the Sport Center.
Mac (77) — Bruner 15, Brown 11, S. Smart 14, G. Smart 16, Jefferson 3, Battle 8, Racette 1, McClellan 1, Kelly 2, Acklin 2, Lee 4.
York (48) — Eller 10, Wilson 5, Maher 2, Ford 6, Kleber 8, Womack 4, Nelson 1, Esquivel 6, Sharkey 4, Shafer 2.