LINDSBORG — With a 20-game conference schedule, you never know when one of the top teams in the KCAC is going to find itself being surprised.
Oklahoma Wesleyan’s women had been on a tear coming into Saturday’s game with 10th-place Bethany College and another win figured to be a formality.
The Swedes, though, stunned the Eagles 83-79, which ended any hopes they had of winning the KCAC title. Wesleyan is now 10-5 and in third place.
Kimi Lindshield had an amazing night for the Swedes, who are starting to catch fire. She had 15 points, 15 rebounds and a remarkable 10 assists from her post position. The Smoky Valley product is a strong candidate for KCAC Player of the Week honors as she also excelled on Thursday.
Paige Schmidt was the top scorer with 19 points. Joleen Chanco added 18, and Dominique Davis and Sydney Ahaneku tallied 11.
Wesleyan launched a mind-boggling 40 3-pointers, making only 11. For the game, the fast-paced Eagles chucked it 84 times, canning only 28.
Bethany is now 8-15 overall.
• BETHANY MEN 97, OKLAHOMA WESLEYAN 89 — The Swedes completed a great night to be a Bethany supporter.
Bethany is now 6-8 in the KCAC as it continues to battle its way back toward .500 and a higher seed in the playoffs. Jonathan Gidson exploded for 21 second-half points and finished with 25.
Gary Jones scored 20 for the Swedes and Joey Hambtemariam added 17. Larry McLin gave the Swedes four players in doubles with 10.
Bethany is now 9-14 overall as it still has a chance to get back to .500 for the season since the schedule is softening somewhat with games against second-division teams.
Both Swede teams head to McPherson College on Thursday. Bethany swept the earlier twinbill at Hahn Gym.