LINDSBORG — The Keith Ferguson women’s basketball era at his alma mater Bethany College kicked off on Friday with a 73-53 loss to Hastings College, which received votes in the preseason NAIA national poll.
Bethany fell behind by 11 points after the first quarter, but then played relatively competitive the rest of the way.
Tehya Peters led Bethany with 14 points, while Samm Ashida scord 12. Also in double figures was the top returning player, Kimi Lindshield, with 10.
“Hastings showed why they are a national tournament team," Ferguson said. "They did a great job of taking us out of what we wanted to do. We took some steps in the right direction, but made some young mistakes. I liked the effort we played with, especially in the fourth quarter."
Bethany plays the first of four in a row on the road on Tuesday against Midland University of Nebraska.