MOORE, Okla. — For a first game with a team that had to replace a majority of its scorers, McPherson College women’s basketball coach Gordon Reimer couldn’t have been more pleased.
The Bulldogs made the long trip to Oklahoma and outlasted highly touted Randall University 59-52 on Monday. Game information had not been available earlier.
“We played really well at some points of the game, but there were points where it was obvious that we needed to gel a little more as a team," Reimer said. "For the first night out, on the road with a lot of freshman and sophomores, I thought they did really well."
The Bulldogs were down 11-7 after a quarter, but used a dominating 40-17 advantage over the middle two quarters to grab the game by the throat.
Randall, which came back from a 16-point deficit to Mac last year and eventually won in overtime, couldn’t pull off a miracle rally this time even though it outscored the Bulldogs 24-12 in the final period.
Kristina Battle led Mac with 16 points, the only Bulldog in double figures. Freshman Cami Richardson, from Hesston, had a solid debut with 6 points, 8 rebounds and 3 blocks. Another player who Reimer said caught his eye was Danielle Holt, who had 6 points and 9 rebounds off the bench. Newcomer Isabella Bacon provided instant offense off the bench with 9.
Mac is home on Friday to take on another strong team as Haskell is the opponent at 6 p.m. as part of the McPherson College Classic. The Bulldogs then play Bacone at 4 p.m. Saturday.
Mac (59) — Battle 16, Coe 8, Milum 6, Richardson 6, Zimmerman 2, Harlow 1, Holt 6, Bacon 9, Racette 3, Allen 2.
Randall (52) — Willis 5, Fletcher 4, Perry 6, Parsons 7, Garrard 11, Mays 2, White 17.