It was “Newcomers Night” on Wednesday for the McPherson College women’s basketball team.
First-year players accounted for 61 of the Bulldogs’ 84 points in their easy 84-51 rout of city counterpart Central Christian College at Alexander Arena.
“This bunch is continually getting better,” said Mac coach Gordon Reimer, whose team is now 3-1 on the season. “We’re talking about five freshmen and five sophomores. We’re taking steps and tonight was another step in the right direction. We were making the extra pass and getting good shots. We had excellent ball movement.”
Newcomer Isabella Bacon came off the bench to drain three 3-pointers in the first quarter to set the tone as Mac sprinted to a 22-11 lead. The Bulldogs doubled the Tigers by the same score in the second quarter for a 44-22 halftime advantage.
Bacon wound up draining 7 of 10 treys for 21 points to lead the Bulldogs.
“That’s a really good weapon to come off the bench with,” Reimer said. “When we need energy or a spark, she is really good at providing that.”
New transfer Brooklyn Coe made 7 of 8 shots on her way to 18 points, while yet another first-year player, freshman Cami Richardson, had a nice stat line with 10 points, 7 rebounds and 4 assists. Kristina Battle, one of the actual “veterans” even though she’s only a sophomore, also scored 10.
Freshman Danielle Holt was a titan on the boards, ripping down 15 rebounds as Mac had a 54-31 rebounding advantage.
The Tigers, who have only seven players, fought valiantly, but with no inside presence they were reduced to shooting 3s. CCC was 15 of 60 from the field, making 8 of 40 from beyond the arc. Piper Kalthoff and Abbie Banks scored 14 points to share team honors and Kelsey Grimaldo added 11.
Mac is home on Saturday to take on St. Gregory’s. Tip time at the Sport Center is 5 p.m. Thursday is the KCAC opener when county rival Bethany comes to town.
Central, 1-4, is going to be exhausted by the end of the week. It already has played two games and has two more still to go as it hosts Grace University on Friday and Oklahoma Wesleyan on Saturday as part of the Classic for Christ.
Mac (84) — Holt 8, Zimmerman 2, Battle 10, Coe 18, Richardson 10, Bacon 21, Racette 5, Kelly 1, Allen 7, Gonzalez 2.
Central (51) — Glessner 6, Kalthoff 14, Grimaldo 11, Banks 14, Hearne 3, Rhoton 3.