SALINA — Going into Friday, Victoria Gonzalez had played in only six games and scored 19 points for McPherson College’s women’s basketball team.
Given a chance for more playing time against Dakota State in the second day of the Kansas Wesleyan Classic, Gonzalez scored 16 points to lead the Bulldogs to what had to be considered an upset, 66-50.
With the victory, the Bulldogs ended a six-game losing streak.
Dakota State just a day earlier had taken KCAC powerhouse Kansas Wesleyan down to the wire before losing, so the Bulldogs were definitely facing an uphill challenge since they had lost to the Coyotes by 31.
Gonzalez, who is a post player by trade, also stepped out and hit a couple of 3-pointers in going 6-of-10 from the field.
Brooklyn Coe chipped in with 13 points and another seldom-used player, Emma Van Doselaar, tallied 10.
But they started fast for the second straight day and their defense was suffocating. Mac led 34-16 at the half and while it gave up 20 points in the third quarter to let the Trojans back in the game, the Bulldogs closed it out strong.
The victory gives Mac some momentum to take into 2017 as it is now 8-8 and its first KCAC game of the new year comes on Thursday at York, which is winless in conference play.
Mac (66) — Coe 13, Richardson 7, Holt 4, Battle 4, Zimmerman 4, Gonzalez 16, Van Doselaar 10, Racette 3, Kuhn 3, Harlow 2.
Dakota State (50) — Olson 12, Plautz 8, Jones 5, Wagner 5, Frazier 8, Tebben 7, Criddle 2, Vogel 2, Marsh 1.