YORK, Neb. — McPherson College’s women’s basketball team didn’t want to be “the one.”
You know, the first victim of a team that hasn’t won a game all year.
Winless York College pushed the Bulldogs throughout Thursday’s KCAC matchup, but Mac woke up from its offensive slumber in the fourth quarter with a 20-point outburst to keep the Panthers winless in 15 games, 62-57.
In York’s defense, it has lost several close games. It appeared for quite a while it might finally break through as it led Mac 30-25 at the half and 43-42 going into the fourth quarter.
But the Bulldogs played with urgency the last 10 minutes to move past the .500 mark overall at 9-8 and pull within a game of .500 in the KCAC standings at 4-5.
Emma Van Doselaar came off the bench to spark the Bulldogs with 14 points. Cami Richardson had another double-double with 13 points and 10 rebounds, while Brooklyn Coe chipped in with 12 points.
Mac survived despite shooting just 20 of 58 from the field and was 17 of 30 from the line.
Justine Manjarrez came off the bench to lead York with 14 points.
The Bulldogs are home on Saturday for a 3 p.m. game with Ottawa.
Mac (62) — Richardson 13, Coe 12, Battle 9, Holt 5, Zimmerman 4, Van Donselaar 14, Kelly 4, Gonzalez 1.
York (57) — Kleber 13, Fike 12, Esquivel 4, Smtih 4, Manjarrez 14, Sharkey 5, Hackel 3, Pittman 2.
• YORK MEN 115, MAC 103 — This was just crazy.
York’s men exploded for 67 first-half points, but could never quite shake the Bulldogs before settling for the 12-point win to stay a game back of conference-leading Tabor.
York, now 7-2 in the KCAC, led by as many as 23 in the first half, 50-27, but the Bulldogs caught fire to get to 50 points by halftime, though that left them down 17.
The Bulldogs never quit, getting as close as 101-97, but York was able to fend off Mac’s upset bid.
As you would expect, there were some huge numbers in the game. Aaron Bachura poured in a career-high 34 points to lead the Bulldogs, making 7 of 15 from 3-point. DeAndre Henson, Grant Raleigh and Thomas Butler all scored 16. Butler and Henson had double-doubles as Butler yanked down 13 rebounds and Henson snatched 11.
“We showed some fight tonight when we were way behind," Mac coach Tim Swartzendruber said. "I'm proud of our effort overall. York is extremely talented. They made some tough shots down the stretch when we had closed the gap."
York had six players in double figures, was led by Cameron Coleman with 24 points, while Johnny Cooksey and Keith Mack added 20 apiece. The Panthers were 44 of 77 from the field (14 of 29 from 3-point).
Mac is now 1-8 in the KCAC and 7-10 overall. It has another tough opponent on Saturday when Ottawa invades the Sport Center for a 5 p.m. contest.
Mac (103) — Bachura 34, Henson 16, Raleigh 16, Butler 16, Rowell 4, Munsen 8, Windholz 5, O’Hara 4.
York (115) — Coleman 24, Cooksey 20, Mack 20, Lenear 8, Howe 3, Malbrough 13, Tripplett 13, Johnson 13, Dean 1.