LINDSBORG — The Bethany College women just might be a factor in the KCAC basketball race during the second round of conference play — at least deciding who makes the playoffs.
Bethany ended the first time through the KCAC on a positive note with an 89-81 upset of Saint Mary on Thursday at Hahn Gym.
Bethany finished the first half 3-8 and is 5-12 overall with another home game scheduled for Saturday against McPherson College. With such a mass of teams in the middle of the standings, the Swedes are still alive for one of the eight playoff spots.
Samm Ashida poured in 22 points for Bethany, while Samirah Miller chipped in with 18. Kimi Lindshield had a double-double with 17 points and 12 rebounds.
Bethany made 12 of 14 free throws down the stretch to clinch the victory.
Candy De Los Reyes led Saint Mary with 22. It was a damaging loss for Saint Mary, now 5-6 in the KCAC as it’s in a battle for a Top 8 spot.
• SAINT MARY MEN 103, BETHANY 78 — What on earth has happened to the Swedes?
They began the 2017 portion of the schedule just a game back of Tabor, but their defense unraveled in the lopsided loss, their fourth in a row overall.
Bethany closed the first half at 6-5 in the KCAC and it is now under the .500 mark overall at 9-10.
Grant Greenberg made history for Saint Mary as he passed the 3,000-point mark for his career, the first Kansas college player to hit that mark. He recently passed KU’s Danny Manning for first on the all-time Kansas college list.
Greenberg scored 32 points in the game.
Jalen Thompson led the Swedes with 15 points. Cody Harris and Tyler Larkin tallied 12 apiece and Khalid Washington added 11.