Mac women explode for 104 in season opener

By Steve Sell
October 31, 2017
McPherson College Sports Information-file

The primary goal heading into this season for McPherson College women’s basketball coach Gordon Reimer was for the Bulldogs to be better offensively.

Mac hung its hat on its defense last year, but in games it lost it mainly was due to a lack of firepower.

So imagine Reimer’s surprise on Monday when his team broke the century mark with a 104-59 season-opening victory over Randall University, a team the Bulldogs have barely outlasted the last couple of years.

“That was the one thing I stressed going into recruiting for this year and playing for this year that we’ve got to score a lot more points than we were doing,” said Reimer, whose team goes up against a pair of teams later this week that will be Top 25 worthy in Bellevue and Haskell. “I feel like the pieces we have picked up have fit in nicely. We’re sharing the basketball really well, getting that extra pass, getting somebody a wider-open shot.”

Junior transfer Sonerka White made one of the splashiest debuts in recent Bulldog memory. The Houston native poured in 26 points in 24 minutes, displaying both range with three 3-pointers and the ability to drive to the basket, as well as drawing fouls as she was 7 of 9 from the line.

Junior Kristina Battle added 16 points, 4 assists and 3 steals as this may be the year she emerges as one of the best point guards in the KCAC. Sophomore forward Danielle Holt, after a scoreless first half, finished with a double-double with 10 points and 10 rebounds.

Reigning KCAC Freshman of the Year Cami Richardson, an All-KCAC Preseason Team pick, added 8 points, 9 rebounds and 3 assists.

This may be a deeper Mac team as the bench furnished 42 points. Freshman Nicole Abunaja showed she might be a zone-buster by knocking down three treys for 9 points and Brooke Racette added 8 while providing her usual hustle at both ends of the floor.

The Bulldogs had 21 assists to just 8 for the Saints. Mac’s only drawback on the night was free throwing as it was just 20 of 32, but did show good form in the second half by making 11 of 13.

Isabella Bacon, who played last year for the Bulldogs before transferring at semester to be closer to home, scored 14 points for the Saints, one behind team leader Morgan Fletcher.

The Bulldogs host powerhouse Bellevue at 6 p.m. Friday as part of the McPherson College Classic.

Mac (104) — Holt 10, Battle 16, White 26, Coe 2, Richardson 8, Kuhn 5, Olvera 5, Milum 6, Abunaja 9, Racette 8, Gillen 2, Zimmerman 7.

Randall (59) — Bacon 14, Wells 13, Burns 2, Jones 1, Fletcher 15, Moniz 9, Chaflant 5.