MUSKOGEE, Okla. — McPherson College’s women’s basketball team went on the road for the first time on Saturday.
It also lost for the first time.
After winning four home games in impressive fashion to open the season, the Bulldogs ventured into Oklahoma to take on Bacone College, which recently had taken defending KCAC champion Friends down to the wire before losing.
The Bulldogs should be somewhat heartened that they went down to the wire with the Warriors as well before Bacone prevailed, 86-79.
After trailing by 9 at halftime, 38-29, the Bulldogs exploded out of the locker room on an 11-0 run to start the third quarter to take the lead.
The Bulldogs were still up as late as 8 minutes left in the game, 65-62, but the Warriors came on strong and held off the Bulldogs at the finish. Mac was down 3 with 24 seconds left to play. Bacone wound up scoring 28 points in the final quarter, while Mac had 50 points in the second half as it’s a much better offensive team than last year.
Brooklyn Coe scored 21 to lead the Bulldogs. Danielle Holt, playing in her home state, added 18 and just missed a double-double with 9 rebounds. Maressah Milum tallied 11 off the bench and Kristina Battle furnished 10. Mac, however, was just 6 of 24 from beyond the arc and made only 13 of 23 free throws.
The Bulldogs begin KCAC play on Wednesday when they host Oklahoma Wesleyan.
Mac (79) — Coe 21, Holt 18, Battle 10, Richardson 7, White 6, Milum 11, Racette 3, Abunaja 3.
Bacone (86) — Miles 17, Drummer 17, Springs 11, Jackson 7, Tims 9, Cleveland 8, Edwards 5, Guillory 5, Baker 4, Raimindi 3.