Swede cagers split with Ottawa

By Steve Sell
December 03, 2017

LINDSBORG — The Bethany College women let it get away in regulation, but not in overtime on Saturday.

The Swedes led by 18 points at halftime against Ottawa, but the Braves came roaring back, even taking the lead late in the game. Bethany, though, did force overtime and wound up outscoring the Braves 10-8 for a 60-58 victory to improve to 2-3 in the KCAC and 6-6 overall as it appears those who picked the Swedes near the bottom of the standings in the preseason may have miscalculated.

Lauren Welsch, who is a candidate for top newcomer in the KCAC, had another double-double with 15 points and 11 rebounds to lead the Swedes. Sydney Ahaneku added 11 points.

Jessica King topped Ottawa, now 1-4 in the KCAC, with 16 points.

Bethany has a great chance to get back to .500 in the KCAC when it goes to York on Wednesday, then has another road trip on Saturday to Tabor. The Swedes have played four of their first five KCAC games at home.

• OTTAWA MEN 84, BETHANY 68 — Coming off an emotional win over Friends on Wednesday, the Swedes suffered through a letdown as they are now 2-3 in the KCAC and 5-7 overall.

This one was all about rebounding as the Braves grabbed 53 to just 36 for the Swedes. In improving t0 3-2 in the KCAC and 3-6 overall, Ottawa was led by Hollis Mitchell with 19 points.

That total was matched by Bethany guards Tyler Larkin and Thomas Hood. 

The Swedes play two of the KCAC’s best teams on the road next week, Wednesday at York and Saturday at Tabor.