Mac women cruise; Bachura hits milestone in men's loss

By Steve Sell
December 13, 2017

When Sonerka “Slim” White left the Sport Center on Saturday after the McPherson College Bulldogs’ 10-point victory over Ottawa, she had a big bag of ice on her sore ankle and was limping noticeably.

Obviously she’s a whole lot better.

White, who had been quiet in recent games after a blazing start to her season, returned to her early season form on Tuesday at the Sport Center with 25 points to spark Mac past York College, 68-47.

Mac, which led by as many as 27 points, is now a spotless 8-0 at home. The Bulldogs are 5-3 in the KCAC and 9-4 overall as they now have a nice break before returning on Dec. 29 against high-powered University of Science and Arts in the Kansas Wesleyan Classic.

Cami Richardson added 15 points for the Bulldogs and Brooklyn Coe tallied 11. Danielle Holt had another big game on the defensive end with 10 rebounds, to go along with her 8 points.

Ve’a Gauta led York with 14 as the Panthers are now 1-7 in the KCAC and 4-10 overall.

Mac (68) — White 25, Richardson 15, Coe 11, Holt 8, Milum 3, Zimmerman 4, Battle 2.

York (47) — Gauta 14, Rendon 9, Parr 2, Sharkey 2, Fike 2, Williams 7, Shafer 5, Fredenhall 2, Poneome 2, Ramirez 2.

• YORK MEN 103, MAC 98 — It appeared this was going to be the night the Mac men posted their first KCAC win and ended their 10-game losing streak.

The Bulldogs came out on fire by blazing to a 29-8 lead and led by as many as 22 points in the first half before settling for a 51-38 halftime lead.

But York, always one of the highest-scoring teams in the KCAC, was unstoppable in the second half with 65 points.

A stretch where Mac missed 11 straight shots turned the tide and York closed the game strong to send Mac to 0-8 in the KCAC and 1-12 overall. 

The loss spoiled a milestone night by Mac senior Aaron Bachura, who passed the 1,000-point career mark as he finished with 31.

 York is now 5-3 as a loss would have damaged its KCAC standing and it’s 8-5 overall. Trevor Lenear scored 28 for the Panthers.

“We continue to play people close," Mac coach Tim Swartzendruber said. "The fact we haven't won has become a mental block. When York made its run we weren't tough enough. We have gotten better offensively, but, tonight, our defense wasn't up to par."

Grant Raleigh and Grant Munsen added 15 points for Mac, while Frederick Watts had a double-double with 13 points and 10 rebounds. Jeffrey Oxford came off the bench for a career-high 10.

Mac (98) — Bachura 31, Raleigh 15, Munsen 15, Watts 13, Owen 9, Oxford 10, Ellison 3, Parker II 2.

York (103) — T. Lenear 28, Dean 18, Burnett 15, Johnson 13, Smith 3, E. Lenear 12, Roberts 4, Rashid 4, R. Johnson 2, W. Johnson 2.