LEAVENWORTH — The Bethany College women continued their ascent in the KCAC standings on Wednesday by rallying past Saint Mary 64-60 to move into a sixth-place tie with McPherson College, though the Bulldogs currently own the tiebreaker.
Bethany trailed going into the fourth quarter, but outscored the Spires 17-10 to move to 5-4 in the KCAC and 9-7 overall as coach Keith Ferguson’s team has shown much improvement in his second year.
Lauren Welsch led the Swedes with 13 points, while former Canton-Galva star Cassidy Enns scored 12. Marissa Pope and Sydney Ahaneku also were in double figures with 11 and 10 points, respectively.
Candy De Los Reyes, one of the leading candidates for KCAC Player of the Year, topped the Spires with 20 points.
The Swedes have a tough game at home on Saturday as they host Sterling.
• SAINT MARY MEN 94, BETHANY 86, OT — It seemed strange to play Saint Mary without four-time All-American Grant Greenberg, who finally graduated last season after becoming the all-time leading collegiate scorer in Kansas history.
But the Spires can still put up a lot of points, but they needed overtime to outlast the Swedes, who 2-7 in the KCAC and 5-11 overall.
Isiah Saenz, one of the top freshmen in the KCAC, led the Swedes with 19 points. Tyler Larkin scored 13, Reed Stephens added 12 and Thomas Hood had a double-double with 10 points and 13 rebounds.