LINDSBORG — It hasn’t taken Keith Ferguson very long to turn around the fortunes of the Bethany College women’s basketball program.
In just his second year, Ferguson has the Swedes in the KCAC’s upper division and Saturday they scored the signature win of their season with a stunning 75-71 upset of Sterling, which cost the Warriors a share of the KCAC lead.
Sydney Ahaneku led Bethany with 14 points, one more than Canton-Galva grad Cassidy Enns. Marissa Pope and Lauren Welsch chipped in with 11 apiece.
Kylah Comley, the NAIA’s third-leading scorer, funneled in 29 points to lead the Warriors, 23 of those in the second half.
Bethany improved to 10-7 on the season and 6-4 in the KCAC as it’s now in the hunt for the KCAC title after not even making the eight-team playoffs last year.
• STERLING MEN 76, BETHANY 60 — This was a brutal loss for the Swedes, as they needed to win at home against a team that had won just once in KCAC play entering the night.
Six Warriors hit for double figures, led by JaMiah Windom-Haynes’ 14 points. Tyler Larkin led Bethany with 14.
Sterling put the game away at the free throw line, making 18 of 23 in the second half.
The Swedes wrap up the first time through the conference on Wednesday when they host Southwestern. Bethany is 2-8 in the KCAC, 6-12 overall.