Bethany cagers swept by Southwestern

By Steve Sell
January 11, 2018

LINDSBORG — Just after Bethany College’s women had upset conference title contender  Sterling on Saturday, the Swedes were upset themselves on Wednesday by lowly Southwestern, which had entered the night with a 2-8 KCAC record.

The Moundbuilders came into Hahn Gym and sprang a 63-54 upset on Bethany, as the Swedes finished the first time through the KCAC with a 6-5 record and are 10-8 overall.

Southwestern used a 19-13 second-quarter run to grab the lead and the Swedes just could never get anything going offensively, finishing the game making just 20 of 65 shots. The only burst came early in the second half with a 10-0 run to take a brief lead, but Southwestern regained the momentum.

KCAC Player of the Year candidate Jordyn Miller topped the Builders with 18 points.

Lauren Welsch and Sydney Ahaneku led Bethany with 17 and 13 points, respectively.The Swedes head to North Newton on Saturday to take on Bethel.

• SOUTHWESTERN MEN 67, SOUTHWESTERN 57 — Bethany did a tremendous defensive job on No. 8-ranked Southwestern, but couldn’t muster up enough offense.

Southwestern had come into the game averaging 92 points, but the Swedes battled hard on the defensive end.

Unfortunately, all that defensive impetus led to an offensive outage as Bethany is now 2-9 in the KCAC, 6-13 overall.

Tyler Larkin topped the Swedes with 14 points, with Thomas Hood and Isiah Saenz added 12. Cameron Hunt, possibly the KCAC’s Player of the Year, poured in 24 for the Builders.

The Swede men go to Bethel on Saturday.