LEAVENWORTH — Just when it appeared McPherson College’s women’s basketball season was heading south, the Bulldogs came up with a quality performance on Wednesday.
The Bulldogs made the long trip to Leavenworth and left with a 77-69 victory, snapping a four-game losing streak. Mac finished the first time through the KCAC with a 6-5 record and is 10-8 overall after starting the year 7-2.
The score wasn’t an indication of how well Mac played. It shot nearly 60 percent for the game and crashed the boards for a whopping 50-28 rebounding advantage.
Mac set the tone by scoring 25 points in the first quarter.
“The key to the game was rebounding," Mac coach Gordon Reimer said. "We just dominated the rebounds by giving them one shot. Our energy was there tonight. This is a tough place to get a win and I'm proud of what our team accomplished. We were a little short-handed tonight, but the bench came through with Kristina Battle, Brooke Zimmerman and Elle Gillen all stepping in and playing big minutes."
Cami Richardson led the Bulldogs with 17 points, Brittany Roberts tallied 16 and Brooke Racette came off the bench for 11. Danielle Holt yanked down 10 rebounds
KCAC Player of the Year candidate Candy De Los Reyes led Saint Mary with 19. Former McPherson High standout Janae Barnes tallied 9 and pulled down 3 rebounds.
The Bulldogs have another long road trip on Saturday going to Oklahoma Wesleyan. The Bulldogs upset the Eagles in the first meeting at the Sport Center.
Mac (77) — Richardson 17, Roberts 16, Coe 8, VanDonselaar 6, Holt 5, Racette 11, Battle 8, Zimmerman 3, White 2, Gillen 1.
Saint Mary (69) — De Los Reyes 19, Hinkle 14, Bromell 12, Switzer 7, White 4, Bafrnes 9, Parker 3, Bohanon 1.
• SAINT MARY MEN 89, MAC 77 — Down by 25 points at halftime and as many as 30 at one point in the second half, the Bulldogs showed a lot of grit by whittling the deficit to 12 by game’s end.
Saint Mary led 60-30 at one point, but the Bulldogs exploded for a 29-8 deficit to cut it to 68-59 before the rally ran out of steam.
Louis Parker III led the Bulldogs with 14 points, Fred Watts scored 13 and Jeffrey Oxford added 12.
Teyvon Lundy topped Saint Mary with 24.
Mac finished the first go-around 1-10 in the KCAC and is 4-15 overall. It plays at talented Oklahoma Wesleyan on Saturday.
Mac (77) — Watts 13, Owen 9, Raleigh 8, Bachura 7, Munsen 6, Parker III 14, Oxford 12, Ellison 6, Magot 2.
Saint Mary (89) — Lundy 24, Titus 19, Marsh 12, Banks 8, Copeland 7, Cady 8, Denson 7, Meek 4.