BARTLESVILLE, Okla. — McPherson College’s women’s basketball team has been a thorn in the side of Oklahoma Wesleyan the last couple of years.
The Eagles, who were swept by the Bulldogs during the regular season last year and lost this year’s first meeting at the Sport Center, needed a 20-8 third quarter to break open a close game on Saturday. That quarter was the difference as the Eagles came away with a 76-64 victory, dropping the Bulldogs to 6-6 in the KCAC and 10-9 overall.
The Bulldogs shot themselves in the foot at the foul line, making just 9 of 21, while also making only 9 of 27 from 3-point.
Sonerka White came off the bench to provide 15 points for the Bulldogs, while Cami Richardson added 10.
Tiffany Rieger, the one-time Southwestern standout who transferred here last year, poured in 23 points for the Eagles, who are now 9-3 in the KCAC and smack in the title hunt.
Mac hosts Bethany on Wednesday. The Swedes are one game ahead of the Bulldogs in the KCAC standings.
Mac (64) — Richardson 10, Roberts 9, Holt 7, VanDonselaar 6, Coe 5, White 15, Racette 8, Zimmerman 2, Battle 2.
Oklahoma Wesleyan (76) — Rieger 23, Goodwin 14, Hutchins 10, Pospichal 4, Gitau 2, Short 11, Been 6, Merchant 2, Burdick 2, Hajdukovich 2.
• OKLAHOMA WESLEYAN MEN 83, MAC 67 — The Bulldogs had nice balance as all five starters scored in double figures, but there wasn’t much off the bench as Mac is now 1-11 in the KCAC, 4-16 overall.
The Bulldogs were missing starting guard Grant Raleigh, who was out with an injury.
"We started two freshmen, two sophomores and our senior today," Mac coach Tim Swartzendruber said. "We competed well against an extremely talented Oklahoma Wesleyan team. I'm disappointed in losing, but very proud of our effort."
The Bulldogs were down only 40-37 at the half, but went cold in the second half by scoring only 30 points.
Aaron Bachura tallied 16 points to lead the Bulldogs, while Fred Watts scored 14, Garrett Owen added 11, and Jeffrey Oxford and Grant Munsen scored 10 apiece. But Mac had only 6 points off the bench.
Mac did a good job on All-KCAC Breiman Alexander, holding him to 12 on just 4 of 14 from the field. But KJ Malveau stepped in with 20 points and Elbert Lawrence had 18.
Mac can tie Bethany in the KCAC standings with a win Wednesday at the Sport Center. The Swedes are 2-10 in the KCAC.
Mac (67) — Bachura 16, Watts 14, Owen 11, Oxford 10, Munsen 10, Parker III 2, Krsmanovic 2, Wiltfong 2.
Oklahoma Wesleyan (83) — Malveau 20, Lawrence 18, Rowe 11, Wilchombe 11, Feickert 3, Alexander 12, Beck 4, Leitzke 4.