Swede women topple rival KW

By Steve Sell
January 21, 2018

LINDSBORG — It’s about time for Bethany College’s Keith Ferguson to be in the talk for KCAC Women’s Basketball Coach of the Year.

Ferguson, in his second year, has revitalized the Swedes’ program and they scored one of the signature wins of his tenure on Saturday with a 62-48 victory over arch-rival Kansas Wesleyan at rocking Hahn Gym.

The two teams are now tied in the KCAC at 9-5, good for fifth place. Bethany is 13-8 overall and has won 8 of its last 10 games.

Samirah Miller provided a boost off the bench as she lit it up for 20 points to lead the Swedes. Marissa Pope chipped in with 10. Gabbie Miller’s 12 points led KW.

Bethany has a tough week coming up with road games at Friends and Ottawa on Wednesday and Saturday, respectively.

• KW MEN 80, BETHANY 77 — The Swedes could not complete the sweep as the Coyotes saw a game-long lead get away late, only to recapture it for the win.

The Coyotes led by as many as 13 in the second half, but the Swedes charged back and finally took the lead at 72-70. The teams then swapped the lead a couple of times, but a Darrius Hammond basket gave KW the lead for good.

Bethany missed a last-second 3-point attempt that would have forced overtime.

The loss dropped Bethany to 3-11 in the KCAC and 7-15 overall. Tyler Larkin topped Bethany with 22 points, while Isiah Saenz had 15. Rashun Allen topped KW with 15, Darius Hammond scored 14 and Rashun Allen added 12.