Swede women continue to climb in KCAC

By Steve Sell
February 08, 2018

BARTLESVILLE, Okla. — Not only are the Bethany College women in the KCAC basketball playoffs, they could very well host a first-round game.

The Swedes moved into a three-way tie for second place on Wednesday by knocking off the team that had been ahead of them, Oklahoma Wesleyan. The top four teams earn first-round home games.

And it was a rout as the Swedes scored their most impressive road win of the year, 62-44.

Coach Keith Ferguson’s team is now 12-7 in the KCAC and 16-10 overall after missing the playoffs in his first year at the helm. The Swedes, Oklahoma Wesleyan and Saint Mary are now tied for second as Friends has run away from the field at 17-2.

Samirah Miller continued her recent hot shooting off the bench with a team-high 16 points. Canton-Galva grad Cassidy Enns and Marissa Pope scored 10 apiece and Lauren Welsch yanked down 11 rebounds.

The Swedes are home Saturday to take on Saint Mary before playing their final two games on the road.

• Oklahoma Wesleyan men 96, Bethany 67 — The slide continued for the Swede men, who have not won since overcoming a 20-point halftime deficit to beat McPherson College.

This one was ugly as Bethany trailed by 18 points at the half.

Freshman Isiah Saenz led Bethany with 22 points and Mookie Duncan tallied 14. Tyler Larking furnished 11.

Bethany gets Saint Mary at Hahn Gym on Saturday.