LINDSBORG — Bethany College’s women are closing in on hosting a KCAC home playoff basketball game.
The Swedes took one step closer on Saturday by outlasting Saint Mary 82-80 in overtime at Hahn Gym.
The streaking Swedes are now 13-7 in the conference with one week left to play and 17-10 overall, as second-year coach Keith Ferguson has engineered an amazing turnaround as Bethany missed the playoffs last year.
Bethany and Oklahoma Wesleyan are now tied for second, while Saint Mary had been tied with both teams before the game and fell back into fourth. The top four teams host first-round games.
Canton-Galva standout Cassidy Enns rolled up more big numbers for Bethany with 20 points and Sarah Bartel scored 15. Lauren Welsch had a double-double with 11 points and 12 rebounds, while Marissa Pope also hit for double figures with 10. Tiani White led four Saint Mary players in double figures with 17.
Bethany goes on the road next week for two games to close out the regular season, starting with Wednesday’s game at Southwestern.
• SAINT MARY MEN 78, BETHANY 62 — The Swede men are limping to the finish line.
Bethany has lost seven straight and is in the basement of the KCAC at 3-17. The Swedes are 7-21 overall.
This one was all Saint Mary as the Spires improved on a 41-28 halftime lead in a hurry, starting the second half with a 10-3 run.
Late addition to the team, Mookie Duncan, is giving Swedes hope for the future. He had 12 points and 11 rebounds as he’ll be a force next year once he has a full season as he wasn’t eligible until the second semester. Jesse Patrick added 11.
The Swedes play at KCAC leader Southwestern on Wednesday.