At some point, the rest of the KCAC is going to start taking the McPherson College women seriously.
Mac, the overwhelming choice to finish in last place, remained tied for first place with Southwestern here Thursday after its third straight conference win, 76-63 over a flu-plagued Sterling team that played without coach Lonnie Kruse, who was among those with the bug.
All three of Mac’s conference wins have been by double digits.
“I thought the key tonight was that we were going to have to score some points,” Mac coach Gordon Reimer said. “Because I know Sterling can score points. It doesn’t matter how good of a job you do coaching defensively, they will work the ball until they get that shot. I was really proud of our girls offensively, (they) really stepped up and knocked some shots down.”
Mac, which has won six of its last seven to move to 7-6 overall, was in control of this game from start to finish. The Bulldogs sprinted to a 37-24 halftime lead behind 5-of-10 shooting from 3-point and then fended off numerous comeback attempts by the Warriors, whose team has been socked with sickness this week.
Chandler Short came off the bench to provide Mac with a shot in the arm with 16 points, while Aubrey Barton scored 14, Bailey Brown added 11 and another sub, Sunny Smart, furnished 10. Leslie Branch poured in 25 points to lead Sterling, which had won nine of the last 10 meetings between the teams.
The Bulldogs have a huge game coming up Saturday as uber-talented and defending KCAC champion Friends comes to town. It’s a 5 p.m. start and as part of Community Appreciation Night, admission is FREE for everybody.
Mac (76) — Barton 14, Engelbert 9, Gillespie 8, Brown 11, Jefferson 5, Short 16, Smart 10, Atkins 3.
Sterling (63) — Strobel 8, Dauer 7, Faul 11, Branch 25, Waters 7, Colberg 3, Gasper 2.