McPherson College women’s basketball coach Gordon Reimer returns for the first time to the scene of his greatest success.
Reimer and the Bulldogs go to Salina Thursday to take on Kansas Wesleyan, which enjoyed KCAC and national tournament success under his guidance.
Game time is 6 p.m., with the women to follow. There will be no KBBE radio coverage due to McPherson High playing in Andale.
Reimer’s Bulldogs are 4-10 in the KCAC and 8-18 overall in his first year, as he was hired right as school started and did not recruit any players. The Coyotes, whose core players are those who Reimer recruited, are 7-7 in the KCAC and 12-13 overall. Their trio of Vanessa Kresin, Christian Cassity and Alecia Smith is as good as any triumvirate in the conference.
Mac has lost 12 of its last 13 games after entering Christmas 3-1 in the KCAC and 7-6 overall.
In the men’s game, the Bulldogs are playing a dangerous Kansas Wesleyan team, which is 2-12 in the KCAC and has just four wins overall. The Coyotes, though, have led late in many games this year, but can’t seal the deal. They had the Bulldogs down 18 at the Sport Center in the first meeting, only to see Mac claw back for the victory.
The Coyotes are a tremendous offensive team, shooting 3-pointers from all over. But they’re one of the weaker defensive teams and the Bulldogs hope to exploit that.
Mac is 5-9 in the KCAC and 12-14 overall. It is going to need some late-season magic if it’s to make the NAIA National Tournament for an unprecedented fifth year in a row.