LINDSBORG — Bethany College’s women recorded their first basketball victory of the season during a Swede sweep of Mid-America Christian on Tuesday at Hahn Gym.
The Swedes were a 65-54 winner to end their season-opening losing streak at seven.
The Swedes rode the hot hand of Adriane Davis and Royce Shields, who scored 31 and 20 points, respectively.
Amazingly, Davis scored 28 of the Swedes’ 35 first-half points as they were up 35-28.
“I am really happy for our players," Bethany coach Brett Morehouse said. "This non-conference season has been a tough one, but we knew that the competition was ultimately going to make us better. We still have a long way to go, but we took a step forward tonight and that's our goal — every day a little better."
The Swedes now take a two-week-plus break as they do not play again until Dec. 4 when they open KCAC play hosting McPherson College.
Bethany (65) — Davis 31, Gamboa 1, Shields 20, Shetlar 3, Cleveland 1, Brammer 7, O’Connor 2.
Mid-America (54) — Spatafora 4, Foster 2, Ferguson 3, Brown 10, Kelley 16, Massey 8, Burgess 3, Thompson 6, Love 2.
• Bethany men 99, Mid-America 90 — In a point-fest, the Swedes blazed to a 50-36 halftime lead before holding off a Mid-America rally.
Gary Jones was sensational for the Swedes with 36 points and 10 rebounds. Cody Harris made six more 3-pointers and scored 25 points, while Nathan Coleman added 18 and Jonathan Gidson scored 11. Interestingly, the Swedes just missed the century mark even though only six players scored.
The Swedes, picked eighth in the KCAC preseason poll, are now 4-1 as it appears they are going surpass the so-called experts’ predictions.
“The second half we gave up far too many offensive rebounds, which helped allow them to claw back into it," Bethany coach Clair Oleen said. "In addition we got a little passive offensively, but when our aggressiveness returned we warded off their run and opened some cushion back up."
It was the 499th career victory for Oleen. He’ll go for No. 500 on Saturday when the Swedes host St. Gregory’s.
Bethany (99) — Jones 36, McLin 5, Harris 25, Coleman 18, Peterson 4, Gidson 11.
Mid-America (90) — Davis 28, Farris 18, Wilson 14, Massenburge 5, Smith 7, Warren 2, Hunter 2, Runnels 13, Nwisienyi 1.