SALINA — The McPherson College women’s basketball improvement is making the Bulldogs more competitive, but not resulting in wins.
The Bulldogs lost 75-63 Saturday afternoon to York College in the Kansas Wesleyan Classic. Earlier this season, the Panthers defeated the Bulldogs by 24 points.
A good sign in this game was that Mac turned it over only four times in the second half and had 16 for the game, well below its average.
The problem in this game was putting the ball in the basket, as Mac was just 5 of 29 from 3-point.
“We’ve just got to shoot the ball better,” Mac coach Gordon Reimer said. “Our shooting percentage is just not there yet from 3. We don’t have a lot of 3-point shooters. I guess we’ve got two and when they’re off, then we don’t have another one to go to.”
It was a breakout game for freshman point guard Zatorian Abra, who scored 18 points and did not commit a turnover in 24 minutes. She also brought some excitement and athleticism to the lineup.
“Zotie did some really nice things for us,” Reimer said. “She scored for us and got some steals. If we can have that Zotie every game, that would be great.”
Bailey Brown just missed a double-double with 10 points and nine rebounds. Sunny Smart did as well, with nine points and 10 rebounds.
Cory Minjarez led the Panthers with 22 points.
Mac, now 2-14 overall, plays Thursday at Sterling in the return to KCAC action. The Bulldogs are 1-3 in conference play.
Mac (63) — Atkins 8, Brown 10, S. Smart 9, Jefferson 2, Demaret 8, Abra 18, G. Smart 2, Acklin 6.
York (75) — Lopez 8, Esquivel 8, Swope 9, Echols 2, Minjarez 22, Maher 2, Eller 5, Payne 14, Nelson 5.