Mac women prevail in defensive slugfest

By Steve Sell
January 25, 2015
McPherson College Sports Information

It’s too bad that McPherson College’s women can’t play Bethany every game.

The Bulldogs now have three wins on the season after Saturday’s 51-45 victorious slugfest with their county rival. Two of those wins have come against the Swedes.

And this one had quite a remarkable statistic.

The Bulldogs were dominant in the first half to compile a 32-14 lead, as they held the Swedes to just 16 percent. The Bulldogs shot it well, making 11 of 24, including 6 of 11 from beyond the arc.

But in the second half, Mac amazingly went the first 16:36 without a field goal, staying afloat only because of its free throwing. The Bulldogs were just 1 of 17 in the second half from the field, but their defense was so good Bethany couldn’t ever get the game tied.

The Bulldogs, who snapped a 10-game losing streak as their last win had been in the KCAC opener on the Swedes’ home floor, were led by Bailey Brown and Sunny Smart with 12 points apiece. Brown made 10 of 12 free throws and Smart 6 of 6. The rest of the Bulldogs were just 5 of 12.

The victory was the Bulldogs’ first at the Sport Center this season.

Royce Shields scored 18 for the Swedes and Adriane Davis was held to 10, as she made just 3 of 16 shots. For the game, Bethany was 15 of 62.

The Bulldogs, now 2-8 in the KCAC and still in danger of missing the eight-team playoffs, host Bethel on Wednesday. Bethany, 0-10 in the KCAC and 1-21 overall, is home to play Ottawa that same night.

Mac (51) — Brown 12, S. Smart 12, Abra 9, Jefferson 6, G. Smart 6, James 3, Atkins 3.

Bethany (45) — Shields 18, Davis 10, Ahaneku 2, Chanco 2, Jackson 6, Norton 3, Cleveland 2, Shetlar 2.