KANSAS CITY, Mo. – Bethany College’s women kept their KCAC basketball title hopes alive on Thursday by outlasting Avila 69-65 in double-overtime in a make-up game since the teams were postponed on Wednesday.
The Swedes are now 16-5 in the KCAC and still mathematically alive for the championship as they trail Kansas Wesleyan by two games with three left to play.
They have three tough games left, hosting Southwestern on Saturday, then playing Wednesday at Tabor and hosting second-place Sterling next Saturday to close out the season.
The Swedes appeared to have the game well in hand in the first half, taking a 36-27 lead into the break. The Eagles cut it to two going into the fourth quarter and eventually the game went into double-overtime as both teams had chances to win it in the first OT.
Hannah Ferguson had a big game for Bethany with 18 points and 12 rebounds. Lauren Welsch and Autumn Garrett scored 17 and 16 points, respectively.
Bethany is 19-7 overall.
AVILA MEN, 74, BETHANY 71 – The Swedes had two 20-point scorers as Justin Jones and Isiah Saenz tallied 22 and 21, respectively, but they saw their playoff hopes take a big hit with the loss.
Bethany is now 6-15 in the KCAC and has no bargain on Saturday with red-hot Southwestern coming to town. Overall the Swedes are 9-16.
Bethany made a nice rally after being down by 11 points at the half. The Swedes were able to get the game tied on a couple of occasions, but the Eagles were able to make the plays at the end for the key win.