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Tue, Dec. 18, 2012 - [Women's Basketball]

(LIVE VIDEO | LIVE STATS) The Kansas Wesleyan Women's Basketball team plays its final game before the Christmas Break on Tuesday night as the Coyotes host Hastings (Neb.) at 6 p.m., at Mabee Arena.

Live stats will be available by clicking on the Live Stats link on the KWU Athletics website at www.kwucoyotes.com and live video will be available through the Coyote Sports Network by visiting http://kwucoyotes.ihigh.com. Live updates will also be posted on Twitter (@kwucoyotes) and on Facebook (www.facebook.com/kwucoyotes). 

PROBABLE STARTERS FOR KANSAS WESLEYAN
NO.NAMEPPGRPGAPG/SPG
5Stephanie Frost (5-10, Sr., F)10.45.6 
11Jessica Olson (5-5, Fr., G)7.71.92.5 APG
12Christian Cassity (5-10, Jr., G)9.94.1 
31Vanessa Kresin (5-9, So., F)12.66.23.1 SPG
32Alecia Smith (5-9, Jr., F)15.48.6 
     
PROBABALE STARTERS FOR HASTINGS
NO.NAMEPPGRPGAPG/SPG
10Cami Bruckman (5-9, Jr. G)8.84.22.3 SPG
11Chelsey Morten (5-7, Fr., G)10.65.2 
13Brittney Wong (5-3, Sr., G)8.52.91.5 APG
40Melissa Thompson (5-11, Sr., F)5.55.2 
44Laurel Zwiener (6-4, Jr., C)4.84.5 

THE LAST MEETING AND RECENT HISTORY
Hastings won the last meeting between the teams, a 68-64 decisions on December 19 in Hastings, Neb. The Coyotes got 16 points from Rebekah Bunde and 12 from Rhys Pihl and eight rebounds from Stephanie Frost, but it was not enough as Hastings got a 14 point, 10 rebound double-double from Alicia Statler and forced 27 KWU turnovers in the game.

Hastings leads the recent series 3-1, with the only KWU win coming on November 9, 2010, when the Coyotes defeated the Broncos 87-79 at Mabee Arena.

SCOUTING THE COYOTES
The Coyotes are coming off a nine-day break after beating the Friends Falcons 66-60 last Saturday in Salina in overtime. Christian Cassity had a career high 19 points, while Alecia Smith had a 10 point, 11 rebound double-double to earn KCAC Women's Player of the Week honors and Vanessa Kresin dropped in 14 and Stephanie Frost had 11 rebounds. The Coyotes scored the final 11 points of the overtime period to pull away from the Falcons for the win.

The win elevated Wesleyan's record to 5-6 overall and 3-1 in the KCAC. Junior Alecia Smith leads the Coyotes, averaging 15.4 points and 8.6 rebounds in nine games. Frost's 26 points on Thursday is a team season best and while Smith had a team best 14 rebounds at Oklahoma Christian on November 6. Smith leads the KCAC in rebounding, while Vanessa Kresin leads the league in steals, averaging 3.1 per game.

Wesleyan shoots 36.4 percent from the field as a team, and 30.6 percent from 3-point range. The Coyotes score 67.1 points per game, but allow 72.5 per contest. The Coyotes average 40.4 rebounds per game, barely behind the 40.6 allowed to their opponents. Wesleyan's opponents are shooting 42.8 percent from the field and 33.2 percent from 3-point range this season.

Smith ranks No. 22 in the NAIA in 3-point field goal percentage (.425) and No. 50 in the country in scoring average (15.364). Kresin ranks No. 15 in steals average (3.091) and No. 19 in total steals (34). Smith also ranks No. 46 in total rebounds (95) and No. 32 in rebounding average (8.636).

Wesleyan ranks No. 38 in the NAIA in total 3-pointers made (70) and No. 28 in 3-pointers made per game (6.364).

SCOUTING THE HASTINGS BRONCOS
Hastings defeated Tabor 62-54 on Monday night in Hillsboro, but as of midnight Monday night, no statistics for the game had been reported.

The win improved the Broncos' record to 8-7 overall. Hastings has already been in Mabee Arena this season as they played in the KWU Women's Classic on November 9 and 10. The Broncos lost to College of the Ozarks 74-65 and then squeaked out a 51-50 win over John Brown on November 10.

Chelsey Morten leads Hastings with a 10.6 scoring average as the Broncos present a balanced scoring attack with seven players averaging better than five points per game. Morten and Melissa Thompson share top rebounding honors, averaging 5.2 per game each. Morten had a team season best 19 points on November 20 against Midland, sharing team season best honors with Tanasia Uhrig who scored 19 against John Brown on November 10. Morten had a team season best 10 rebounds against Doane on November 28, sharing team season best honors with Thompson who had 10 boards against Dakota Wesleyan on December 1.

Hastings averages 61.9 points per game, while holding its opponents to 60.9 per contest. The Broncos also hold a slight 39.7 to 37.9 rebounding advantage over their opponents. Hastings shoots 35.6 percent from the field, but a paltry 25.2 percent from 3-point range and just 59 percent from the free throw line. Hastings' opponents shoot 38.9 percent from the field, 31.4 percent from 3-point range and 71 percent from the line.

Laurel Zwiener is ranked No. 13 in the NAIA in total blocks with 21 and No. 24 in blocks per game (1.615). Morten ranks No. 35 in the NAIA in total steals with 30. Hastings ranks No. 17 in the NAIA in total blocks (46) and No. 22 in the country in total steals (141).

NEXT UP FOR THE COYOTES
Kansas Wesleyan is off for ten days for the Christmas Break before hosting the Kansas Wesleyan Coyote Classic on December 28 and 29. Wesleyan faces Southwestern Christian on December 28 at 6 p.m., and Midland (Neb.) on December 29 at 4 p.m., at Mabee Arena. The Coyotes step back into KCAC play on January 3 at Bethel and on January 5 at Sterling before returning home to face McPherson on January 10.

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