Sun, Jan. 13, 2013 - [Women's Basketball]
Kansas Wesleyan's offense finally came back to life in the second half of Saturday's game against the Bethany Swedes at Mabee Arena. After three halves of sub-30 percent shooting, the Coyotes shot 52.4 percent in the second half en route to a 58-39 win over the Swedes.
Scoring was at a premium for both teams in the first half, as Bethany held an early lead, 10-7 with 16:05 left on a couple Kendra Austin free throws. Jessica Olson's triple for the Coyotes with 13:59 left tied the score at 10, but Bethany got a bucket from Nicole Felker with 13:41 left to hold onto the lead. Bethany built as much as a six-point margin, 16-10, with 11:52 to go when Wesleyan rallied.
Caley Greving got the Coyotes within two at 16-14 on a pair of free throws with 8:35 to go before the break, but a three by Rebecca Kerlikowske gave Bethany a 19-14 lead with 6:43 left. A three by Stephanie Frost and a bucket by Christian Cassity with 5:18 to go evened things up at 19, but a Morgan Nelson bucket for the Swedes kept them ahead.
Alecia Smith's free throws with 4:24 to go tied things up again and another set of charities by Smith with 3:28 to go gave the Coyotes the lead 23-21. Bethany tied things up at 23-all before the Coyotes ended the half with six straight points to take a 29-23 lead into the half.
A bucket by Frost and a three by Smith pushed Wesleyan's lead to 11 to open the second half and the Coyotes never looked back. Bethany was within eight with 14:32 to go at 36-28, but Wesleyan scored the next nine points to take a 45-28 lead on Cassity's layup with 11:02 left.
A later three by Smith gave the Coyotes a game high 19-point advantage as Bethany got no closer than 15 the rest of the way as the Coyotes cruised to the 58-39 win.
Smith had 22 to lead the Coyotes who were 19-of-50 from the field for 38 percent after shooting just 8-of-29 (27.6 percent) in the first stanza. Cassity pitched in 15 and Frost added 12 for the Coyotes. Smith pulled down a game high eight boards to lead the Coyotes to a 37-34 rebounding advantage.
Tanya Garner had 10 points to lead Bethany who shot 31.8 percent in the game (14-of-44) and Nelson's eight rebounds was a team high. Bethany was just 7-of-16 from the foul line in the game (43.8 percent).
Wesleyan wraps the first half of KCAC play on next Wednesday when they head to Tabor for a 6 p.m. tip in Hillsboro. The second half of KCAC play starts Saturday when the Coyotes head to Ottawa. Wesleyan returns home next Wednesday against Southwestern.