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Wed, Feb. 27, 2013 - [Women's Basketball]

PARK CITY, Kan. – A huge second half by the Southwestern College Moundbuilders helped them to a 90-65 win over the Kansas Wesleyan Coyotes in the KCAC Women's Basketball Tournament Championship at Hartman Arena on Tuesday night.

Southwestern, who was the No. 3 seed in the tournament, shot 62.9 (22-of-35) percent from the field in the second half, and was 8-of-11 from 3-point range (72.7 percent), on the way to scoring 57 points in the half for the win.

 

Wesleyan had an impressive first half, shooting 47.1 percent from the field, but struggled in the second 20 minutes, connecting on just 8-of-25 shots for 32 percent.

 

Southwestern scored the first seven points of the game, and led by nine, 15-6, with 13:50 to go in the first half on a free throw by Jordan Hobbs before the Coyotes rallied. Wesleyan scored the next 10 points capped by a three by senior Stephanie Frost with 10:30 left to take a 16-15 lead.

 

The lead bounced back and forth until the 4:21 mark of the half when Alecia Smith gave the Coyotes a 29-27 lead. The advantage would hold the rest of the half as the Coyotes built a four point lead with 1:59 left and then took a 38-33 lead into the half when Christian Cassity buried a deep three just before the buzzer.

 

Southwestern got a fast start to the second half as well, scoring the first seven points of the period to take a 40-38 lead on a bucket by Trinicia Shaffer. The Coyotes rallied again, retaking a 45-41 lead with 16:58 left on a bucket by Vanessa Kresin.

 

The 'Builders then awoke offensively, using a 21-6 run to take a 62-51 lead on the Coyotes with 10:19 to go. Cassity broke the run with a bucket, but Southwestern didn't slow down, ballooning its lead to 72-54 with 7:08 left.

 

Wesleyan tried to rally, but the shots just would not fall for the Coyotes, while it seemed everything Southwestern threw anywhere near the basket was going in.

 

The Coyotes shot 24-of-59 for the game for 40.7 percent, but were just 5-of-20 from 3-point range for 25 percent. Smith led all scorers in the game with 20 points, while Cassity led the Coyotes 11 rebounds, while scoring 16 points. Stephanie Frost had seven points and four rebounds and four blocks in her final game as a Coyote.

 

Four players scored in double figures for Southwestern led by Jana Reichenberger with 16 as the 'Builders shot 35-of-72 from the field in the game for 48.6 percent and connected on 10-of-24 three pointers for 41.7 percent. Zefiryn Bryan had 10 rebounds for Southwestern.

 

Wesleyan closes its season at 18-13, but will be back with a vengeance next season as the Coyotes only lose one player to graduation and return a strong group from this season's team.

 

However, the player lost is Frost, who finishes her career as one of the best stints in KWU history with 1419 points and 832 rebounds. She is the all-time leading rebounder in KWU history, and ranks among the top three in points scored in her career. She averaged 11.44 points per game in her career that spanned 124 games and averaged 6.7 rebounds per game. She was the 2010 KCAC Freshman of the Year and was named First Team All-KCAC three times and Honorable Mention All-KCAC once. She helped the Coyotes to NAIA Division II Women's Basketball National Championship appearances twice in her career and was part of KWU's 31 win season, which set a record for most wins in a season by any basketball team, men or women, in Kansas Wesleyan history.

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