The McPherson College women played a pair of road games over the holiday weekend, coming out on top in both contests.
Saturday saw the Bulldogs upset Baker University 81-75 in overtime, though the game was anything but pretty for either team. McPherson utilized a 12-3 run to take control of the game and had a 35-29 lead at the half.
In the second half, the game got a little more intense with the score staying within a few baskets. McPherson stayed out in front for the first five minutes but that’s when Baker came alive and took control for the first time since the opening minutes of the game.
The Lady Wildcats got up by as many as seven but never were able to pull away, leaving the window open for McPherson to stay around. Mac took advantage of that opportunity and took the lead back with 2:14 showing on the clock, though Baker would quickly tie it up and send it to overtime.
Baker came out in the extra period and scored the first two points but a 9-2 Bulldog run, along with 11-of-12 free throw shooting in overtime, sealed their 81-75 victory.
Mac ended the game draining 28-of-69 from the field for a 40.58 shooting percentage. The Bulldogs were heavily out-rebounded, losing the battle on the boards 61-35, giving up 24 offensive rebounds to BU. Mac’s defensive pressure forced 30 Wildcat turnovers, while the Bulldogs only gave up the ball 11 times themselves.
Ali Brewster and Madison Chambers each accumulated 15 points in the win. Cheyenne Eisenhour scored 13, while Tayler Puttergill had 11 in her first game back. Kaylee Cramerwas the final Bulldog in double figures, scoring 10.
The Bulldogs were back in action Tuesday afternoon, as they opened up 2013 with a 77-67 road win against York College.
The Lady Bulldogs struggled from the field in the first half, making just 34 percent of their field goals, though they still had a 36-32 advantage at the half.
York and Mac College traded blows for the first part of the second period, but an 8-0 run by Mac put the Bulldogs up 51-31.
The lead grew to 17 at one point, but the Panthers wouldn’t go away quietly, pulling the score back down to single digits with five minutes left in the game. A stiff McPherson defense, though, perserved the victory for the Lady Bulldogs, who improved to 9-6 on the season.
Shooting in the second half went much better for Mac College as they hit 52.4 percent of their shots, going 11-of-21 from the floor.
A 17-of-22 showing from the charity stripe was essential to the team’s win.
Cheyenne Eisenhour was the game’s leading scorer as she bucketed 15 points with the majority of her total coming from her 9-of-10 shooting from the free throw line. Second on the team in scoring for MC was freshman Bailey Brown who when 5-of-10 from the field and 2-of-2 from the stripe for 13 points. Ali Brewster scored 12, while Cami Engelbert had 10 points. Both Madison Chambers and Tayler Puttergill pulled down 10 rebounds in the win.
Page 2 of 2 - McPherson is back in action tomorrow night, as they host Saint Mary in KCAC play at the McPherson Sport Center.Tipoff is slated for 6 p.m.