McPherson improved to 10-7 overall and 4-3 in the KCAC with a 56-52 win in Salina, Kansas against the Lady Coyotes of Kansas Wesleyan University.
Right out of the gate, the Lady Bulldogs picked up the KWU offense at half court and created turnovers which led to some quick points, putting McPherson up 11-6 early.
Mac then went on a turnover-streak but were able to maintain their advantage, increasing their lead to as many as 10 points. The double-digit score margin was short lived as KWU scored on the next possession and kept the score in single digits.
A 17-3 run put the Lady Coyotes in front 32-29 at halftime.
MC hit on 13-of-32 from the field but were just 1-of-4 from deep. Just five free throws were put up by the Lady ‘Dogs and they made two.
KWU struggled from the floor, converting just 28.1 percent of their attempts, two of which were three pointers. An amazing 20 free throws were shot by Kansas Wesleyan as MC recorded 12 fouls.
The first five minutes of the second half were controlled by the Lady Coyotes, but a three pointer by Cheyenne Eisenhour put McPherson up 38-36, giving them a lead they would not relinquish the remainder of the game.
MC’s shooting percentage dipped by 10 percent in the second period as they made just 8-of-26 with only one three-ball falling through the hoop. A 10-of-16 showing from the stripe was enough to keep the Coyotes at bay.
Eisenhour was the Lady Bulldogs’ leading scorer, totaling 12 points and the team’s only three pointers. Ali Brewster, Madison Chambers and Beth Cooper each put in nine points. Cooper got hers on 50 percent shooting while Chambers tallied 10 rebounds, leading the team.
For KWU, Jessica Olson was the only player to reach double-digits, scoring 10 on 4-of-9 from the field. The season leading scorer for Kansas Wesleyan, Stephanie Frost, was only able to make one field goal and ended the game with seven points; she did break the Lady Coyote record for most rebounds in a season, recording 16 in the loss.
McPherson will now take on the Sterling College Warriors on Saturday at 5 p.m. in the McPherson Sport Center.