The McPherson College basketball teams hosted Kansas Collegiate Athletic Conference foe Southwestern College Wednesday night to the Sport Center. The McPherson women improved to 6-0 at home with a 59-43 win. The men dropped to 0-4 in conference with a 92-70 loss to the No. 8 ranked team in the nation.
McPherson 59, Southwestern 43
The McPherson women, now 7-2 and 3-1 in the KCAC, got all they could handle from Southwestern (2-8, 1-3 KCAC). The Bulldogs trailed 16-10 after one quarter and took their first lead on a Nicole Abunaja 3-pointer with 4:27 left in the half.
Southwestern led by one at halftime, but the Bulldogs turned it up a notch in the third quarter. McPherson won the third quarter 17-4 to ultimately pull away. The Mound Builders remained tough in the fourth quarter, but the third quarter was too much to overcome.
Cami Richardson led McPherson with 11 points and three rebounds. Brooke Zimmerman led the team in rebounds with seven, while Danielle Holt scored eight points and came away with six rebounds.
The Bulldogs will take on a strong Sterling team on Saturday in Sterling.
McPherson 70, Southwestern 92
Slowing down one of the nation’s top offenses was never going to be easy for the Bulldogs. Southwestern, who came into Wednesday averaging just over 100 points a game, showed McPherson fans why they are 10-0 and the No. 8 team in NAIA Division II.
Southwestern has two of the KCAC’s top-five scorers in Cameron Hunt and DJ Wallace, who combined are averaging 44 points a game.
On Wednesday, it was Hunt who went off for 27 points as Southwestern cruised to a 22-point win. McPherson jumped out to a 9-2 lead, but Southwestern responded with a 17-0 run over the next five minutes for needed separation.
But the Bulldogs fought back, and an Aaron Bachura 3-pointer cut the Southwestern lead to 23-20 at one point. That’s when Southwestern put the game away, finishing the first half on a 20-5 run to take a 43-25 lead into halftime.
Southwestern only won the second half by four points, as the game was pretty close outside of two monster Southwestern runs.
McPherson was led by 17 points from Bachura and 15 points from Grant Raleigh. Despite allowing Southwestern to shoot 49.3 percent from the field and 50 percent from beyond the arc, the Bulldogs did an admirable job on defense. Southwestern’s 92 points are the second lowest its scored this season.
The Bulldogs will search for their first conference win on Saturday when they travel to Sterling, who is also 0-4 in the KCAC.