LINDSBORG – The Swedes women's basketball was unable to overcome Tabor College for a third time this season as Bethany fell to the Bluejays 70-60 in the KCAC Quarterfinal matchup.
The Bluejays started out strong taking an early lead, trying to build up a cushion. However, the Swedes battled to keep the Jays within reach, only letting their lead get to a max of six in the first quarter. The Swedes kept the fight going in the second quarter, going shot-for-shot with the Bluejays. Bethany went into the locker room trailing but three points.
In the third quarter, the Bluejays got hot, outscoring the Swedes by five points, stretching their lead to double-digits at one point in the quarter. Tabor continued to push their explosive offense in the fourth quarter, giving themselves some cushion for the final minutes of the game. The Swedes would keep fighting throughout the final seconds of the game, but would come up short, falling by 10 to the no. seven seed Tabor.
The Swedes were led by KCAC newcomer of the year, Lauren Welsch, sophomore guard, who put in 21 points in addition to her eight boards. Marissa Pope, junior guard, was the other Swede in double-digits with 14 points and two assists.
Welsch and Cassidy Enns, sophomore forward, tied for leading rebounder with eight each. Enns also added a block to her efforts, and five Swedes picked up steals on the day. As a team, the Swedes outrebounded the Bluejays 39-23.
The Swedes fate now rests with the Falcons of Friends University. If the no. 1 seeded Falcons, win the KCAC Tournament, the Swedes will be the second national qualifying team for the conference.