The Central Christian College of Kansas women's basketball team tested themselves against two KCAC teams this past weekend as a part of the McPherson Classic, hosted by McPherson College. The faced McPherson College Friday night, losing to the Bulldogs 53-75, and then fell to Bethel College on Saturday 64-72.
Friday night's game was a result of bad shooting and foul trouble by the Tigers. On the night, the Tigers were 14 of 63 (22.2 percent) from the field, including 7 of 19 (36.8 percent) from three and 18 of 26 (69.2 percent) from the free throw line. Thanks to the high pressure and physical style of defense Coach Golden gets the Tigers to play, the Tigers were on the receiving end of plenty of foul calls. Six players had four fouls for the Tigers, and another two players had three fouls. This translated to the Bulldogs taking 48 free throws and converting 33 of them (68.8 percent). Additionally, the Bulldogs shot 20 of 51 (39.2 percent) from the field, but just 2 of 11 (18.2 percent) from three. The Bulldogs also out rebounded the Tigers 56 to 34. In the turnover department, it was a game that both teams will want to forget, as the Tigers would turn the ball over 29 times while the Bulldogs had 33 turnovers. Individually, the Tigers were led by Abbie Banks with 15 points, followed by Tania Lowe with 11 and Piper Kalthoff with 10. Mycah McDonald led the way for the Tigers in the rebounding department with seven.
After a short rest, the Tigers came back out on Saturday afternoon for their game against Bethel College. It was a close first half, as the teams went back and forth until the Threshers took a 30-27 lead into the half. The Tigers would come out of halftime a bit sluggish, as the Threshers would outscore the Tigers 23 to 12 in the 3rd quarter. The 14 point lead would prove too much for the Tigers to over come, as the Tigers would eventually fall to the Threshers 64-72. For the game, the Tigers shot 25 of 69 (36.2 percent) from the field, including 6 for 19 (31.6 percent) from three-point land, and 8 of 15 (53.3 percent) from the free throw line. The Threshers shot 24 of 49 (40.7%) from the field, including 7 of 16 (43.8 percent) from three, and 17 of 25 (68 percent) from the charity stripe. The Threshers would out rebound the Tigers 59 to 27, but the Tigers won the turnover battle with 12 steals and 14 turnovers to the Threshers' 6 steals and 30 turnovers. Piper Kalthoff led the Tigers with 16 points, followed by Mycah McDonald with 15 and Tania Lowe with 13. Kassidy Forsberg and Rebekah Hissam would lead the Tigers with five rebounds each.
The Tigers will have a couple days to prepare for their rematch against McPherson College. The Mayor's Cup will take place on Wednesday, Nov. 7th, between the cross-town rivals, with the women playing at 6 p.m..