LINDSBORG — After a thrilling four quarters, the Bethany College women’s basketball team defeated Southwestern College, 66-54. This brings the Swedes overall record to 6-14 overall and 4-10 in the Kansas Collegiate Athletic Conference.
In the first quarter, the Moundbuilders came out of the gate first, gaining a four-point lead over the Swedes. With less than four minutes left in the quarter, the Swedes begin to crash the boards, taking the lead and then extending it to six points. The Moundbuilders responded with a last minute rally, but the quarter ended with the Swedes up by one.
At the beginning of the second quarter, the Moundbuilders began to heat up, taking an eight-point lead. The Swedes were able to chip away at that lead little by little before going into halftime trailing by just two points.
In the third quarter, Southwestern was looking to control the court. However, with pressure from the Swedes, SC was unable to pull ahead by more than six points. The Swedes continued to battle and stayed in the game. As the quarter was winding down, a three point shot from Samirah Miller cut into the Moundbuilders lead, and then Tehya Peters came up with a steal and a layup in the last seconds of the quarter to put the Swedes ahead by a single point.
The Swedes took control of the game in the fourth quarter, extending their lead to 13 points over the Moundbuilders. Southwestern was able to cut the Bethany lead to eight. However, despite Southwestern's pressure, the Swedes pushed and their lead to 12 points. One final offensive effort from Southwestern fell short and the Swedes took the game 66-54.
Bethany had three Swedes hit double-digits; Miller had 17 points, Peters put in 14 points, and Kimi Lindshield had 10. Sydney Ahaneku and Ashton Burdick had 10 rebounds each. Lindshield and Miller also aided the defense with six rebounds apiece.
The Swedes shot 31.7 percent from the field and 67.7 percent from the line. Bethany had 16 turnovers compared to Southwestern's 23 total turnovers. Bethany will host the York College Panthers on Wednesday. Tip-off is set for 6 p.m. inside Hahn Gymnasium.