LINDSBORG — The bigs — Sydney Ahaneku and Kimi Lindshield — sparked the Bethany College women’s basketball team, each putting up double-digit points. The pair led the Swedes to a 66-50 victory over the visiting York College Panthers. This win brings the Swedes to 7-14 overall and 5-10 in Kansas Collegiate Athletic Conference play.
Bethany struck first when Samirah Miller connected with Ahaneku for a two-point bucket. York was able to answer on their next possession, but that would be their only points until the last seconds of the quarter. Meanwhile the Swedes went on a 21-0 run thanks to an even effort by a slew of Swedes.
During the first part of the second quarter, York woke up and starting adding points of their own. However, the Swedes kept pushing and did not let the Panthers back in the game. Back to back to back 3-pointers, two from Ashton Burdick and one from Samm Ashida kept the Swedes hot. The Swedes went into half time with an 18-point advantage over the Panthers.
The Swedes pressured York for the entirety of the third quarter as the Panthers were trying to work their way back into the game. Bethany was able to keep the Panthers at bay trading buckets with York throughout the quarter.
It was much of the same in the fourth quarter. The Swedes let off the gas a bit, but maintained their lead and kept exchanging points with the defeated Panthers.
Ahaneku led the Swedes' offense with 16 points; she also had seven boards, two assists and two blocks. Lindshield posted a double-double with 14 points, 12 rebounds. Burdick was just shy of a double-double with nine points and 11 rebounds. Aubreale Favors was all over the court, grabbing three steals throughout the contest.
As a team, the Swedes outrebounded York 59-41. Bethany shot 28.8 percent from the field but shot 71.9 percent from the line. The Swedes made 19 second chance points, 13 points off of a turnover, and put in 45 points in the paint.
The Swedes will take this win with them as they make the short trip up to Salina on Saturday to play arch-rival Kansas Wesleyan. Tip-off for this contest will be at 5 p.m. preceding the men's game.