LINDSBORG—The Swedes women's basketball squad was unable get their offense going tonight. Bethany fell to the visiting Ottawa Braves, 71-59.
To start the first quarter, the teams stayed pretty even trading the lead for the first five minutes. However, as Bethany trailed 8-9 the Braves began a 14-6 run over the rest of the first quarter.
The Swedes started to get things rolling again in the first part of the second quarter, cutting Ottawa's lead back down to eight within the first minute. Then, both teams went on a scoring drought for the next minute and a half before the Braves broke through with a fast break layup. Bethany tried to work their way back in to the game, but the Braves were able to edge them out steadily growing their lead to 13 by the end of the first half.
Kelsi Mueller, junior guard, started things off in the third quarter draining a three off of a pass from Halei Wortham, sophomore guard. However, the Braves answered with seven straight to take their biggest lead of the contest at 17 points. The Swedes were once again tasked with chipping away slowly at a double-digit lead. By the end of the third quarter, Bethany was able to bring the deficit back to 13.
The Swedes' offense shot off like a rocket in the fourth quarter. Back to back paint buckets followed by a Worth three pointer brought Bethany within six of the Braves. Ottawa answered with a three of their own but the Swedes were able to work the Braves' lead back down to five. Unfortunately, every time it looked like the Swedes were going to bust the game open and come all the way back, the Braves were there to stifle their run.
The Details . . .
Sarah Bartel, senior guard, and Wortham were the only Swedes in double-digits with 11 and 13, respectively. Sena Atkas, junior guard, and Alex Tyson, senior center, pulled down a team high of five boards for the Swedes.
Both teams pulled down 38 boards as a whole. However, during their offensive run in the first half, the Braves grabbed six offensive rebounds, while the Swedes during their climb back in the second half, grabbed 10 offensive boards.
As a team, the Swedes shot 36.2 percent from the field, and 26.7 percent from long range. Bethany was 13 for 24 from the stripe tonight.
Up Next . . .
The Swedes look forward to two more conference games this week, starting with a trip to Avila University on Thursday, Nov. 29. This KCAC contest is set to begin at 6 p.m.