KANSAS CITY, MO.—The Bethany women's basketball team was unable to complete their comeback at Avila tonight. The Swedes fell 71-66 to the newest members of the KCAC.
Bethany was able to get out to a quick lead in the start of the game. However, Avila did not let the Swedes run away with the game. The Eagles were able to keep the Swedes within one possession throughout the first quarter, even taking the lead twice as well as one tie.
In the second quarter, the Eagles were able to take off and pull away from the Swedes. This was helped by a 14-2 run over six minutes towards the end of the half. However, Bethany was able to string together a few possessions to close out the quarter and cut the Eagles' lead to single digits before the break.
The Avila offense kept the pressure on during the third quarter. The Eagles were able to grow their lead to a comfortable position. Avila was able to push their lead to as high as 18 before the Swedes were able to start to work things down.
In the fourth quarter, the Swedes came alive. Bethany was able to come up with some big defensive stops and push their offense on a few runs in order to bring the Eagles back within reach. The Swedes were able to work Avila down within two. However, Bethany ran out of time before they were able to make their comeback complete.
The Details . . .
Two Swedes led the Bethany offense with double-digit points; Halei Wortham, sophomore guard, put up 17 points, while Cassidy Enns senior center, had 15. Wortham also recorded a reason high of four assists while Erin Richardson, senior guard, dished out three assists.
Enns led the team with nine boards. As a team, the Swedes pulled down 28 rebounds compared to Avila's 42. The Eagles were also aided by 15 offense boards.
Both teams were plagued by turnovers with the Swedes edging out the Eagles with 19 turnovers compared to Avila's 21. The first quarter was tough for both teams with the Eagles turning the ball over eight times while Bethany had seven turnovers.
The Swedes were 42.6percent from the field and 68 percent from the charity stripe.
Up Next . . .
Bethany returns home for their third game of the week on Saturday, Dec. 1. The Swedes host the Oklahoma Wesleyan Eagles at 5 p.m. inside the Hahn.