NORTH NEWTON—The Swedes women's basketball were unable to kick off their offense tonight as they fell to the Bethel Threshers 58-49.

Both teams started off slow on the offensive end with the first points coming, a minute and half into the contest. The Threshers struck first but the Swedes then went on a short run throughout the end of the first quarter to take a six point lead.

The Swedes continued to push throughout the start of the second quarter, but they were never able to push through and break away. Bethany led the Threshers as much as eight points but Bethel was able to draw a few key fouls from the Swedes and get back within four of the Swedes before the break.

The Threshers got their offense rolling in the third quarter, taking their second lead of the game in under three minutes. The teams were able to trade points for the next minute but then the Threshers were able to score nine unanswered points for a seven point advantage. While the Swedes tried to get things off the ground, the Threshers were able to maintain the upper hand finished the third quarter with an eight point lead.

 Bethany started off the fourth quarter with a big push, cutting the Threshers lead to just two with just over six minutes left to play. However, again Bethel was able to go on a 9-1 run over the next five minutes to grow their lead to double-digits for the first time in the contest. The Swedes never gave up, working until the end. Unfortunately, they were never able to catch back up to the Threshers as they finished the contest off trailing by nine.

The Details . . .

Cassidy Enns, senior center, tied her career high of 20 points tonight to lead the Swedes. Enns was also the only Swede in double digits. However, Sena Atkas, junior guard, was close with nine points.

Kelsi Mueller, junior guard, was all over the defense floor grabbing four steals on the night. Atkas led the Swedes with eight boards. As a team, the Swedes grabbed 38 compared to Bethel's 45 rebounds.

Up Next . . .

The Swedes face another tough road contest on Saturday, Dec. 8 as they travel to no. 16 Tabor College. Tip off for this KCAC contest is set for 5 p.m. in Hillsboro.