The McPherson College women's basketball team picked up their second conference win in a row, with a 69-48 rout of York College Panthers at the Sport Center on Wednesday night.
For the first time this season, in KCAC play, everything seemed to click for the Bulldogs. They had a great night shooting the ball, going 25-of-5 from the floor for 44 percent, and knocking down 11-of-26 shots from behind the arc.
They were also solid on the defensive end of the floor. They held the Panthers of just 34 percent from the floor, and 26 percent from deep, and turned them over 21 times. The Bulldogs also had a big advantage on the boards, winning the rebound battled 43-29. The only negative to the night were the 20 times they turned the ball over.
The Mac ladies were propelled by a big opening quarter. Asya Tims, scored eight of her season high, 21 points in the opening 10 minutes, and the Bulldogs led by nine, 19-10 at the end of the period. In the second quarter, they continued to apply pressure, outscoring the visitors 17-9, and extending their lead at the halftime intermission to 36-19.
In the second half, the Bulldogs seemed to play a little more lax on both ends of the floor. They won the third quarter, 17-13, but the final period was a draw 16-16. They also coughed up the ball 12 times in the final 20 minutes of action.
Tims led all scorers with 21, and was the only Bulldog to score in double figures. The next closest were Brittni Harlow, Micayla Mikulski, who both came off the bench to score 7. Danielle Holt and Brittany Roberts struggled putting the ball through the hoop, but they were monsters on the glass with 10 and eight rebounds respectively.
"Tonight was a great team win," said Bulldog head coach Josh Nichols. "Asya stepped up and had a really good game, and I thought our defense was outstanding tonight, really following the game plan." Nichols praised the play of his bench saying, "We had a lot step off the bench again really finding our rotation." He concluded by adding, "Now we have a big game to get ready for Saturday."
Now at 7-5 overall on the season, and 2-5 in the KCAC, the Bulldogs will take their winning streak on the road Saturday, the big game Nichols referenced, at Friends. Tipoff against the Falcons is slated for 5 p.m.