LINDSBORG—The Swedes women's basketball suffered a 68-64 loss on Saturday night to the visiting Threshers of Bethel College.
The Threshers came out strong in the first quarter, taking an early six-point advantage before the Swedes were able to work it back down to one. However, over the next two minutes, Bethel again pushed their offense to take a five-point lead into the second quarter.
Over the first five minutes of the second quarter, it was a battle for position. The Threshers continued to push to try to extend their lead while the Swedes were trying to bring Bethel back within range. At the halfway point of the quarter, the Threshers led Bethany by just one point. Bethel then put up a pair of free throws, and a paint bucket to take a five-point lead. Finally, the Threshers were able to get their lead up to a game high of seven points before the Swedes were able to go on a 5-0 run over the final two minutes of the half. Bethany went into the locker room trailing by two points.
The first score of the second half came almost three minutes in when Erin Richardson, senior guard, broke the spell with a three pointer. However, the Threshers were able to answer with a basket of their own on the other end to take back the lead. The remainder of the second quarter was again a back and forth battle with each team trying to barely edge out the other. Finally, Bethel was able to net a pair of threes to earn an eight-point advantage. A couple free throws by Sarah Bartel, senior guard, closed out the quarter with the Threshers leading by six points.
However, Bethel started the fourth quarter with a 10-3 run over the first five minutes to take a double-digit. The Swedes were able to work it back down to four with just over a minute left to play, but a two-pointer, and a pair of Thresher free throws gave Bethel an eight-point advantage with short time on the clock. Bethany then worked to cut it back down to four and then to two points, but another pair of Thresher free throws put the game away.
The Details . . .
A trio of Swedes were in double digits tonight led by Kelsi Mueller, junior guard with 12. She was followed by Richardson and Hannah Ferguson, freshman center, with 10 each. Ferguson also pulled down a team high of seven rebounds while Mueller aided the team with five steals throughout the contest.
As a team, the Swedes pulled down 35 rebounds and shot 39.3 percent from the field.
Up Next . . .
The Swedes stay at home for their next contest, hosting the Tabor College Bluejays. This KCAC matchup is set for Wednesday, Jan.30 at 6 p.m. inside Hahn Gymnasium.