LINDSBORG—The Bethany women's basketball squad was unable to complete an upset over no. 16 Tabor College on Wednesday night. The Swedes fell to the Bluejays 54-53 in the KCAC contest.
The Swedes started things off with the lead in the first quarter. However, Bethany was only able to grow it to four points before the Bluejays began to work it back down to the first tie of the game before taking the lead themselves and keeping that lead through the end of the quarter.
In the second quarter, the Bluejays took advantage of Bethany's slow start pushing their lead to 13 points before the Swedes were able to break things up. The teams then traded buckets for the remainder of the half, Bethany went into the locker room trailing by 10 points.
Bethany came out of the break strong cutting the Tabor lead down to four points within the first four minutes of the quarter. The Swedes then worked to come within one point before the Bluejays ended the third quarter with a three pointer to bring their lead back to four points.
The fourth quarter was a constant battle back and forth with two ties and six lead changes in the quarter. With the clock winding down, the Swedes had one last shot to take the lead but Bethany was unable to sink the buzzer beater and complete the upset.
The Details . . .
Bethany was led by Sena Aktas, junior guard, with 11 points, nine of which came from three-pointers. Aktas also led the team with nine rebounds.
As a team, Bethany pulled down 33 boards compared to Tabor's 27. The Swedes shot 43.1 percent from the field and 30.8 percent from behind the arc.
Up Next . . .
The Swedes return to the court on the road at McPherson College on Saturday, Feb. 2. Bethany will tipoff with the Bulldogs at 5 p.m.