It was a tough night on the hardwood for the McPherson College women's basketball team. The Bulldogs fell to intra-county rival Bethany College, at the Sport Center, 76-61.
The Bulldogs struggled to get the ball to go through the hoop on the offensive end of the floor. They shot just 26 percent from the floor, and 20 percent from behind the three point arc, for the game. Ironically, what kept them in the game was their free throw shooting. They have struggled from the charity stripe in many games this season, but on this night, they made 26-of-36 attempts for 72 percent.
The Bulldogs trailed the Swedes by just three points, 18-15, at the end of the first quarter, but got outscored 21-16 in the second quarter, to go into the break, down by eight, 39-31. They played better in the third period, but the Swedes started heating up from three point land, and they extended their lead to 62 -51. Both teams had a hard time scoring in the final ten minutes of play, but the Swedes were able to win the period 14-10 and finish off the Bulldogs by 15, 76-61.
Asya Tims led the Bulldogs in scoring with 15 points. She was 3-of- 7 from the floor, 1-of-5 from behind the arc, and 8-of-10 from the free throw line. Joining her in double figures was Brittany Roberts who fouled out midway through the fourth quarter, but not before recording another double double with 10 points and 10 rebounds.
"We played hard enough to win the game, but you have to give it to Bethany they match us step for step", commented Bulldog head coach Josh Nichols. "Two big stats the tale the tape of the game. 11-23 vs 5-25 from three. Even bigger was the 16 offensive rebounds we gave up." Nichols finished by adding, "Though we did not execute the game plan well enough in the end, we still have a lot to play for and we are not going stop playing hard now."
With the loss, the Bulldogs fall to 10-17 overall, and 6-15 in the KCAC. They will be back in action next Wednesday when they play their final road game of the season, at University of St. Mary in Leavenworth, Kansas.