The McPherson College women's basketball team wrapped up their season on Saturday night with a 68-58 win over the Bethel College Threshers on Senior Night.
The Bulldogs trailed the Threshers 16-12 after the opening quarter, but from there, outscored the visitors 56-42 over the final three periods. At the halftime intermission, the Threshers still maintained a three-point lead, 29-26, but in the second half, the Bulldogs found their form. After shooting just 25 percent from the floor in the first 20 minutes of action, they really got their offense going after the break. They knocked down 17-of-31 shots in the third and fourth quarter and finished the game at 39 percent.
On the defensive end of the floor, they were tenacious. They held the Thresher offense to 38 percent from the floor, and just 2-of-10 from beyond the three-point arc. They also forced Bethel into 27 turnovers which they turned into 31 points on the other end of the floor. The Threshers were just slightly better on the glass, winning the rebounding battle 40-38, but the Bulldogs won the battle in the paint, outscoring Bethel 48-41.
Brittany Roberts, was huge inside for the Bulldogs. She finished the night with 22 points and 10 rebounds, recording her 14th double double of the season, which is second best in the KCAC this season. Joining Roberts in double figures in the scoring column was Danielle Holt, who finished the night with 14 points. She also recorded one assist, two blocks, and four steals to go along with her point total.
"What a way to end the season," said Bulldog head coach Josh Nichols. "We had to make a few adjustments at half time, 14 of their 29 first half points were second chance points, so we needed to do a better job getting them off the glass." Nichols praised the play of Roberts and Holt saying, "Brittany and was huge for us tonight, and Dani had her best offensive game of the year." He finished by adding, "I loved the fact we had 5 seniors on the floor at once for a short time and we were able to give Julie, Bela, and Brooke a nice individual moment coming off the court one last time."
With the win, the Bulldogs finished the season on a three game winning streak, and were winners in seven of their last eight games. They finished just outside of the top eight, and missed the KCAC playoffs this year, but with the way they ended the season, and with the ladies they have returning next year, they are poised to make a deep run in the conference in 2019-20.
After the game, the team honored seven ladies, who suited up for the final time in a Bulldog uniform, team manager Madison O'Brien, and players Emily Whitley, Scarlet Rodriguez, Sonerka White, Bela Raimondi, Julie Olvera, and Brooke DeLuca.