LINDSBORG—The Swedes women's basketball team kicked off their 2019-20 campaign in a big way with an 86-30 victory over the visiting Sentinels of Nebraska Christian College.

Bethany took their lead immediately in the first quarter when Autumn Garrett, freshman guard, put one in from the paint off of a pass from Kelsi Mueller, senior guard. From there, the Swedes began to steadily increase their lead keeping the Sentinels scoreless throughout the first four minutes of the contest. Before the end of the first quarter, Bethany maintained a hearty double-digit, 13-point advantage over NCC. The Swedes were then able to continue to push their lead in the second quarter, growing their advantage to 25 points at the break.

In the third quarter, the Bethany offense cooled slightly. However, the Swedes were still able to grow their lead to 41 points heading into the fourth and final quarter. Finally, the Swedes were able to outscore the Sentinels by 14 points in the fourth quarter to grow their advantage to 86-30 and take the win.

Three Swedes earned double digit points in this well-rounded offensive effort. Sena Aktas, senior guard, led things with 15 points, while Sitori Carver, sophomore forward, and Garrett, put up 14 and 10 points, respectively. Aktas also led the team with seven rebounds as the Swedes outrebounded NCC 49-31. Destinee Goodin, junior forward, dished out six assists while Mueller, Garrett, and Lauren Welsch, junior guard, had four assists each.

Up Next . . .

Bethany has a short turnaround as the Swedes host Manhattan Christian College on Wednesday, Oct.30. This nonconference contest is set to begin at 6 p.m. inside Hahn Gymnasium.