LINDSBORG— For about thirty minutes on Wednesday, the McPherson College women's basketball team looked like they might steal another one from the Bethany College on its home court.
The Bulldogs led by as many as 10 points early in the fourth quarter. Unfortunately some timely three-point shooting down the stretch by the Swedes, and missed opportunities by the Bulldogs from the free throw line, allowed Bethany to outscore the Mac ladies 23- 9 in the fourth quarter to win by six, 68-62 on Wednesday evening.
Neither team shot the ball particularly well from anywhere on the court. The Bulldog offense shot just 37 percent from the field, making 22 of 59 attempts. From beyond the arc, they hit 4 of 17 for 23 percent, and from the charity stripe they were 14 of 24 for 58 percent.
On defense, they held the Swedes to 46 percent from the floor, and 33 percent from deep, while limiting Bethany to just seven offensive rebounds, and forcing them into 31 turnovers.
Individually, Mac was paced by Brittany Roberts, who recorded her sixth double-double of the season with 19 points and 11 boards. Haley Hurst continues to play well when Roberts was on the bench. Against the Swedes, she finished just outside of double figures with nine points to go along with four rebounds and a steal.
"Hard fought game tonight," Bulldog coach Josh Nichols said. "This is one of those games we have to learn to win. We made a few mistakes down the stretch. Brittany and Haley continue to be a great 1-2 duo inside. I thought we played our best game of the year defensively. I will take this effort for the next 23 games."
With the loss, the Bulldogs fall to 4-3 overall, and 0-1 in KCAC. They are back in action on Saturday when they play their KCAC home opener against the Tabor College Bluejays. Tipoff is set for 5 p.m.