LINDSBORG—The Bethany women's basketball team picked up their second conference win of the season on Saturday with a 72-55 victory over the visiting Panthers of York College.
The Swedes were able to take an immediate lead with a three-point basket by Sena Aktas, senior guard. From there, Bethany did not give up the lead for the remainder of the game. The Panthers were able to keep the Bethany advantage to single digits in the first quarter as the Swedes took an 18-9 lead into the second quarter. However, the Swedes extended their lead to double-digits. After a basket on York's next trip down the court, the Bethany offense went off. Throughout the rest of the first half, the Swedes went on a 19-4 run to take a hearty 24-point advantage into the locker room. However, the Panthers were able to kick-start their offense in the first part of the third quarter cutting the Bethany lead to 17 points. The Swedes were able to continue to work, finishing out the third quarter with a 55-35 lead. In the fourth quarter, the Panthers were able to work the Bethany lead down, this time to 14 points. However, Bethany's lead was comfortable enough for them to push through the rest of the game, taking the win 72-55.
A trio of Swedes led things for the Bethany offense. Autumn Garrett, freshman guard led the team with 12 points ,while Hannah Ferguson, sophomore center, posted 10 and a team-high of seven rebounds. Finally, Kelsi Mueller, senior guard, led things with six assists to set up the Bethany scoring opportunities. Mueller also nabbed two steals, along with Sitori Carver, sophomore forward. As a team, the Swedes outrebounded the Panthers 43-33. Bethany shot 42.1 percent from the field and were 7 of 19 from long range.
Up Next . . .
The Swedes return to the court for more KCAC action on Wednesday, Nov. 20 when they travel to Bartlesville, Oklahoma to take on Oklahoma Wesleyan. This game is set to tip off at 6 p.m.