WINFIELD, Kan. – For the second-straight game, a member of the Southwestern College women's basketball team posted a career scoring night, and for the second-straight game it helped lead her team to a win. The Lady Builders defeated the Warriors of Sterling College, 63-61, Saturday afternoon inside historic Stewart Field House.
Freshman Maddie Rogers led all scorers in Saturday's game with a career-best 20 points. The Tulsa, Okla., native went 9-for-16 from the floor, and dished out four rebounds while snagging three rebounds in the win. Less than 48 hours removed from a career night of her own, junior Jordyn Miller added 18 points, while junior Kilah Hoenscheidt scored 11 points.
Miller was also Southwestern's leading rebounder with eight boards, while Kenzi Taylor grabbed seven rebounds and Hoenscheidt added six boards.
Jordin Greer led Sterling (7-4, 3-4 KCAC) with 14 points.
Southwestern (8-5, 4-3 KCAC) shot 38.7 percent (24-62) from the floor, and 28.6 percent (6-21) from three-point range in Saturday's contest. The Lady Builders converted 50 percent (9-18) of their free throws, but were out-rebounded by the Warriors, 49-35.
Sterling controlled the game through the first quarter. The Warriors scored the first four points of the outing, and built an 8-2 lead through the 6-minute mark of the period. Seven-straight points from Jordyn Miller helped pull the Lady Builders back to within four, 14-10, with 2:01 to play in the quarter, Sterling scored the final three points of the frame to take a 17-10 lead into the second quarter.
The Warriors built their lead to as many as 11 (25-14) by the 7:00 minute mark of the quarter, but the Lady Builders took it from there. Taylor Henderson drained a triple that marked the start of a 10-0 Lady Builder run that cut the deficit to 25-24 with 5:24 to play, but Sterling refused to relinquish the lead. The Warriors built their lead back to four on three occasions over the final five minutes of the half, but Southwestern finished the half on a 5-1 run, and forced a 34-34 tie at the halftime intermission.
Sterling converted three free throws over the first 90 seconds of the second half, and took a 37-34 lead in the process, but a Maddie Rogers jumper sparked a 12-0 Lady Builder run over the next three minutes. Rogers capped the run with a triple that pushed Southwestern's first lead to nine points, 46-37, with 5:32 still to play in the third quarter. Freshman Jazmyne Laskey's triple with 1:10 to play gave the Lady Builders their first 10-point lead, 51-41, and Kilah Hoenscheidt's triple gave Southwestern its largest lead of the game at 54-42 with 29 seconds remaining in the period. But Sterling answered with the final five points of the quarter, including a buzzer-beating triple that pulled the Warriors back to within seven, 54-47, by the quarter break.
The Warriors opened the fourth quarter on a 7-2 run, thanks in large part to five free throws over the first two minutes of the period, and cut the Lady Builder lead to 56-54 with 8:03 remaining in regulation. Free throws from Hoenscheidt and Taylor, and a Hoenscheidt runner briefly stretched the lead back to six, 60-54, at the 4:25 mark, but Sterlring answered with another trey to keep things interesting. The Warriorrs cut the gap all the way to two points (63-61) with just over a minute to play, and had the final possession of the game, but the Lady Builders knocked the ball away and it bounced innocently across the floor as time expired to secure Southwestern's 63-61 victory.
With Saturday's win, the Lady Builders improve to 7-4 on the season, and 4-3 in Kansas Collegiate Athletic Conference play. Southwestern will travel to Hillsboro for its final game before the Christmas break, challenging the Bluejays of Tabor College on Tuesday evening. Tip-off is scheduled for 6 p.m. inside Tabor Gymnasium.