WINFIELD, Kan. – The Southwestern College women's basketball team dropped a home game to its arch-rivals for the first time in five years Thursday evening. The Lady Builders fell to the No. 15-ranked Falcons of Friends University, 73-51, inside historic Stewart Field House.
Junior Jordyn Miller led Southwestern (8-9, 4-5 KCAC) with 20 points, and was the only Lady Builder to post double figures in the game. The Wichita, Kan., native went 9-for-15 from the floor, and also grabbed a team-best nine rebounds in the contest. Senior Kenzi Taylor finished with six points, while senior Jenn Myers added five points.
Friends (13-3, 9-0 KCAC) standout Shann Sellars led all scorers with 34 points and added a game-high nine steals.
Southwestern shot 36 percent (18-50) from the floor, and 18.8 percent (3-16) from three-point range. The Lady Builders converted 75 percent (12-16) of their free throws, and out-rebounded the Falcons, 38-31.
Friends' defense forced 27 Lady Builder turnovers, which the Falcons converted into 34 points on their way to the 22-point margin of victory.
Jordyn Miller scored the first bucket of the game, and gave Southwestern a brief 2-0 lead, but Friends responded with nine-straight points as part of a 19-4 run over the next seven minute. Back-to-back triples gave the Falcons a 19-6 advantage with 1:24 remaining in the opening period, and Friends went on to finish the first quarter with a 21-9 lead.
The two teams played blow-for-blow through the second quarter, but a 7-0 Falcon run midway through the period helped Friends take its first 20-point advantage, 40-20, at the 3:40 mark. Southwestern responded with a Kayla Demel triple that sparked a 9-2 half-ending run that cut the halftime deficit to 42-29.
The Falcons spent the second half extending their lead. Friends opened the third quarter on a 10-2 run, and led by as many as 26 points (59-33) at the 3:46 mark. The Lady Builders closed the period on a 9-2 run of their own, but still faced a 19 point deficit, 61-42, by the end of the quarter. But a 12-2 Falcon run to open the fourth quarter ended any hopes of a Southwestern comeback. The run gave Friends its largest lead of the game at 73-44 with 7:00 still to play. The Lady Builders scored the final seven points of the game, but the damage had been done, and Friends left Stewart Field House as winners for the first time since the 2011-12 season.
Thursday's loss drops Southwestern to 8-9 on the season, and 4-5 in KCAC play. The Lady Builders will return to action Saturday, traveling to Leavenworth to face the Spires of the University of Saint Mary. Tip-off is scheduled for 1 p.m. inside the Ryan Sports Center.