WINFIELD, Kan. – The Southwestern College women's basketball team closed out the first half of its Kansas Collegiate Athletic Conference slate on a high note Thursday evening. The Lady Builders snapped a five-game losing streak with a 73-63 victory over the Bulldogs of McPherson College inside historic Stewart Field House.
Junior Jordyn Miller led all scorers with 25 points, and was the game's leading rebounder with 13 boards. The Wichita, Kan., native went 8-for-14 from the floor, and 8-for-10 at the free throw line while adding three assists and two steals to her evening of work. Freshman Maddie Rogers added 15 points, while senior Kenzi Taylor missed just two shots all night, shooting 3-for-4 from the floor, and 7-for-8 from the line on her way to 13 points.
Brooklyn Coe led McPherson (10-9, 5-6 KCAC) with 18 points.
Southwestern (9-10, 5-6 KCAC) shot 44.7 percent (21-47) from the floor, and 40 percent (8-20) from three-point range. The Lady Builders converted 67.6 percent (23-34) of their free throws, and out-rebounded the Bulldogs, 43-28.
McPherson scored on its first possession of the game, but freshman Jazmyne Laskey drained a triple on the Lady Builders' first trip down the floor, and sparked a 7-0 run to give Southwestern a 7-2 lead with 7:47 yet to play in the opening period. The Bulldogs responded with six-straight points to take an 8-7 lead at the 6:20 mark. The two teams exchanged baskets for the next five minutes before senior Jenn Myers sank a lay-up with 45 seconds remaining to give the Lady Builders a 15-12 lead, but McPherson drained a three-ball on its final possession of the quarter to send the game into the second period tied at 15-15.
Southwestern took advantage of second-quarter free throw opportunities to begin to distance itself from the Bulldogs. Six-straight freebies opened an 11-3 run that turned a 21-20 advantage into a 32-23 lead after Kenzi Taylor's jumper with 4:53 remaining until half. The Bulldogs returned the favor over the final five minutes of the frame. Six free throws and a trey formed a 9-3 half-ending run that cut the Lady Builder lead to 35-32 at the halftime intermission.
A Jordyn Miller bucket sparked a 9-4 Southwestern run to open the second half. Miller capped the run with a baby hook at the 5:58 mark to give her Lady Builders a 44-36 edge. McPherson countered with an 8-1 run to pull within one, 45-44, with 2:48 remaining in the period. Maddie Rogers closed the half on a 5-3 spurt, and gave her team a 50-47 edge after three quarters of play.
Taylor took control in the fourth quarter. The senior scored the first six points of a 9-0 Lady Builder run to open the final stanza. Back-to-back Miller buckets pushed the lead to 63-50 at the 4:08 mark, and Kayla Demel's triple gave Southwestern its largest lead of the game, 69-54, with 2:15 yet to play. The Bulldogs put together one last run, a 9-4 spurt over the final two minutes of the game, but time ran out on McPherson, and Southwestern snapped its five-game losing streak with a 73-63 victory.
Thursday's win moves Southwestern to 9-10 on the season, and 5-6 in KCAC play. The Lady Builders will return to action Saturday, hosting the Braves of Ottawa University. Tip-off is scheduled for 3 p.m., weather permitting, inside historic Stewart Field House.