WINFIELD, Kan. – The Southwestern College women's basketball team completed a three-game home stand on a winning note Wednesday evening. The Lady Builders defeated the Panthers of York College, 57-44, inside historic Stewart Field House.
Senior Kenzi Taylor and junior Jordyn Miller paced Southwestern (10-11, 6-7 KCAC) with 10 points each. Taylor recorded the second double-double of her season with 16 rebounds, and added two assists, a block and a steal. Miller, meanwhile, finished with six rebounds. Senior Jenn Myers posted the best rebounding effort of her career, grabbing 11 rebounds.
Jacqueline Esquivel led York (1-17, 1-11 KCAC) with 12 points, and was the only Panther to break double figures.
Southwestern shot just 29.7 percent (19-64) from the floor, and 16.7 percent (3-18) from three-point range in Wednesday's contest. The Lady Builders converted 69.6 percent (16-23) of their free throws, and out-rebounded the Panthers, 59-36.
Taylor Henderson followed Jordyn Miller's game-opening bucket with a triple to give Southwestern an early 5-0 lead before the first minute of the game expired. The Lady Builders held York scoreless until the 6:50 mark of the opening period, but four Panther points in the next minute trimmed the Southwestern lead to 5-4 at the six-minute mark. Southwestern limited York to just one made three-pointer and one free throw through the remainder of the quarter, but the Lady Builders were only able to produce six points during that time, and held an 11-8 lead after the opening period.
Southwestern opened the second period on a 6-1 run thanks to buckets from Kenzi Taylor, Jazmyne Laskey and Miller, who pushed the Lady Builder lead to 17-9 at the 6:33 mark. York countered with a 9-2 run of its own, and pulled to within one point, 19-18, with 1:24 remaining until halftime, but a pair of Maddie Rogers free throws and a Kayla Demel lay-up gave the Lady Builders a 23-18 halftime lead.
York hung around for the first minutes of the second half. A 4-2 half-opening run by the Panthers cut Southwestern's lead to 25-22 less than two minutes into the third period, but Miller's bucket on the ensuing possession sparked a 15-0 Lady Builder run that spanned the next five minutes. Five-straight points from freshman Claren McCormick gave Southwestern its largest lead of the contest, 40-22, with 2:50 remaining in the third quarter. York limited the Lady Builders to just a pair of Michelle VanGieson free throws the rest of the period, but was only able to muster six points during that time. When the third period ended, Southwestern found itself with a 42-28 advantage.
The Lady Builders were never threatened in the fourth quarter. York pulled to within nine at three different points through the final period, but that was as close as the Panthers could get in their first visit to Stewart Field House as Kansas Collegiate Athletic Conference opponents. Southwestern ended the game on a 6-2 spurt, and secured its 10th win of the season with a 57-44 victory.
With Wednesday's win, the Lady Builders improve to 10-11 on the season, and 6-7 in KCAC play. The Lady Builders will return to action Saturday, traveling to Lindsborg to face the Swedes of Bethany College. Tip-off is scheduled for 3 p.m. inside Hahn Gymnasium.