LINDSBORG, Kan. – The Southwestern College women's basketball team saw a 15-game winning streak against a conference opponent come to an end Saturday afternoon. The Lady Builders fell to the Swedes of Bethany College, 66-54, inside Hahn Gymnasium in Lindsborg.
Junior Jordyn Miller led all scorers with 24 points, and was tied for the game-high with 10 rebounds. The Wichita, Kan., native shot 11-for-26 from the floor, and converted both of her free throw opportunities before fouling out after nearly 35 minutes of court time.
Samirah Miller led Bethany (6-14, 4-10 KCAC) with 17 points.
Jordyn Miller scored Southwestern's first six points, and helped the Lady Builders take a 6-2 lead just over three minutes into the contest. Bethany responded with a 10-0 run over the next six minutes, and took a 12-6 advantage, but a Kayla Demel triple, and a Jenn Myers bucket helped the Lady Builders trim the deficit to 12-11 after the opening quarter.
Me'Shelle Parker scored the first five points of the second quarter, and gave Southwestern a lead it held for the entire period. Parker's points were the first of a 12-3 run that gave the Lady Builders a 23-15 advantage with 6:27 remaining until halftime. Bethany countered with a 10-3 run over the next three minutes to cut the lead to 26-25. The two teams matched each other for the remainder of the half, and the Lady Builders held a 31-29 halftime advantage.
The Lady Builders held the lead for 9:57 of the third period, but that lead never stretched past six points. Bethany pulled to within two on two occasions during the quarter, but the final minute belonged to the Swedes. A 7-0 quarter-ending run helped Bethany take a 45-44 lead into the final 10 minutes of play.
Bethany controlled the final quarter from the outset. The Swedes opened the period on a 12-0 run, and took a 57-44 lead at the 4:39 mark. Southwestern responded with a 7-2 run over the next three minutes, and cut the lead to 59-52, but the Swedes scored seven free throws in the final 55 seconds en route to the 66-54 victory.
Southwestern (10-12, 6-8 KCAC) shot 31.8 percent (21-66) from the floor, and 25 percent (5-20) from three-point range. The Lady Builders converted 70 percent (7-10) of their free throws, and out-rebounded the Swedes, 48-44. Southwestern committed 23 turnovers in the contest, which resulted in 22 points for the Swedes.
Saturday's loss drops Southwestern to 10-12 on the season, and 6-8 in KCAC play. The Lady Builders will return to action Wednesday, opening Wesleyan week by hosting the Coyotes of Kansas Wesleyan University. Tip-off is scheduled for 6 p.m. inside historic Stewart Field House.