WINFIELD, Kan. – The Southwestern College women's basketball team won its second-straight home game Wednesday evening, and avenged an early-season loss to Kansas Wesleyan in the process. The Lady Builders defeated the Coyotes, 51-50, inside historic Stewart Field House.
Junior Jordyn Miller led all scorers and was the game's top rebounder with a 16-point, 16-rebound double-double. The Wichita, Kan., native went 7-for-14 from the floor, and added a pair of blocks. Senior Kayla Demel drained three triples and was a perfect 4-for-4 at the free throw line on her way to 15 points off the bench, while Me'Shelle Parker added 10 points.
Maddie Miller led Kansas Wesleyan (13-9, 8-6 KCAC) with 10 points and 11 rebounds.
Southwestern (11-12, 7-8 KCAC) shot 41.3 percent (19-46) from the floor, and 27.8 percent (5-18) from three-point range. The Lady Builders converted just 53.3 percent (8-15) of their free throws, but were out-rebounded by the Coyotes, 41-39.
Kansas Wesleyan opened the game on a 5-2 spurt, but the Lady Builders used their inside game to mount a 6-0 run. Back-to-back Jordyn Miller buckets, and a Jenn Myers lay-up capped an 8-2 run that gave Southwestern an 8-5 lead with 3:21 remaining in the quarter. The 'Yotes out-scored Southwestern, 4-2, through the remainder of the period, but the Lady Builders took a 10-9 edge into the second quarter.
KWU reeled off the first seven points of the second quarter, and took a 16-10 lead at the eight-minute mark. Another Miller bucket at the 6:31 mark sparked an 8-1 Lady Builder run over the next 90 seconds, and a Demel triple capped the run, and gave Southwestern an 18-17 advantage with 5:07 remaining until halftime. The Coyotes answered with four-straight points for a 21-18 edge with 3:56 yet to play in the half, but a Kenzi Taylor jumper, and a Demel trey closed the half, and gave the Lady Builders a 23-21 halftime advantage.
The Coyotes opened the second half with a 5-1 spurt out of the gates, but then went dry. Kansas Wesleyan failed to score for the next three minutes. Demel started to heat up during that stretch, draining a triple and converting a pair of free throws to mark the start of an 11-5 Southwestern run to close the period. A Me'Shelle Parker bucket capped the run, and gave Southwestern a 35-31 lead after three quarters.
The Lady Builders kept things rolling to open the fourth quarter. A 7-3 run helped Southwestern take its largest lead of the game, 42-34, with 8:51 still to play in regulation. But the Coyotes weren't finished. Kansas Wesleyan mounted an 11-4 run to pull within one, 46-45, with 1:46 remaining. The 'Yotes went on to tie the game at 47-47 with 1:02 left, and took a 50-49 lead with a triple at the 12-second mark. But head coach Whitney Corley put the game in the hands senior Kenzi Taylor, who hoisted a contested jumper from the left block. The shot bounced off the back-iron, then found the front of the rim before dropping through the nylon to give the Lady Builders a 51-50 lead with six seconds remaining. Kansas Wesleyan was unable to get a shot off in the final seconds, and the Lady Builders held on for the 51-50 victory, their eighth of the season inside the friendly confines of Stewart Field House, and their eighth-straight home win over the Coyotes.
Southwestern improves to 11-12 on the season, and 7-8 in Kansas Collegiate Athletic Conference play. The Lady Builders will return to action Saturday, traveling to Bartlesville, Okla., to face the Eagles of Oklahoma Wesleyan University. Tip-off is scheduled for 3 p.m. inside the Mueller Sports Center.