Kierstin Stolley, Southwestern Sports Information
BARTLESVILLE, Okla. – The Southwestern College women's basketball team won its second straight game Saturday afternoon. After a loss to Oklahoma Wesleyan earlier in the season, the Lady Builders stormed past the Eagles, 79-57, on Free Bacon Night inside the Mueller Sports Center. Free bacon was distributed to fans of both teams throughout the game.
Wichita, Kan. native, Jordyn Miller led all scorers with a career-high 32 points. Miller went 12-for-18 from the floor and a perfect 4-for-4 from behind the three-point line. The junior forward also added seven rebounds and four assists. Freshman Maddie Rogers posted 16 points, four rebounds, and one assist. Kenzi Taylor and Me'Shelle Parker were the other two Lady Builders to put up double digits with 10 points each. Taylor led the team with five assists, two steals, and one block.
Shelbie Kirby led Oklahoma Wesleyan (10-13, 6-9 KCAC) with 14 points and three rebounds.
Southwestern (12-12, 8-8 KCAC) shot a season-best 57.1 percent (28-49) from the floor, and a season-best 66.7 percent (14-21) from three-point range. The Lady Builders converted 75 percent (9-12) of their free throws, and out-rebounded the Eagles, 38-30. Southwestern also dished out 20 assists in the contest
The Eagles scored the first eight points of the game, but a Jordyn Miller bucket at the 7:26 mark sparked a 20-3 Southwestern (12-12, 8-8 KCAC) run that gave the Lady Builders a 20-11 advantage after a Me'Shelle Parker triple with 1:08 left to play in the opening quarter. Oklahoma Wesleyan scored two buckets to close the quarter, but the Lady Builders held a 20-15 heading to the second quarter.
Southwestern opened the second quarter with back-to-back triples by Maddie Rogers and Me'Shelle Parker and a bucket by Jennifer Myers to push its lead to 28-15 at the 8:38 minute mark. After a back-and-forth battle between the two teams over the next five minutes, the Eagles pulled to within 10, 35-25 with 4:32 left in the second quarter. But a Miller bucket sparked a 12-2 run over the final four minutes of the half to give the Lady Builders a 47-27 halftime advantage.
Oklahoma Wesleyan started the third quarter with a free throw, but a Rogers basket sparked a 17-6 run over the next seven minutes, and gave Southwestern a 30-point advantage, 64-34, with 2:39 left in the quarter. The Eagles answered with seven-straight points, but Miller drained two free throws to give Southwestern a 66-41 lead at the end of the third quarter.
In the final quarter, Oklahoma Wesleyan drained a triple and turned up the defensive pressure to start a 10-5 run that cut the Southwestern lead to 71-51 at the 7:15 minute mark, but that was as close as the Eagles could get. The Lady Builders never led by less than 20 from that point forward, and cruised to the 79-57 victory.
Southwestern is back in action at home, February 2nd inside Stewart Field House. The Lady Builders take on the Bethel Threshers at 6 p.m.