WINFIELD, Kan. – The Southwestern College women's basketball team notched its third-straight win Thursday evening. The Lady Builders defeated the Threshers of Bethel College, 59-48, inside historic Stewart Field House.
Freshman Maddie Rogers led Southwestern with 12 points. The Tulsa, Okla., native went 4-for-11 from the floor and 2-for-6 from three point range while connecting two of her three free throw opportunities. Junior Jordyn Miller added 11 points, and led all rebounders with 14 boards for her fifth double-double of the season.
Bethel's Kylee Shunn led all scorers with 13 points.
Southwestern (13-12, 9-8 KCAC) shot just 29.8 percent (14-47) from the floor, and 30.4 percent (7-23) from three-point range. The Lady Builders converted 82.8 percent (24-29) of their free throws, and out-rebounded Bethel (2-20, 0-17 KCAC), 44-34.
Bethel jumped out to an early 5-3 lead, but it took more than three minutes to get there. A Jordyn Miller free throw, followed by a Jazmyne Laskey triple gave the Lady Builders a 7-5 edge with 6:07 remaining in the opening period. A pair of free throws forced a 7-7 tie at the 5:45 mark, but Maddie Rogers gave Southwestern a 10-7 edge with a triple with 4:42 remaining in the quarter. Neither team scored for the next three minutes, and Bethel out-scored Southwestern, 4-2, over the final 90 seconds of the period, but the Lady Builders still held a 12-11 lead when the quarter came to a close.
The Threshers knocked down a triple to open the second quarter, and took a 14-12 lead, but a pair of Miller free throws tied the game at 14-14 with 8:21 still to play until halftime. Bethel held the Lady Builders without a field goal until the 6:20 mark, but Me'Shelle Parker's bucket sparked a 7-3 Southwestern spurt that gave the Lady Builders a 23-19 advantage with 3:56 left until halftime. The Threshers responded with a pair of buckets over the next minute, and forced a 23-23 tie at the three-minute mark, but Southwestern closed the half on a 6-2 run, and Taylor Henderson's triple gave the Lady Builders a 29-25 halftime lead.
Bethel returned the favor to open the third quarter. A 6-2 run over the first three minutes of the second half forced a 31-31 tie with 6:33 to play in the period. Kenzi Taylor put an end to the Thresher threat, and buried a three-pointer on Southwestern's next trip down the floor. The triple sparked a 10-2 run over the next four minutes, and four-straight Jennifer Myers free throws gave the Lady Builders a 41-33 edge with 1:07 remaining until the quarter break. Bethel ended the run with a bucket at the 16-second mark, but Kayla Demel answered with a three-ball at the buzzer to give Southwestern a 44-35 edge heading into the fourth quarter.
The Lady Builders opened the fourth quarter on its first possession of the period when Rogers converted an old-fashioned three-point play to push Southwestern's lead to double figures at 47-35. Bethel was able to pull back to within eight on two occasions late in the period, but the Lady Builders were never seriously threatened from that point forward. Southwestern closed the game on a 6-3 spurt, and ended the game on the winning end of a 59-48 decision.
Thursday's win moves Southwestern to 13-12 on the season, and 9-8 in KCAC play. The Lady Builders will return to action Saturday, traveling to Sterling to face the Warriors of Sterling College. Tip-off is scheduled for 3 p.m. inside the Gleason Center.