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For the second-straight season, the Southwestern College women's basketball team travels to Park City to compete for the KCAC Women's Basketball Championship. The Lady Builders will meet the Kansas Wesleyan Coyotes Tuesday evening with a tip-time scheduled for 8 p.m. inside Hartman Arena. Curt Caden will have the call from Park City on KSWC, 100.3 FM in Winfield, and online at www.moundbuilder.com. The game will also be broadcast live on Smoky Hills Public Television, Ch. 8 in Winfield.
No. 4 Kansas Wesleyan (18-12) vs. No. 3 Southwestern (22-7)
Tuesday, Feb. 26, 2013 // 8 p.m. // Hartman Arena (5,000) // Park City, Kan.
Live Video // Live Audio // Live Stats // Southwestern Notes // Kansas Wesleyan Notes
Southwestern Twitter: @buildersports // Kansas Wesleyan Twitter: @kwucoyotes
|No. 3 Southwestern Lady Builders|
|No. 4 Kansas Wesleyan Coyotes|
|3||Trinicia Shaffer||5-4 / Junior||7.3 ppg||5||Stephanie Frost||5-10 / Senior||10.4 ppg|
|Guard||3.8 rpg||Forward||5.9 rpg|
|Madisonville, Texas||4.4 apg||Assaria, Kan.||0.7 apg|
|4||Annjelina Robinson||5-7 / Senior||5.4 ppg||11||Jessica Olson||5-5 / Freshman||8.1 ppg|
|Guard||3.0 rpg||Guard||2.3 rpg|
|Cleveland, Ohio||1.2 apg||Springdale, Ark.||3.1 apg|
|11||Kaitlin Tennyson||5-11 / Junior||7.4 ppg||12||Christian Cassity||5-10 / Junior||9.4 ppg|
|Guard||3.2 rpg||Forward||5.0 rpg|
|Andover, Kan.||1.4 apg||Springtown, Texas||1.3 apg|
|30||Zefiryn Bryan||6-0 / Junior||10.8 ppg||31||Vanessa Kresin||5-9 / Sophomore||11.2 ppg|
|Forward||6.2 rpg||Forward||5.6 rpg|
|Delphos, Ohio||2.0 apg||Glen Elder, Kan.||1.5 apg|
|34||Jana Reichenberger||6-0 / Freshman||11.4 ppg||32||Alecia Smith||5-10 / Junior||14.0 ppg|
|Forward||6.9 rpg||Forward||8.0 rpg|
|Wichita, Kan.||0.3 apg||Elkhart, Kan.||1.2 apg|
About the Lady Builders…
Southwestern scored 57 points in each of its first two KCAC playoff games to get to this point. The third-seeded Lady Builders downed McPherson in Friday's quarterfinal, 57-50, then pulled away from second-seeded Tabor, 57-46, in Saturday's semi-final in Hillsboro. Likewise, Southwestern's leading scorer in each playoff game posted exactly 13 points. Jessica Hobbs and Jana Reichenberger each scored 13 points in the quarterfinal win over McPherson, while Montana Rickey added 13 points in the semifinal win at Tabor. The Lady Builders are in the midst of their fourth-straight 20-win season, and bring a 22-7 record into Tuesday's championship contest.
Underclassmen have carried Southwestern through its playoff run. Redshirt freshman Jessica Hobbs is averaging 10 points per game in the post-season, while sophomore Montana Rickey averages 9.0 points per game. Freshman forward, and KCAC Freshman of the Year Jana Reichenberger owns an 8.5 point-per-game playoff average, while sophomore Jordan Hobbs is scoring 8.0 points per game this post-season. Reichenberger is also the team's leading rebounder this post-season, and is averaging 7.5 rebounds per contest.
Southwestern's forwards led the team's offensive efforts through the 2012-13 regular season. KCAC Freshman of the Year Jana Reichenberger led the way with 11.7 points and 6.9 rebounds per game, while junior Zefiryn Bryan added 11.1 points and 6.2 rebounds per game. Fellow junior Kaitlin Tennyson led the Lady Builder guards, and averaged 7.9 points per game.
As a team, Southwestern is shooting 40.2 percent (715-1777) from the field this season, and 32.2 percent (193-599) from three-point range. The Lady Builders have converted 66.8 percent (477-714) of their free throws, and are out-rebounding their opponents, 42.1-40.5. Southwestern's defense is limiting opponents to a 35.8 percent shooting clip on the season.
Scouting Kansas Wesleyan…
The Kansas Wesleyan Coyotes are playing in Sedgwick County for the second time in three days, and are confident heading into Tuesday's KCAC Championship game. After a 76-65 win over fifth-seeded Sterling in its quarterfinal contest, KWU traveled to Friends and became the first team this season to defeat the Falcons in Wichita. The Coyotes downed top-seeded Friends, 66-49, in Saturday's semi-final contest to earn their spot in the championship contest.
Alecia Smith, Vanessa Kresin and Stephanie Frost have been the focal points of the Coyotes' success this season. A 5-10 junior forward from Elkhart, Kan., via Cloud Community College, Smith is averaging a team-best 14 points and a KCAC-leading 8 rebounds per contest. Meanwhile, Kresin, a 5-9 sophomore forward from Glen Elder, Kan., is averaging 11.2 points and 5.9 rebounds per game. Frost, a 5-10 senior forward from Assaria, Kan., rounds out a potent top-three for the Coyotes. She averages 10.4 points and 5.9 rebounds per contest.
Kansas Wesleyan is shooting 37.3 percent (659-1767) as a team, and 27.4 percent (165-603) from three-point range on the season. The Coyotes convert 67.5 percent (496-735) of their free throws, and out-rebound their opponents, 41.0-39.3.
The Coyotes are coached by first-year head coach Ryan Showman.
Southwestern vs. KWU This Season…
Southwestern and Kansas Wesleyan split their regular season games this season. Each team won on their home courts. Southwestern defeated KWU, 85-56, on Dec. 1 in Winfield. The Lady Builders raced out to a 41-17 lead at halftime and cruised to the 29-point win. Jana Reichenberger scored 15 points and snagged a team-best seven rebounds, while Zefiryn Bryan added 11 points of her own. Sheri Zoglmann drained a pair of triples in the contest, and rounded out Southwestern's double-digit scorers with 10 points. Alecia Smith scored 21 points to lead all scorers in the first meeting.
It was a different story when the two teams met in Salina on Jan. 23. Kansas Wesleyan led nearly the entire game, and held off a late Lady Builder rally for a 70-64 decision. Reichenberger led the Lady Builders once again with a 13-point, 11-rebound double-double, while Kaitlin Tennyson added 12 points and Montana Rickey finished with 10. KWU's Stephianie Frost led all scorers with 16 points as the Coyotes out-rebounded the Lady Builders, 48-41.
Next Up for the Builders…
The winner of Tuesday's KCAC Championship contest will represent the Kansas Collegiate Athletic Conference in the 2013 NAIA Division II National Championship tournament next week at the Tyson Events Center in Sioux City, Iowa.