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Bethel Women Rally for Overtime Win Over KWU

Mike Hammett - January 18, 2014 8:14 pm

Kansas Wesleyan erased an early 8-point deficit, but lost a 12-point second half lead in Saturday’s 89-88 overtime loss to the Threshers. The win snapped a 13-game losing streak for the Threshers against Wesleyan.

Early, Bethel was in control. The Threshers forced turnovers on four of Kansas Wesleyan’s first five possessions, and raced out to an 8-0 lead.

The Coyotes slowly climbed back in the game. Down 21-14, the Coyotes went on a 9-2 run to tie the game at 23, thanks to big baskets from Brittany Stever, Kalie LeShore, Vanessa Kresin and Shelby Heim.

Bethel would regain the lead, building the margin back out to five at 31-26. Wesleyan then went on an 11-0 run, doing most of the damage at the free throw line, to take its first lead of the game. The Coyotes only field goal of the run was Christian Cassity’s bucket to tie the game at 31.

Wesleyan would continue to push the lead to 10 on free throws by Karlie Steinle, but Bethel picked up the final point of the half, as Wesleyan led 44-35 at the half.

The Coyotes would push the lead out to as much as 12 in the second half, hitting the margin for the first time at 53-41 on a basket by Kresin with 16:41 left. The Coyotes were last up 12 wtih 11:48 to go at 58-46 before Bethel made a charge.

The Threshers would slowly get within two at 72-70 on a basket by Lauren Ulrich with 3:30 left. The Coyotes would push the lead back to seven at 77-70 with 249 to go on a basket by Caley Greving.

However, the Coyotes would get just one more basket, from Kresin. Bethel would  rally, scoring the final five points, tying the game on a three by Ulrich with 20 seconds left. Cassity missed two free throws with 1.8 seconds left, and the game went to overtime.

Bethel took control in the extra frame, going up as much as five at 87-82. The Coyotes would rally, scoring six of the final eight points. Wesleyan had a chance at the win, but a travel by Alecia Smith with six seconds left was the 26th Coyote turnover, and Bethel held on for the 89-88 win.

Ulrich led Bethel with 29 points, while April Harpe added 21 points and 10 rebounds. Kansas Wesleyan was led by 28 points from Vanessa Kresin and 22 points from Cassity. Smith added a double double with 11 points and 12 rebounds.

Bethel is 8-10 overall and 2-6 in the league, while Wesleyan drops to 9-10, 4-4 in the KCAC. The Coyotes visit Sterling on Wednesday.