Coyote Women Ready for Swedes
KSAL Sports - February 14, 2014 4:07 pm
(LIVE STATS | LIVE AUDIO | LIVE VIDEO | KWU TWITTER | BETHANY TWITTER) The Kansas Wesleyan Women’s Basketball team is hoping to put together back-to-back wins for the first time in over a month when the Coyotes head to Lindsborg to take on the rival Bethany Swedes at 5 p.m. at Hahn Gym.
The Coyotes haven’t won back-to-back games since beating McPherson and Bethany on the first round through the conference schedule. The good news is that the Coyotes haven’t lost back-to-back games during the stretch either.
LISTEN AND WATCH LIVE
The game can be heard live in Salina on Classic Hits 104.9 with the ‘Voice of the Coyotes’ Mike Hammett with the call along with Justin Dean. Fans can also listen online at www.1049classichits.com. Live stats will be available by clicking on the Live Stats link on the KWU Athletics website at www.kwucoyotes.com and live video will be available through the KCAC Digital Network by visiting http://kwucoyotes.ihigh.com. Bethany will be maintaining the video stream. Updates will also be posted on Twitter (@kwucoyotes).
THE LAST MEETING AND SERIES
Last time the Coyotes and Swedes got together it was a 72-41 rout in favor of the Coyotes in Mabee Arena. It was a slow start for both teams as the Coyotes held an 11-8 lead with 13:13 to go in the first half. Bethany came back to lead 12-11 before Wesleyan embarked on a 12-0 run to take a 23-12 lead with 6:49 left in the half. The Coyotes would lead 34-18 at the break and use a 17-4 run in the second half to take a 56-27 lead with 13:35 to go. Wesleyan’s lead passed 30 points with 7:36 left as the Coyotes would roll to the victory. Alecia Smith (SR, Elkhart, Kan.) led the Coyotes with 22 points and 11 rebounds, while Karlie Steinle (FR, Wilson, Kan.) had her first career double-double with 13 points and 13 rebounds. Alex Brammer led Bethany with 10 points and Evin Sullivan had eight rebounds for the Swedes.
Since 1999-2000 Bethany holds a 16-14 lead in the all-time series, but it’s been all Coyotes lately as Wesleyan has won 13 of the last 15 meetings.
|PROBABLE STARTERS FOR KANSAS WESLEYAN (13-13, 8-7)|
|12||Christian Cassity (G, 5-11, Sr.)||13.5||6.4|
|25||Kalie LeShore (G, 5-7, Jr.)||4.2||1.8||2.5 APG|
|31||Vanessa Kresin (G, 5-9, Jr.)||15.3||5.7||2.1 SPG|
|32||Alecia Smith (G, 5-10, Sr.)||14.0||8.0|
|34||Caley Greving (F, 6-1, So.)||4.0||4.3|
|PROBABLE STARTERS FOR BETHANY (4-23, 2-13 KCAC)|
|14||Alex Brammer (5-5, So., G)||11.3||3.0|
|22||Kendra Austin (5-8, Sr., G/F)||8.2||4.3|
|23||Vickie Dolan (5-7, So., G)||6.8||1.5|
|32||Kristi Ohlschwager (5-8, So., G/F)||2.5||1.8|
|34||Evin Sullivan (6-0, Fr., P)||3.1||3.1|
LOOKING AT THE COYOTESThe Coyotes look to put back-to-back wins together for the first time since this point the first time through the KCAC schedule back in January. The Coyotes are coming off a 57-36 rout of McPherson on Thursday night at Mabee Arena. The 36 points allowed by the Coyotes is the fewest since holding Tabor to 23 points on December 8, 2011 in a 59-23 win in Hillsboro. Vanessa Kresinopened the game with a pair of three’s to put the Coyotes on top. Kresin would extend Wesleyan’s lead to 15-7 with 11:03 to go in the first half. Wesleyan led 24-16 at the half, but saw McPherson get within three with 16:31 left before taking control. McPherson made one more run at the Coyotes, getting within two with 13:43 left, before Wesleyan closed the door. A 13-0 run ended any building suspense as the Coyotes took a 49-31 lead with 4:41 to go. Katie Pfeifer (FR, Garden City, Kan.) scored a career high 15 points for the Coyotes while Christian Cassity had 14. Wesleyan forced 25 McPherson turnovers in the game.
Vanessa Kresin continues to lead the Coyotes in scoring at 15.3 points per game and ranks second in the KCAC in scoring.Alecia Smith ranks fifth in the conference in scoring at 13.96 per game, but leads the Coyotes in rebounding, averaging 8.0 per game which ranks third best in the conference. The Coyotes shoot 38.8 percent from the field on the way to averaging 67.2 points per game. Wesleyan also pulls down 40.9 rebounds per game. Wesleyan holds its opponents to 37.6 percent shooting while averaging 65.3 points per game and pulling down 41 rebounds per game.
Wesleyan ranks No. 15 in defensive 3-point percentage (.280), No. 25 in blocks (93), No. 26 in blocks per game (3.577), No. 31 in defensive field goal percentage (.377), No. 32 in scoring defense (65.269), No. 33 in defensive rebounds per game (28.615) and No. 44 in total rebounds (1064).
Several Coyotes are approaching milestones in their careers at KWU. Alecia Smith needs just 24 points to hit 1000 for her 3-year career at Wesleyan. Kresin is averaging a career best 15.3 points per game this season helping her to close in on the 1000-point milestone as a junior. Kresin needs 48 points to reach the mark and a good finish to the season could give her a golden opportunity to break the Wesleyan all-time career scoring record that has stood for 29 years next season. Senior Christian Cassity also has a chance to reach 1000 points this season, needing 60 to reach the mark.
LOOKING AT THE SWEDES
Bethany has lost six of its last seven games, the only win coming in a 65-57 decision over Saint Mary last Saturday. The Swedes are 4-23 overall and 2-13 in the KCAC after Thursday night’s 70-39 loss to Friends. Ashley Carey had 10 points to lead the Swedes who shot 31.7 percent from the field. Kendra Austin had five rebounds in the game. Sarah Munds led Friends with 23 points as the Falcons led 33-21 at the break and outscored Bethany 37-18 in the second half.
Alex Brammer leads the Swedes in scoring averaging 11.3 points per game. Ashley Carey is Bethany’s top rebounder averaging 4.7 per contest. The Swedes shoot 36.8 percent from the field as a team while averaging 59.6 points per game and 31.3 rebounds per game. Bethany’s opponents shoot 40.2 percent from the field and average 72.3 points and 38.7 rebounds per game.
Bethany ranks No. 25 in the NAIA in total 3-pointers made (176), No. 28 in 3-point percentage (.333) and No. 34 in 3-pointers made per game (6.519). Vickie Dolan ranks No. 47 in total 3-pointers made (55) and Alex Brammer ranks No. 49 in free throw percentage (.804).
UP NEXT FOR THE COYOTES
Wesleyan completes the regular season next week heading to North Newton to take on Bethel on Thursday ahead of the regular season finale at home on Saturday against Sterling.