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Icy Shooting Hurts KWU Women

Mike Hammett - January 25, 2014 6:55 pm

A cold shooting night dooms the Kansas Wesleyan women’s basketball team, as they lose to Tabor, 57-46, at Mabee Arena on Saturday night.

The game did not start well for the Coyotes. Tabor scored the first seven points before the Coyotes got on the board with Alecia Smith’s three with 15:43 to go in the half.

Tabor pushed the lead to nine at 13-4 on a basket by Janelle Rust. A three by Vanessa Kresin cut the deficit to six, but Tabor scored the next six to push the lead to 12 at 19-7 on a three by Rust.

Wesleyan would make a push, going on a 6-0 spurt of their own to get back within six at 21-15 on a free throw by Karlie Steinle with 4:03 to go in the half.

Tabor would close the half strong, going on a 10-1 run to lead 31-16 at the break.

In the second half, Tabor pushed the lead to 16 at 35-19 with 17:07 left. The Coyotes would make a push, scoring eight straight points to get within eight at 35-27 with 11:58 remaining.

However, out of a timeout, Tabor would quickly score six straight points to re-establish the double-digit lead. The Coyotes would never get the lead back under 10 the rest of the night, as Tabor cruised to the win.

The Coyotes were led by 14 points from Alecia Smith, while Christian Cassity added 10 points and 12 rebounds for her third double double of the season. The Coyotes shot just 27 percent as a team for the game.

Tabor was led by 17 points from Janelle Rust and 13 points from Tena Loewen. Rust had a double double with 10 rebounds.

Tabor is 12-8 overall and 7-3 in the KCAC, while Kansas Wesleyan drops to 10-11 and 5-5 in the league. Kansas Wesleyan hosts Ottawa on Wednesday.