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KWU Women Come Up Short at Hastings

KSAL Sports - November 9, 2013 9:06 am

HASTINGS, Neb. – For the fourth time in as many games, the Kansas Wesleyan Women’s Basketball made a northward trek to Nebraska for a game. The Coyotes heading to Hastings on Friday night to face the upstart Hastings Broncos, coming up just short in a 77-65 decision at Lynn Farrell Arena.

The Coyotes started out with a 2-0 lead to open the game, but a three by Hastings’ Jamie Van Kirk put the Broncos ahead the rest of the way as they built a 9-2 lead with 16:09 to go in the first half. A bucket by Vanessa Kresin broke Hastings’ run and the Coyotes were able to get back within three at 18-15 with 10:10 to go in the half on a free throw by Karlie Steinle.

Hastings would push its lead back out to as many as ten points before the Coyotes would head into the half down nine 37-28.

Wesleyan trailed by as many as 11 points in the second half with 14:31 to go, but a bucket by Steinle would get the Coyotes going on a 5-0 run to cut the deficit to 51-45 with 12:41 left on a bucket by Christian Cassity.

Alecia Smith would bury a three with 7:42 left to get the Coyotes as close as four points at 60-56, but the Broncos were able to remain in the lead the rest of the way to come away with the 77-65 win.

The Coyotes were 24-of-48 from the field for 50 percent in the game and were led by Kresin with 17 points, while Cassity and Smith each had 14. Smith recorded her first double-double of the season pulling down a game high 12 boards.

The Coyotes will open the home portion of their schedule on Monday when they host Culver-Stockton at 6 p.m., at Mabee Arena.