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KWU Women Cruise Past Southwestern Christian

KSAL Sports - November 19, 2013 5:58 am

BETHANY, Okla. – Kansas Wesleyan snapped a two-game losing streak with an impressive 83-62 win over the Southwestern Christian (Okla.) Eagles on Monday night at Pickens-Springer Gymnasium.

Vanessa Kresin continued her strong early season, leading the Coyotes with 22 points while Alecia Smith scored 15 and had 14 rebounds for her second straight double-double.

Wesleyan led 15-12 with 10:17 to go in the first half when the Coyotes exploded on a 10-0 run to take a 25-12 lead with 7:33 left on a bucket by Kresin. A three by Shelby Heim pushed Wesleyan’s lead out to 18 points with 5:42 to go in the half. The Coyotes continued to pull away, their lead reaching a half-high 25, the last time with 40 seconds to go before the half at 43-18 on a bucket by Christian Cassity.

The Coyotes would take a 43-23 lead into the half.

Maranda Janz cut the Wesleyan lead to 16 points at 43-27 with 19:19 to go in the second half, but four points by the Coyotes capped by Cassity’s bucket with 18:06 to go pushed the Coyote lead back out to 20 points.

KWU’s lead would hover around the 20-point range until the Coyotes would again push the lead out to 25 points at 66-41 with 7:08 to go on a 3-point by Niki WilsonKatie Pfeifer‘s three with 3:22 to go pushed the Coyote lead out to 26 points at 77-51 and Samantha McColgan‘s bucket with 1:47 left pushed Wesleyan’s lead to a game-high 28 at 81-53.

Southwestern Christian got back within 20 at 82-62 with 29 second left, but Karlie Steinle‘s free throw with 24 ticks to go capped the scoring in the game and sent the Coyotes to a 21-point win.

Kresin’s 22 points led all scorers in the game as the Coyotes improved to 3-5 overall. Smith added 15 points that included a perfect 10-for-10 at the free throw line to go along with her game-high 14 rebounds to help the Coyotes to a 51-38 advantage on the glass. Wesleyan handed out 17 assists on its 27 field goals led by Kalie LeShore with five.

Vanessa Bledsoe had 14 points to lead the Eagles who fell to 0-6 on the season.

Next up for the Coyotes is an exhibition game with Northwest Missouri State on Friday at 6 p.m. in Maryville, Mo. Wesleyan’s next game comes after the Thanksgiving Break when the Coyotes host Haskell Indian Nations on December 2 at 7 p.m. at Mabee Arena before opening KCAC play on December 5 at Tabor.