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KWU Women Fend Off Peru State Rally

Mike Hammett - January 4, 2014 5:58 pm

Kansas Wesleyan’s women’s basketball team responded to Peru State’s second half challenge, pulling away for a 69-53 win at Mabee Arena on Saturday night.

After Peru State hit five of its first six shots to lead 10-4 with 17 minutes to play in the half, the Bobcats went cold from the floor as the Coyotes picked up the defense. Peru State added just 11 more points over the final 17 minutes of the half, as the Coyotes used a 20-4 run to lead 24-14 with 5:58 to go in the half. After Peru closed within seven at 28-21, the Coyotes scored the final three points of the half, including a steal and jumper at the buzzer by Vanessa Kresin, to lead 31-21 at the break.

For the second straight contest, the Coyotes’ opponent made a run. After KWU led by 12 early in the half, Peru State stormed back, tying the game at 39 and again at 41 on buckets by Sydney Wilkinson and Sydney Young. The Coyotes would go right back in front with a 9-0 run, sparked by Alecia Smith’s three-point play.

The Bobcats would get no closer than eight points the rest of the way, as the Coyotes would slowly pull away, leading by as much as the final margin of 16 points.

Kresin led the Coyotes with 21 points, while Karlie Steinle added a career high 15 points and eight rebounds. Smith had 14 points and Christian Cassity added 11. Shelbie Hess led Peru State with 16 points.

The Coyotes improve to 7-8 on the season, while Peru State drops to 3-10.

Kansas Wesleyan visits Friends on Thursday. Pregame coverage is at 5:50 with tip-off at 6 on Classic Hits 104.9.