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KWU Women Hit 11 3’s in Rout of Sterling

Mike Hammett - February 22, 2014 6:52 pm

Kansas Wesleyan’s women’s basketball team used a red-hot three point shooting night to pull away from Sterling for an 83-64 win at Mabee Arena on Saturday’s Senior Night.

In the first half, Kansas Wesleyan raced out to a quick 12-3 lead, using a pair of early three point baskets by Alecia Smith. Sterling cut the gap to six at 14-8, but Wesleyan would quickly push the lead out to double digits, leading 23-11 on a basket by Christian Cassity with 9:15 left.

Wesleyan would then get red hot from the floor, going on a 12-3 run, getting a three each from Cassity and Katie Pfeifer, to lead 35-16.

Sterling closed the half strong, limiting Wesleyan to just four points over the final six minutes of the half, as Sterling cut the gap to 13, 39-26 at the break.

In the second half, Sterling continued its charge. The Warriors scored the first nine points of the half, and eventually closed within three at 41-38. Wesleyan and Sterling started to trade buckets, but the Coyotes were hitting threes and Sterling was getting two-point baskets. Wesleyan slowly pulled out to an eight point lead at 52-44.

Wesleyan would then start to pick things up defensively. The Coyotes went on a 14-4 run to push the lead out to 63-48 on free throws by Alecia Smith.

Wesleyan continued to pour it on, going up as much as 21 down the stretch in picking up the 83-64 win.

Wesleyan was led by a career-high 26 points from Smith in her career finale at Mabee Arena. Kresin added 15 points and Cassity had 14. Sterling was led by 15 points from Lori Dauer, while Kristin Waters and Kelsey Strobel each had 12 points and Randi Lucas had 11.

Wesleyan improves to 15-14 overall and 10-8 in the KCAC, while Sterling closes the regular season at 10-18 overall and 6-12 in the league.

Wesleyan is the number five seed for the postseason tournament, which starts on Wednesday. The Coyotes visit Ottawa, with pregame coverage at 6:50pm with tip-off at 7 on Classic Hits 104.9 and online at 1049classichits.com.