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KWU Women Outlast Haskell

Mike Hammett - December 2, 2013 8:57 pm

Poor shooting and turnovers plagued both Kansas Wesleyan and Haskell on Monday night, but defense and rebounding made the difference for the Coyote women’s basketball team in a 45-40 win over the Indians at Mabee Arena.

In the first half, the Coyotes and Indians traded baskets early, but KWU used an 8-0 run by Vanessa Kresin to take a 13-6 lead.

Haskell answered back, scoring the next six points to pull within one at 13-12 with 8:42 to play in the half.

Both teams struggled to score over the final part of the first half. Kansas Wesleyan hit just three field goals over the final 13:42 of the half, while Haskell had just three field goals in the final eight minutes of the half.

Neither offense improved much in the second half. The Coyotes slowly built as much as an 11-point lead at 37-26 on a three by Alecia Smith with 8:38 left. Haskell would chip away, getting as close as four at 42-38 with 2:21 to play, but the Coyotes would not allow the Indians any closer down the stretch.

Shooting was not either team’s strength. The Coyotes hit just 28.6 percent from the floor in the first half, while Haskell was worse at 22.9 percent. In the second half, things didn’t get much better as the Coyotes hit just 17 percent from the floor for 23 percent in the game. Haskell hit just 25 percent of its shots for the game.

Vanessa Kresin led the Coyotes with 14 points and 14 rebounds. Caley Greving and Alecia Smith added 11 rebounds each for KWU. Keli Warrior led Haskell with 18 points. KWU outrebounded Haskell 60-37 in the game.

The Coyotes are 4-5 on the season and visit Tabor on Thursday.