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KWU Women Rally Past Peru State

KSAL Sports - November 5, 2013 6:15 am

Kansas Wesleyan picked up its first win of the 2013-14 season on Monday night as the Coyotes held on for an 82-81 win over Peru State at the Al Wheeler Athletic Complex.

Wesleyan junior Vanessa Kresin scored a career high 33 points in the victory that boosted the Coyotes’ record to 1-2 on the season.

Peru State built a 31-19 lead in the first half, but a bucket by Karlie Steinle would get the Coyotes back on track as the Coyotes went on an 11-0 run to get within a point on Christian Cassity‘s three with 1:59 to go in the half. The Coyotes would trail 40-35 at the half.

Niki Wilson‘s three in the second half tied things up at 47-all and another bucket by Wilson would give the Coyotes a 51-47 lead. The Coyotes would turn the lead into their favor by as many as nine points at 72-63 before a three by Peru’s Karlee Stuart got the Bobcats back within a point. The Coyotes led by five before Peru was able to close the gap to just one point at the end of the game as Wesleyan held on for the 82-81 win.

Kresin’s 33 points eclipsed her previous career high by 11 points as her previous career high came last season against College of the Ozarks. Cassity added a 16 point, 10 rebound double-double in the game for the Coyotes as they shot 30-of-64 from the field for 46.9 percent. Alecia Smith also had 16 for the Coyotes.

The Coyotes are back on the road on Friday as they head to Hastings, Neb., to take on the Hastings Broncos at 6 p.m. at the Lynn Farrell Arena. Wesleyan’s home opener is next Monday when the Coyotes host Culver-Stockton at 6 p.m. at Mabee Arena.