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KWU Women’s Basketball goes 0-2 in Arkansas

KSAL Sports - November 18, 2013 6:26 am

SILOAM SPRINGS, Ark. – The Kansas Wesleyan Coyotes saw the No. 10 ranked College of the Ozarks Bobcats make an incredible second half run to come away with an 84-75 win over the Coyotes on Saturday at the John Brown Classic.

Wesleyan led by ten points at 68-58 with 7:38 to go in the game, but Ozarks would take the lead at 71-70 with 4:58 to go and build its lead to 84-72 just before the final buzzer, capping a 26-4 run on a free throw by Alice Heinzler with 25 seconds left.

The Coyotes had to rally from a 9-point first half deficit as the Coyotes trailed 32-23 with 4:08 to go in the first half. Wesleyan put together its own 13-0 run capped by a bucket by Vanessa Kresinwith 1:13 left to go up 36-32.

Ozarks took a 38-36 lead into the half.

Wesleyan opened the second half with an 11-0 run to take a 47-38 lead after Alecia Smith‘s free throws with 17:48 to go. Ozarks fought back to tie things up at 51-all with 14:33 left, but a couple of Smith free throws would give the Coyotes the lead back that they would maintain and grow to as many as ten points at 68-58 before Ozarks would rally.

Smith led Wesleyan with a 20 point, 10 rebound double-double, while Kresin added 14 points and Cassity had 13 as the Coyotes shot 28-of-66 from the field for 42.4 percent. Smith’s ten rebounds was a game high for both teams.

The Coyotes are back in action on Monday when they head to Bethany, Okla., to take on Southwestern Christian at 6 p.m.