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Reimer Returns as McPherson Visits KWU

KSAL Sports - February 13, 2014 7:13 am

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(LIVE STATS | LIVE AUDIO | LIVE VIDEO | KWU TWITTER | McPHERSON TWITTERThe Kansas Wesleyan Women’s Basketball team hosts McPherson College on Thursday night at Mabee Arena. Tipoff for the game is scheduled for 6 p.m., as Wesleyan is hosting Alumni Night, with special alumni recognitions and events going on throughout the night.

The game also marks the first time that former coach Gordon Reimer comes into Mabee Arena as a visiting coach, as he is in his first season leading the McPherson College program.

LISTEN AND WATCH LIVE
The game can be heard live in Salina on Classic Hits 104.9 with the ‘Voice of the Coyotes’ Mike Hammett with the call along with Justin Dean. Fans can also listen online at www.1049classichits.com. Live stats will be available by clicking on the Live Stats link on the KWU Athletics website at www.kwucoyotes.com and live video will be available through the KCAC Digital Network by visiting http://kwucoyotes.ihigh.com.  Updates will also be posted on Twitter (@kwucoyotes).

THE LAST MEETING AND SERIES
Student bested Mentor in the first meeting between McPherson and Wesleyan this season as the Coyotes picked up a 71-63 win in McPherson marking Coach Ryan Showman‘s first victory over Reimer. McPherson led 4-0 to start the game, but Wesleyan came back to tie things up 10-all with 12:09 to go in the first half. The Coyotes built a 32-26 lead with 2:29 to go in the half, but McPherson used a 7-0 run to end the half and take a 33-32 lead at the break. McPherson led by seven, 45-38, with 14:07 to go, but the Coyotes would power back in front by six with 9:15 left. McPherson tied things up at 53-all with 5:45 left but the Coyotes would take a 63-53 lead thanks to a 10-0 run with 2:58 left. Alecia Smith led the Coyotes with 22 points and nine rebounds whileVanessa Kresin had 10 points and seven rebounds. Aubrey Barton had 22 points and ten rebounds to lead McPherson.

Since 1999-2000, Wesleyan leads the all-time series 18-12.

PROBABLE STARTERS FOR KANSAS WESLEYAN (12-13, 7-7)
NO. NAME PPG RPG APG/SPG
12 Christian Cassity (G, 5-11, Sr.) 13.5 6.4
25 Kalie LeShore (G, 5-7, Jr.) 4.2 1.8 2.5 APG
31 Vanessa Kresin (G, 5-9, Jr.) 15.4 5.8 2.0 SPG
32 Alecia Smith (G, 5-10, Sr.) 14.4 8.2
34 Caley Greving (F, 6-1, So.) 4.2 4.4
PROBABLE STARTERS FOR McPHERSON (8-18, 4-10 KCAC)
NO. NAME PPG RPG APG/SPG
10 Breahna Gillespie (5-8, Sr., G) 4.8 4.2
13 Aubrey Barton (6-1, So., G/F) 12.7 6.3
22 Bailey Brown (5-4, So., G) 11.1 6.3 2.2 APG
24 Whitney Jefferson (5-3, So., G) 2.8 2.7
44 Cami Englebert (5-10, So., F) 7.0 5.0

LOOKING AT THE COYOTES
Wesleyan is 12-13 overall continuing their recent rollercoaster season of winning a game, then losing a game. The Coyotes haven’t put back-to-back wins together since beating McPherson then Bethany on the first trip through the conference schedule.  Wesleyan is 7-7 in the conference and is in solid possession of fifth place in the standings. 

Vanessa Kresin continues to lead the Coyotes in scoring at 15.4 points per game and ranks second in the KCAC in scoring.Alecia Smith ranks fourth in the conference in scoring at 14.4 per game, but leads the Coyotes in rebounding, averaging 8.2 per game which ranks second best in the conference. The Coyotes shoot 39 percent from the field on the way to averaging 67.6 points per game. Wesleyan also pulls down 41.3 rebounds per game. Wesleyan holds its opponents to 37.8 percent shooting while averaging 66.4 points per game and pulling down 41.4 rebounds per game. 

Wesleyan ranks No. 17 in defensive 3-point percentage (.281), No. 24 in blocks (90), blocks per game (3.6) and defensive rebounds per game (28.96), No. 36 in defensive field goal percentage (.379), No. 40 in scoring defense (66.44) and rebounding average (41.32) and No. 45 in total rebounds (1033). 

Alecia Smith ranks No. 32 in defensive rebounds per game (6.0), No. 44 in total rebounds (205) and No. 46 in rebounding average (8.2). Christian Cassity ranks No. 37 in total blocks (31) and No. 44 in blocks per game (1.24). 

MILESTONE ALERTS
Several Coyotes are approaching milestones in their careers at KWU. Alecia Smith needs just 18 points to hit 1000 for her 3-year career at Wesleyan. Kresin is averaging a career best 15.4 points per game this season helping her to close in on the 1000-point milestone as a junior. Kresin needs 60 points to reach the mark and a good finish to the season could give her a golden opportunity to break the Wesleyan all-time career scoring record that has stood for 29 years next season. Senior Christian Cassity also has a chance to reach 1000 points this season, needing 74 to reach the mark. 

LOOKING AT McPHERSON
McPherson enters Thursday night’s contest looking to snap a three-game losing streak and turn the tides on having lost 12 of their last 13 games. The Bulldogs are 8-18 overall and 4-10 in the KCAC after last Saturday’s 67-54 loss to Tabor. The game was tied 15-all with 12:24 to go in the first half when Tabor went on a 14-2 run to take a 29-17 lead with 4:42 left. The Bluejays led 39-26 at the half and extended their lead to 47-32 with 16:12 left. McPherson got within ten with 14:20 to go before Tabor regained a 16-point lead with nine minutes left. The Bulldogs battled back to get within six with 5:09 to go before Tabor responded with a 9-0 run to take control of the  game. Aubrey Barton led McPherson with 15 points and seven rebounds. Janelle Rust led four Tabor players in double figures with 19 points. 

Aubrey Barton leads McPherson averaging 12.7 points per game, while Barton and Bailey Brown share top team rebounding honors, each averaging 6.3 per game. McPherson shoots 36.4 percent from the field while averaging 59.9 points per game and the Bulldogs pull down 39.2 rebounds per game. McPherson’s opponents shoot 37.8 percent from the field and average 65.7 points and 38.3 rebounds per game. 

McPherson ranks No. 34 in defensive 3-point percentage (.291), and defensive field goal percentage (.378), No. 36 in scoring defense (65.731) and No. 49 in total rebounds allowed (38.346). Aubrey Barton ranks No. 37 in total blocks (31). 

UP NEXT FOR THE COYOTES
Wesleyan is back on the road for the next two games, heading to archrival Bethany on Saturday in Lindsborg and then to Bethel next Thursday. The Coyotes close the regular season at home on February 22 against Sterling.

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