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Smith, Steinle Spark KWU Women’s Rout of Bethany

Mike Hammett - January 16, 2014 7:52 pm

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It was a slow start for Kansas Wesleyan, but freshman Karlie Steinle gave the Coyote women’s basketball team just the boost they needed.

Steinle scored 11 points in a seven minute span after entering the game in the first half, sparking a 23-6 run by the Coyotes to close the half, en route to a 72-41 win over Bethany on Thursday night at Mabee Arena.

Bethany controlled the game early, leading 6-2 and 8-6 before the Coyotes scored five straight, taking an 11-8 lead on a three-point play by Vanessa Kresin.

Bethany would retake a 12-11 lead on a bucket by Alex Brammer, leading to coach Ryan Showman taking a timeout.

Out of the timeout, the Coyotes picked up the pace on defense, which sparked the offense. Steinle hit a lay-up and a three to give Wesleyan a 16-12 lead. It started a 12-0 run, capped by free throws by Alecia Smith to put the Coyotes up 23-12.

Bethany got back within nine at 25-16, but the Coyotes immediately pushed the lead back to double digits, and took a large lead of 16 at the break on a three point play by Chrisitan Cassity and a basket by Smith.

In the second half, the Coyotes poured it on. Alecia Smith hit three three-pointers as Wesleyan built as much as a 31-point lead. Bethany would never cut the lead under 20 in the final 16 minutes.

Smith had 22 points and 11 rebounds for her second double double in the last three games. Steinle picked up her first career double double with 13 points and 13 rebounds. Cassity was one rebound shy of a double double with 16 points and 9 rebounds.

The Coyotes are 9-9 overall and 4-3 in the KCAC, while Bethany drops to 2-17 and 0-7 in the KCAC.

The Coyotes host Bethel on Saturday.

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