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Southwestern Women Hold off KWU Rally

Mike Hammett - December 12, 2013 8:07 pm

A furious second half rally wasn’t enough, as the Kansas Wesleyan women’s basketball team fell short against No. 9 Southwestern, 61-55 at Mabee Arena on Thursday night.

Kansas Wesleyan opened strong, as teh Coyotes led 5-2 early on baskets from Alecia Smith and Kalie LeShore. The Coyotes would have the lead cut to 5-3, but then go on a 9-2 run, capped on a three by Bethany Jeffery, to go up 14-5 with 12:41 to play in the half.

From there, the Coyotes struggled to score, getting just five more points in the half. Southwestern, which opened the game shooting 1-for-13, finished the half shooting 13-for-22. The Moundbuilders closed the half on a 28-5 run to lead 33-19 at the half.

The Coyotes would turn the tables in the second half. After Southwestern scored the first four points to lead by 18 at 37-19, the Coyotes went on an initial 10-0 run to cut the gap to eight at 37-29 on a basket by Caley Greving. The lead would stay between eight and 11 points for most of the second half.

Then, Weselyan broke through the three-possession barrier when Christian Cassity buried a three-pointer with 3:45 left. After a Southwestern free throw, Cassity hit another three, cutting the lead to 53-49 with 2:58 to go. It was the start of a 7-0 run by the Coyotes, tying the game at 53 on a lay in by Kalie LeShore with 1:39 left.

However, Southwestern would get two free throws by Jordan Hobbs on the ensuing possession, and never trailed again.

The Coyotes were led by Greving’s career-high 15 points, with all 15 coming in the second half. Cassity added 12 and 10 rebounds, posting her second double double of the year and sixth of her career.

Southwestern was paced by Jessica Hobbs’ 13 points.

Kansas Wesleyan drops to 5-7 overall and 1-2 in the KCAC. Southwestern is 10-1 and 3-0 in the league.

Kansas Wesleyan hosts Saint Mary at 2pm Saturday.