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Southwestern Women Rally for Win over KWU

Mike Hammett - February 1, 2014 7:49 pm

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A game-ending 12-0 run by Southwestern kept the No. 11 Moundbuilders undefeated run in the KCAC alive, as Southwestern’s women’s basketball team rallied past Kansas Wesleyan 72-68 at Stewart Fieldhouse in Winfield.

Southwestern’s rally spoiled a career-night by Christian Cassity, who scored 38 points, beating her own career high by 16 points and coming up short of the KWU single game record by two points.

The Coyotes opened the game on an 8-0 run, and held Southwestern off the board until the 14:51 mark of the half.

Southwestern closed within three at 9-6, but then Wesleyan went on a 7-0 run, with all the points from Cassity, to go up 16-6 wtih 12:27 to go in the half.

With Wesleyan up 20-10, Southwestern went on a 9-0 run to cut the deficit to 1 at 20-19 with 6:34 left in the half. The Coyotes would respond with five straight points to push the lead to 25-19.

Southwestern would make a couple charges at the lead, but the Coyotes went up 32-27 at the half on free throws by Karlie Steinle with two-tenths of a second left.

In the second half, the Coyotes re-established a double digit lead, scoring 11 of the first 15 points, taking a 43-31 lead on back-to-back buckets by Vanessa Kresin with 16:18 left.

The Coyotes had a nine point lead at 49-40 with 13:22 left when the Moundbuilders went on a 10-0 run, capped by a bucket by Zefiryn Bryan to take their first lead of the game, 50-49, with 10:17 left.

Wesleyan quickly answered with a free throw by Cassity to tie the game at 50, and went back in front at 52-50 on more Cassity free throws.

After Southwestern tied the game at 52, Cassity scored five straight points to rebuild a 57-52 Coyote lead with 7:57 left.

Southwestern would get as close as two at 57-55 and again at 64-62, but four straight points from the Coyotes, including a basket by Alecia Smith, pushed the lead to four at 68-64 with 3:15 left.

Those were the last points for the Coyotes.

Wesleyan struggled with turnovers down the stretch, as Southwestern scored the final 12 points. Montana Rickey had the go-ahead lay-in with 44 seconds left, and Trinicia Shaffer sealed the win with a lay-up with under 10 seconds left.

Cassity was the only Coyote in double figures with 38 points. Shaffer paced Southwestern with 17 points, and was helped out by Montana Rickey and Kaitlin Tennyson with 11 points each. Bryan added 10.

Kansas Wesleyan drops to 11-12 overall and 5-6 in the KCAC, while Southwestern is 20-3, 12-0 in the league.

KWU is at Saint Mary on Thursday.

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