Friends Outlast Bethany Women in Defensive Battle

Wichita, Kan. – The Bethany College Women’s Basketball team lost a conference matchup with the Friends University Falcons on Wednesday night 45-55.

Bethany would take an early 3-2 lead over the Falcons when Julia Nygard, senior guard, connected on a triple after the Falcons had netted a layup. Friends would answer with another interior bucket to go up one. The Falcons would extend their lead to three after a pair of free throws. Autumn Garrett, sophomore guard, would then drive in for two points following a Friends turnover. Friends answered with a three pointer to make it 9-5. That’s when Halei Wortham, senior guard, connected on a three from the top of the key and then Vasha Moore scored inside to put the Swedes up 10-9.  Friends would score as time expired in the first quarter to pull ahead 11-10.

Friends opened the second quarter with a basket to go up by three. Meghan Goff, sophomore guard, would then sink a pair of free throws to make it 13-12 Friends. The Falcons would score on their next possession before another Goff free throw made it 15-13. Hannah Ferguson, junior center, would tie the game with a basket in the paint. Julia Nygard would then score five straight points to extend Bethany’s lead to 20-15. Back to back three’s by the Falcons would make it 21-20. Halei Wortham would put Bethany back on top with an and one to make it 23-21 Swedes. Friends would tie the game but Wortham would answer with a three to put Bethany up 26-23 with a minute to go in the half. Friends would score the final four points of the half to go into the locker room up 27-26.

Friends would split a pair of free throws to open the half before Autumn Garrett scored four straight points in the paint to give Bethany College a 30-28 advantage. The Swedes would extend the lead out to eight on consecutive baskets by Garrett, Vasha Moore, and Hannah Ferguson. Friends would cut the lead to five with a three point play by Khadijah Miller. Halei Wortham would push Bethany back out in front 38-31 with a midrange jumper. Following a pair of free throws for the Falcons Vasha Moore would score inside to make it 40-33. The Falcons would close the quarter on a 7-0 run to tie the game at 40 heading into the fourth quarter.

Friends would open the fourth quarter on a 13-2 run to make it 53-42 with 3:22 remaining. Halei Wortham would get it back to nine on a pair of free throws before Friends would score on an offensive rebound by Tiffany Hurd to put them back up eleven. Hannah Ferguson would sink a free throw with 2:28 remaining to provide the final score of 55-45 as both teams displayed tough defense down the stretch.

Halei Wortham led the Swedes with 13 points on the night followed by Vasha MooreJulia Nygard, and Autumn Garrett who all had 8 points. Garrett led the Swedes with 5 assists on the evening and collected a team high 3 steals. Vasha Moore and Hannah Ferguson both had double figure rebounding numbers finishing with 12 and 10 rebounds on the night.

Bethany shot just 31.4% from the field and 30.8% from three for the night while holding the Falcons to 37% from the field and 38.5% from three. Friends held a 40-34 advantage on the glass. Bethany forced 19 Friends turnovers while having 16 of their own.

Up Next . . . 

The Swedes will travel to McPherson, Kan. on Saturday to take on the Bulldogs of McPherson College. The KCAC matchup is scheduled to begin at 1:00 PM as Bethany looks to avenge a 60-58 loss from December 16.