Women’s Basketball returns to action at Southwestern Wednesday, hosting Tabor Saturday

Kansas Wesleyan Women’s Basketball returns to the hardwood for the first time in 2024 as the Coyotes head to Winfield on Wednesday to take on Southwestern, then host Tabor College on Saturday inside Mabee Arena.WEDNESDAY’S GAMEOpponent: SouthwesternTime: 5 p.m.Location: Stewart Field House, WinfieldSATURDAY’S GAMEOpponent: TaborTime: 5 p.m.Location: Mabee Area, SalinaLIVE COVERAGE


  • The Coyotes have had their way with Southwestern of late winning 10 in a row dating back to November, 2018. KWU won last year’s only contest 77-50 on January 11 inside Mabee Arena. Wesleyan has won the last four games in Winfield and has a 23-17 edge since 2006.
  • Tabor has won seven of the last 10 games against KWU but the Coyotes have a 21-18 advantage since 2006. The Coyotes and Bluejays split last season, Tabor winning 60-50 January 4 in Hillsboro and KWU prevailing 62-61 February 23 in Mabee Arena.


  • The Coyotes will look to get back on the winning track Wednesday after losing their last two games before the holiday break. KWU had won three in a row prior to the skid. The Coyotes are 2-2 on the road so far this season.
  • LaMyah Ricks and Jill Stephens lead the offense. Ricks averages a team-best 12.0 points and leads the team in rebounds (56), assists (24) and steals (16). Stephens averages 11.5 points and has a team-high 29 made 3-pointers (29-82, 35.4 percent). She’s also the top rebounder with 53.
  • KWU averages 68.3 points and is shooting 37.7 percent, 27.9 percent from 3-point range. Opponents average 69.7 points and are shooting 42 percent, 34.4 percent from beyond the 3-point arc.


  • It has been a difficult for year so far for new coach Chardonnae Parker. The Moundbuilders were winless first semester but were close in a couple of KCAC games before the break losing at Oklahoma Wesleyan 70-66 and Bethel at home 83-75.
  • Southwestern is averaging 57.7 points per game while shooting 32.7 percent, 28.1 percent from the perimeter. Opponents average 78.6 points and are shooting 43 percent overall. The Moundbuilders are turning the ball over an average of 19.7 times per game.
  • Christy Wiebe and Kennedy Ford share top scoring honors at 11.2 points with Saylee Smith next at 10.4. Ford and Smith are freshmen. Wiebe is the leading rebounder at 8.3 per game.


  • The Bluejays take a six-game winning streak into their conference game against Friends on Wednesday in Wichita. The average margin of victory in those six games was 24.2 points and included a 16-point victory at Sterling.
  • The Bluejays average 70.1 points and their opponents 59.3. They are shooting 46.6 percent overall which includes an NAIA-best 42.6 percent from beyond the arc. Opponents are shooting 39.8 percent overall. Tabor was 5-2 on the road at the break.
  • Freshman Lillie Veer averages a team-best 9.1 points off the bench. Senior Madie Kassidy is next at 8.8 then senior Alivia Owens at 8.4 and senior Alicia Baker at 7.8. McCoy is the leading rebounder at 4.3.