Zefiryn Bryan, sophomore forward, makes it past a Bethel defender during the game Wednesday. The Lady Builders won by 20 points and will face Kansas Wesleyan Saturday. (Jonathan Woon/Collegian photographer)

By Clinton Dick
Staff writer

Brittney Chamberlin, junior guard, scored 25 points, one shy of her season best, to lead the Lady Builders to an 82-62 win Wednesday night. The team took down the Bethel College Lady Threshers for the second time in five days to advance to the semifinal round of the Kansas Collegiate Athletic Conference tournament. The game was the opening round of the women’s tournament.

A 10-0 run with eight minutes remaining in the first half gave Southwestern a 17-6 lead early on. Brett Bates, senior guard, drove to the basket with three seconds remaining and laid the ball to give the team a 35-19 lead going into halftime.

The Lady Builders hit 52.6 percent of their shots in the first half compared to Bethel, who shot 27.6 percent from the field. Chamberlin had 14 of her team’s 35 first half points.

The second half opened up with a wave of fouls by the Lady Threshers. The team had five fouls 1:58 into the half and nine with 15:16 remaining in the game. Early foul trouble didn’t stop Bethel from making things interesting. The team stormed back to chop the lead in half at 49-41 at the 12:15 mark. Two back-to-back three-point baskets by Chamberlin up Southwestern back up by 14 with 11:10 remaining in regulation.

The Lady Threshers hung around for a portion of the second half, but a layup by Kristy Herman, junior guard, with four minutes left put the Lady Builders up 74-54 and the team closed out the game from there.

Courtney Watson, sophomore forward, had one of her best games as a Lady Builder, scoring 17 points, all of which came in the second half. Zefiryn Bryan, sophomore forward, had 10 for the Lady Builders and snagged seven rebounds.

Jessica Muckenthaler, senior guard, had 18 points for the Lady Threshers in her final collegiate game.

Southwestern returns home to host Kansas Wesleyan University at 2 p.m. Saturday. The Lady Coyotes took out McPherson in their quarterfinal game and are the No. 3 seed in the tournament.

Clinton Dick is a junior majoring in convergent journalism. You may e-mail him at clinton.dick@sckans.edu.