By Angel Vadillo
Sports editor

Trinicia Shaffer, junior guard, and Montana Rickey, sophomore guard, defend against a Lady Thresher. Shaffer ended with eight points and Rickey with four. (Angel Vadillo/Collegian Photographer).

Lady Builders await University of Saint Mary Lady Spires after defeating Bethel Lady Threshers 72-57 at Stewart Field House. Saint Mary stands 6-13 in the National Association of Intercollegiate Athletics.

Dave Denly, women’s head coach, said, “The game is going to be tough. Every conference game is tough, and Saint Mary is coming ready to play hard.”

The Lady Builders jumped on top of the scoreboard 15 seconds into the game as Jana Reichenberger, freshman forward, won the jump ball and lead the offense to score what were going to be the first points the top scorer marked for the night. Bethel answered back and took the lead 4-2.

The Lady Builders went to the lockers with a 10-point difference.

“We need to be physical on defense when rebounding,” said Jordan Hoobs, sophomore guard. “We need to extend our lead when getting up in the score.”

Second half started the same way the first half ended with both teams pressuring and scoring points. The Lady Builders were always with the lead. They climbed up to be 17 points apart for the Lady Threshers during the second half.

Reichenberger ended the night with 23 points. She made six out of seven field goals and had 10 free throws from 14 shot. Zefiryn Bryan, junior forward, finished with seven rebounds, three on offense and four on defense.

Catherine Cranmer, sophomore guard, said the team’s defense pressure intensity is what needs to be worked on.

The team ended with 0.36 percent in field goals and 0.18 percent for three-point field goals. Now, the Lady Builders stand 7-1 in the Kansas Collegiate Athletic Conference and 12-5 in the NAIA. Their next game against the Lady Spires will be Jan. 16 at Stewart Field House. Tip-off is at 6 p.m.

Angel Vadillo is a sophomore majoring in communication. You may e-mail him at angel.vadillo@sckans.edu.