By Clinton Dick
The Lady Builders scored their lowest point total since Nov. 12 in a 57-51 road loss to the Kansas Wesleyan Coyotes Thursday night in Salina. The loss is the team’s second in their past three games and drops them one game behind Friends University, who now leads the Kansas Collegiate Athletic Conference with a 13-2 conference record and 19-8 overall record. Southwestern drops to 18-7 overall and 12-3 in the KCAC.
Despite the Lady Builders having the highest scoring margin and point total per game average on the season, they struggled against the Lady Coyotes, who boast the conference’s leading scoring defense. Kansas Wesleyan came into Thursday’s game allowing just above 58 points per game.
The Lady Coyotes went on a 9-3 run in the first half that put them ahead 20-13 with 6:58 remaining on the clock. They extended their lead to eight at halftime, going into the locker rooms up 33-25.
The Lady Builders made things interesting in the second half when Brett Bates, senior guard, hit a three-point basket to give the team a 37-36 lead. They would go up again after a Lady Coyote comeback 43-41 with 8:11 remaining in the game. Kansas Wesleyan answered with a 7-2 run to go up by three and never looked back, knocking off the No. 14 ranked team in the nation 57-51.
The Lady Builders host the Ottawa University Lady Braves Saturday at 5 p.m. in Stewart Field House.
Clinton Dick is a junior majoring in convergent journalism. You may e-mail him at firstname.lastname@example.org.