By Erica Dunigan
Until Saturday night, the Lady Builders had not defeated Sterling since January 2009.
That winless streak ended Saturday night as the Lady Builder women’s basketball team cruised past the Sterling Warriors 75-70 at the Gleason Center.
It was the first win at the Gleason Center against the Lady Warriors for Dave Denly as the Lady Builders’ head basketball coach.
The win over the nationally-ranked Warriors (24) moves the Lady Builders to 2-0 in the Kansas Collegiate Athletic Conference and 6-4 overall.
“We were all very excited about the game on Saturday and very pleased with the victory,” said Denly. “It is always very tough to win on the road in our conference and especially at Sterling.”
Right as the ball was tipped off the Builders controlled the pace throughout the first half pressuring the Lady Warriors all the way until the buzzer went off, ending the half in their favor 37-25.
The second half picked up right where the first had left off. The Lady Builders silenced Sterling’s home crowd, showing that they were going to be a team to beat this season.
Kaitlin Tennyson, sophomore guard, posted her season high scoring 17 and grabbing six rebounds to lead the Lady Builders. “Kaitlin Tennyson played extremely well offensively and defensively,” said Denly. “We had solid performances from all of our starters and the bench played very well.”
Tennyson was not the only Builder to enter the double point range Saturday evening. Zefiryn Bryan, sophomore forward, put up 14 points and Brett Bates, senior guard, followed close behind with 13 points.
Southwestern will return to Steward Field House Dec. 8 to face University of Saint Mary. The game tips off at 6 p.m.
Erica Dunigan is a senior majoring in convergent journalism. You may email her at email@example.com.