Hot-Shooting Moundbuilders End Coyotes' Season
Mike Hammett - Tue 10:11 PM 02/26/2013
For the first 25 minutes, it looked like more of the same of the last two games for the Kansas Wesleyan women's basketball team. The last 15 made it look like the team had run out of gas against a hot shooting Southwestern team.
Southwestern won the Kansas Conference tournament with a 90-65 win over Kansas Wesleyan at Hartman Arena in Park City on Tuesday.
The Coyotes trailed 15-6 early before going on a 10-0 run, taking their first lead on Stephanie Frost's three-pointer with 10:30 to play in the half.
The lead would change hands nine more times in the half, with KWU taking the final lead on a bucket by Alecia Smith to go up 29-27 with 4:19 to go in the half.
KWU managed to build a five point halftime lead on a three by Christian Cassity ahead of the buzzer and was up 38-33 at the break.
In the second half, Southwestern surged back in front at 40-38, but the Coyotes would regain the lead and led 47-44 with 15:51 to go.
That's when things went south quickly for the Coyotes. Southwestern outscored Kansas Wesleyan 46-18 the rest of the way, leading by as much as 26 and cruising to the win.
Southwestern shot 48.6 percent for the game, but hit 62.9 percent of their shots in the second half, including eight-of-11 from 3-point range. The Coyotes were 40.7 percent from the floor, but 32 percent in the second half.
Alecia Smith had 20 points for the Coyotes, while Christian Cassity tallied a double-double with 16 points and 11 rebounds.
The Coyotes end the season 18-13.