credit: McPherson College
Salina, Kan. – Even with a career-high 18 points from freshman point guard Zatorian Abra, the McPherson College women’s basketball team fell to York College 75-63 in their non-conference finale. The Bulldogs sit at 2-14 for the year and are on a five-game losing streak.
MC controlled the opening minutes on Saturday and led by as many as six within the first five. York stormed back and tied it up before the midway point of the half. The Lady Panthers stole the momentum heading into the break and led 35-30. McPherson went 12-of-33 in the first half but made a mere 2-of-14 from deep. YC connected on 12 attempts as well but only put up 27; they were 5-of-12 from three-point land.
In the second, York maintained their slim lead and held off multiple comeback attempts by McPherson. Each time Mac needed a bucket to change the tide, it rimmed out. And conversely, the Panthers connected on multiple clutch shots to keep MC on the ropes. The final buzzer sounded with YC claiming a 75-63 victory. In the second half, the Bulldogs knocked in 11-of-34 field goals with 3-of-15 coming from range; they went 8-of-14 from the stripe. York converted on 14-of-27 from the floor and was 4-of-11 from beyond the arc; the team cashed in on 8-of-10 from the foul line.
Mac ended the contest making 23-of 67 from the field and drained 5-of 29 threes (17.7%); they converted on 12-of-19 free throws. The team netted 46 rebounds with an impressive 21 coming on the offensive side of the floor. The Lady ‘Dogs tabbed 16 turnovers, nine steals, nine assists, and three blocks.
Abra’s 18 points came on 7-of 9 shooting including 2-of-3 from deep; she also made 2-of-3 free throws. Bailey Brown tallied 10 points on just 2-of-13; she had nine rebounds and a team-high four steals. Sunny Smart continued to struggle shooting the ball from behind the arc as she went 0-of-9; the junior did score nine points and racked up 10 rebounds to lead the team. Callie Atkins and Alicia Demaret each added eight points.
KCAC play kicks off with a 6:00 (CT) matchup with the Sterling College Warriors in Sterling, Kansas on January 8th; the junior varsity is scheduled to play at 2:00.
McPherson College is a Kansas Collegiate Athletic Conference member school and a part of the National Association of Intercollegiate Athletics.