After ten minutes of play, it looked like the Lady Pilots were well on their way to their second victory in as many days, leading the Warriors of Indiana Tech 19-5. However, BC lost momentum and ultimately surrendered their double-digit advantage in the waning seconds of the third period and dropped the match 77-66. The loss moves Bethel's season record to 7-8 heading into the final 15 games of the season, which will all be Crossroads League matchups. The Warriors move to 10-5 with the win.
Bethel opened the contest with four straight points from close range, courtesy of Angelique Moore and Savannah Bley. Holding a 10-5 lead after four minutes, BC's defense locked down while the offense opened up a 9-0 run to end the period. The Lady Pilots didn't slow down in the opening minutes of the second period and built their lead to as many as 16 when a five-point run capped off with a triple from Aimee Swihart and a fastbreak layup from Macie Hinen ballooned BC's advantage to 24-8.
Bethel's spurt was cut short when back-to-back threes from the Warriors started a 22-10 run that tallied the halftime totals to 34-30 in favor of the Lady Pilots. In the half, the Warriors were able to make their comeback by cashing in six triples on 13 attempts, three of which were off the half's leading scorer, Haley Cook.
The Lady Pilots remained in control of the scoreboard throughout the third quarter but surrendered the lead they had held for the better part of 30 minutes when Taylor Seiss connected on a two-point field goal moments before the third quarter closed. While BC was able to stay within just two possessions for nine minutes, they were never able to retake the lead. Trailing by four with 75 seconds to play, Seiss again came up big for her squad, connecting on her third triple of the night to put Tech up 69-62. A barrage of free throws allowed the Warriors to widen the gap, leading to the 77-66 final.
Swihart led all scorers pouring in a season-high 21 points in the loss. She also hit a season-high five triples, connecting on 62.5 percent of her attempts from long range. BC also received 11 points from Moore and 10 from Bley. Ashley Lutz chipped in 12 rebounds in the losing effort.
As a team, BC outrebounded the Warriors 43-34 but were off pace with Tech offensively, shooting 37.3 percent from the field while the home squad finished hitting 45.3 percent of their attempts that included 10-of-19 (52.6 percent) from behind the three-point line.
Holding a 2-1 mark in league play, Bethel dives into the remainder of the Crossroads League regular-season schedule beginning Saturday, January 2nd against NAIA No. 9 Indiana Wesleyan. The taxing schedule for BC is just getting started as after their meeting with the ninth-ranked Wildcats, the Lady Pilots are scheduled to face NAIA No. 7 Marian on Wednesday, January 6th followed by back-to-back road contests against NAIA No. 24 Goshen and NAIA No. 20 Huntington.
The Bethel College Pilots compete in 17 intercollegiate sports for men and women. While accumulating 3 NAIA National Championships and 32 NCCAA National Championships by 10 different athletic teams, Bethel has also produced 122 NAIA All-American honors and 287 NAIA Scholar-Athlete honors over the past decade. Bethel College is an accredited Christian college offering associate, bachelor's, and master's degrees in more than 70 areas of study. Connect with Bethel Athletics online at BethelCollegePilots.com or via Facebook (Facebook.com/BethelPilots) and Twitter (Twitter.com/Bethel_Sports & @Bethel_Sports).
|Bethel College 7-8||19||15||16||16||66|
|Indiana Tech 10-5||5||25||21||26||77|
|Dec. 30, 2015|
|Fort Wayne, Ind. (Schaefe|
|Bethel College||Indv. Leaders||Indiana Tech|
|#21 Aimee Swihart - 21||Points||#11 Taylor Seiss - 18|
|#24 Ashley Lutz - 12||Rebounds||#24 Kendall Knapke - 9|
|#24 Ashley Lutz - 5||Assists||#33 Taylor Carver - 5|
|Bethel College||Team Statistics||Indiana Tech|
|37.3% (25 - 67)||Field Goals %||45.3% (24 - 53)|
|41.2% (7 - 17)||3 Point Field Goals %||52.6% (10 - 19)|
|64.3% (9 - 14)||Free Throws||86.4% (19 - 22)|
|0||2nd Chance Pts||0|