The Lady Pilots picked up their biggest win of the season on Saturday by stunning the 17th-ranked Wildcats of Indiana Wesleyan 63-60. The win moves BC's record to 7-17 on the season and 4-8 in league play while IWU falls to 16-8 overall and 9-3 in Crossroads League action. The win ends a nine-game win streak that the Wildcats had over the Lady Pilots dating back to February of 2013 and also marks the first win for the BC program over an NAIA top-25 opponent since March of 2013.
The Lady Pilots, who struggled offensively against the Wildcats earlier this month, jumped out to an early seven-point lead to make it 13-6 just six minutes into the ballgame. The triple by freshman Lauren Grewe at the 3:59 mark that put BC up seven was the last field goal of the half for either squad.
BC's lead grew to nine in the opening minutes of the half, but the Wildcats clawed their way back to within two on multiple occasions. Holding a slim 21-19 edge, Grewe came up big again for the Lady Pilots by draining another triple to give BC back their two-possession advantage with three minutes remaining in the half. Another offensive lull saw just one field goal and one free throw in those last three minutes, and at the break, the Lady Pilots led IWU 25-21.
After being in control for the first 20 minutes, the tides turned in the third. IWU used an 11-6 run out of the gate to take their first lead of the game on a field goal from Brittany Washington. The Wildcats threatened to take full control when up 38-33. However, a bucket from Savannah Bley, a free throw from Kamala Glenn, and yet another triple from Grewe made for a timely 6-0 run that kept the contest tight. Indiana Wesleyan answered with a 9-0 push that lasted into the fourth quarter, and with under nine minutes to play, the Lady Pilots were in their biggest hole of the night at 47-39.
No strangers to comebacks, BC put their heads down and went to work both offensively and defensively. While holding the Wildcats scoreless, BC landed a triple by Glenn, a free throw from Bley, another triple from Grewe, back-to-back free throws from Macie Hinen, an old-fashioned, three-point play from Madison Schrock, and a layup by Bley that flipped an eight-point hole into a six-point cushion in a five minute and 30 second stretch. In the final three minutes, BC never surrendered the lead and hit eight-of-ten attempts from the free-throw line, including a perfect six-of-six by Schrock all of which came under 30 seconds in the game. Each free toss kept IWU at arm's length as they attempted to make a run in the final minutes.
Leading by three with just three seconds to play, an untimely dead ball turnover gave IWU the last shot of the game, but their last look was off the mark.
Grewe led the Lady Pilots with 17 points, which is a new career high for the Mishawaka High School product. Coming up big for BC on multiple occasions, Grewe netted five triples on seven attempts, which goes down in the books as another career high. Schrock finished with 16 on the night while netting nine-of-nine from the charity stripe. Bley was the final Lady Pilot to reach double figures, finishing with 14.
After going winless in their first 12 games, the Lady Pilots are now winners in seven of their last 12 with six games remaining on their regular-season schedule. Next up for BC is a short road trip to Goshen College. Tip-off between BC and GC is set for Wednesday, February 1st at 6:00 p.m. The Bethel men will follow the ladies with an 8:00 p.m. tipoff against the Maple Leafs that same night.
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 143 NAIA All-American honors and 309 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, Twitter (@Bethel_Sports) and Instagram (@BethelPilots).
|Indiana Wesleyan 16-8 (9-3)||6||15||24||15||60|
|Bethel College 7-17 (4-8)||13||12||14||24||63|
|Jan. 28, 2017|
|Indiana Wesleyan||Indv. Leaders||Bethel College|
|#33 Nicole Ignasiak - 19||Points||#11 Lauren Grewe - 17|
|#3 Chelsea Winner - 7||Rebounds||#32 Macie Hinen - 8|
|#10 Anna Imhoff - 5||Assists||#12 Kamala Glenn - 5|
|Indiana Wesleyan||Team Statistics||Bethel College|
|48.1% (26 - 54)||Field Goals %||42.9% (18 - 42)|
|20% (3 - 15)||3 Point Field Goals %||38.9% (7 - 18)|
|100% (5 - 5)||Free Throws||74.1% (20 - 27)|
|0||2nd Chance Pts||0|