Sterling, Kan. - On Thursday night in the Gleason center the Sterling College Lady Warriors defeated the Bethany College Swedes in the Kansas Collegiate AthleticConference (KCAC) Women's Basketball Championship Tournament Quarterfinal Round. Sterling won the game 65-51 without two key players who experience season ending injuries in the last week. Jannica Schultze injured her knee on Saturday in Sterling's regular season finale, and Kayla Eilert injured her knee in practice on Monday.
In the first half, Sterling struggled from behind the three point arc, going two for nine and shooting only 22%. Sterling was able to build a ten point lead in the half, but was unable to truly distance themselves from Bethany early in the game. The Swedes fought on the boards and played tough defense in the post, triple teaming Sterling's Britany Gasper at times, to keep within striking distance. At the half, the score was 35-25.
Bethany came out in the second half determined and quickly cut the lead to just two points. The Lady Warriors were forced to battle in the second half as Bethany continued to pressure SC in the post and force the Lady Warriors to shoot from the outside. That strategy would have worked as SC shot four for 19 from three point land, but Sterling's defense was able to turn pressure into points. S