NORTH NEWTON — A slow start out of the gate and a poor-shooting second half doomed the Southwestern College women’s basketball team Tuesday night in a 64-41 KCAC loss at Bethel at Thresher Gymnasium.
The Lady Builders (0-6, 0-4 KCAC) trailed 14-5 after the first quarter, hitting just 2 of 12 shots from the floor.
Bethel wasn’t much better, hitting only 2 of 11 from the floor, but went to the foul line 10 times, sinking nine. Southwestern did not get to the line at all in the first 10 minutes.
The teams played even in the second half, both scoring 10 points on 4-of-16 shooting from the floor. That allowed the Lady Threshers (3-2, 3-1) to take a 24-15 halftime lead.
Southwestern tried to catch up in the second half, but an 0-of-7 effort from beyond the arc didn’t help and instead allowed the Lady Threshers to begin to pull away, taking a 41-26 lead into the fourth quarter.
Bethel hit 9 of 15 from the floor down the stretch while the Lady Builders were just 4-of-14 shooting from the floor and finished shooting 35.1 percent (20 of 57).
Junior Lauren Richter led Southwestern with 13 points, the only player in double figures. The Lady Builders were just 1 of 13 from the 3-point arc.
Abby Schmidt led Bethel with a 24-point, 19-rebound double-double, hitting 9 of 12 from the floor and 6 of 8 from the line. Kendall Michalski added 23 points for the Lady Threshers, who finished 35.1 percent (20 of 57) shooting from the floor and 15 of 20 from the line.
The Lady Builders remain on the road for a 6 p.m. matchup Friday at Bethany.
The Lady Swedes (3-2, 2-2) fell to Sterling 93-75 on Tuesday.