|Feb. 11, 2017|
|Kansas Wesleyan||Indv. Leaders||Sterling (Kan.)|
|#33 Mariah Knox - 17||Points||#33 Jessica Princ - 20|
|#31 Maddie Miller - 7||Rebounds||#12 Kilee Harris - 8|
|#24 Brylee New - 4||Assists||#12 Kilee Harris - 3|
|Kansas Wesleyan||Team Statistics||Sterling (Kan.)|
|38.7% (24 - 62)||Field Goals %||41.2% (21 - 51)|
|30.8% (8 - 26)||3 Point Field Goals %||40% (4 - 10)|
|73.7% (14 - 19)||Free Throws||71.4% (20 - 28)|
|12||2nd Chance Pts||5|
STERLING, KAN. – The Lady Warriors looked to take on Kansas Wesleyan for a tough KCAC matchup on Saturday evening. Despite playing behind for most of the first half, Sterling would battle back to send the game into overtime, but the Coyotes would come out with the victory to hand the Lady Warriors the 70-66 loss.
The game started with a quick basket from Kansas Wesleyan, but Kennedy Sokoloski would answer back by knocking down a three to set the tone early. The two teams battled back and forth, with Sterling getting scores from Kilee Harris and Hailey Davis to pace the Lady Warriors on offense. The Coyotes would end the quarter on a strong note, using a 7-0 run to lead 17-11 after the first quarter.
Sterling would cut into the Kansas Wesleyan lead with scores from Jessica Princ and Jordin Greer to make it a two-point game, but the offensive surge continued for the Coyotes, as KWU would use a 9-0 run to jump ahead 28-17 midway through the second quarter. With 3:04 left in the first half, the Lady Warriors would find some rhythm in the final minutes, using free throws from Mayda Stallbaumer and a three-pointer at the buzzer by Hailey Davis to make it 28-22 in favor of Kansas Wesleyan at the break.
In the third quarter, the Coyotes would continue to keep their lead at double-digits, keeping the Lady Warriors from getting back into the game. A 9-0 run would put Kansas Wesleyan ahead 37-22 with 7:16 left in the third, but Sterling would continue to fight, rattling off six straight points with free throws from Kilee Harris, Jessica Princ, and Kortney Ricke. Both teams would hit baskets throughout the quarter, with the Coyotes keeping a comfortable lead. A free throw with seven seconds left for Kansas Wesleyan would put the Coyotes ahead by 11, but Hailey Davis would have enough time to get a layup at the buzzer to make it 47-38 at the end of the quarter.
Sterling would start the fourth quarter on the right note, with Hailey Davis hitting a three-pointer from the corner to make it 47-41. The Lady Warriors would continue to get scores inside from Kilee Harris and Jessica Princ, with Davis adding another three-pointer to cut into the Coyote lead. With less than five minutes to play, Sterling would use a 6-0 run behind free throws from Jordin Greer and back-to-back buckets by Princ to tie the game, 54-54. Kansas Wesleyan would jump ahead by three with 2:19 to go, but Jessica Princ would continue her presence down low, adding another score to keep Sterling within reach. With time running, out the Lady Warriors would find themselves down two with five seconds left in regulation. Sterling would put the ball in their lone senior's hands and Hailey Davis would deliver, scoring a tough shot inside at the buzzer to tie the game, 58-58 forcing overtime.
In overtime, Kansas Wesleyan would get started with a four-point play to jump ahead 62-58. Free throws from Mayda Stallbaumer, Kilee Harris and Hailey Davis would keep Sterling close, but the Coyotes would continue to hit key shots to shut down the Lady Warrior rhythm. A late three-pointer from the Coyotes would give KWU a 68-62 lead, but Sterling would fight back with scores from Harris and Jessica Princ in the final minute. However, Kansas Wesleyan would hit their free throws late to keep a slight lead on their way to the overtime victory over Sterling, 70-66.
Sterling was led in scoring by Jessica Princ who finished with 20 points, while Hailey Davis added 17 and Kilee Harris scored 14. Harris also led the Lady Warriors with eight rebounds and three assists.
Sterling (18-10, 12-8) heads to Bartlesville, Oklahoma on Thursday, February 16th to take on the Oklahoma Wesleyan Eagles at 6 p.m.
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