By Clinton Dick
Editor in Chief
For the first time in school history, the Lady Builders win the Kansas Collegiate Athletic Conference Tournament. An incredible 57-27 second half run dispatched the Kansas Wesleyan Lady Coyotes 90-65 Tuesday night at Hartman Arena in Park City. With the win, the Lady Builders punch their ticket for the third consecutive year to the National Association of Intercollegiate Athletics National Tournament.
The Lady Builders hit 35 percent from the field, including just two of 13 from beyond the arch and went into the locker rooms down 38-33.
A quick 5-0 run put Southwestern up within the first two minutes of the second half. After that, it was off to the races. A Jordan Hobbs, sophomore guard, layup at the 10 minute mark gave the team their biggest lead of the night to that point 62-51. A three-point basket by Montana Rickey, sophomore forward, a minute later extended the lead to 67-53. That was as close as the Lady Coyotes would get from there on out.
Southwestern shot 63 percent of their shots in the second half, including a complete turnaround from the three-point line, going eight for 11. They also snagged 43 rebounds, including 24 offensive boards.
Jana Reichenberger, freshman forward, led the Lady Builders with 16 points. Rickey followed with 14 points and two three balls. Annjelina Robinson, senior guard, and Hobbs both had 10 for the Lady Builders.
Kansas Wesleyan’s Alecia Smith, junior guard, led all scorers with 20 points, 13 coming in the first half. Christian Cassidy could not follow up her impressive first half performance of 14 points, and finished with 16 on the night.
The first round of the NAIA National Tournament is March 6.
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Clinton Dick is a senior majoring in convergent journalism. You may e-mail him at firstname.lastname@example.org.