Cougar News
Women's Basketball - Tue, Feb. 26, 2013
MAYFIELD, Ky. - After falling on the road at NAIA #23 Bethel University on the final day of the TranSouth Regular Season, the Mid-Continent University women's basketball team learned they earned a rematch with the Lady Wildcats in the first round of the TranSouth Tournament. In the Tournament contest, the effort for Mid-Continent was much improved, however, the result was the same.
Mid-Continent (8-22) hung around in the game, thanks to a combination of good defense and timely shooting, but in the end, the Cougars faded late, and Bethel (21-9) took the win 73-48.
Lindsey Woody connected on a 3-pointer just over two minutes into the contest to give Mid-Continent a 3-0 lead, and the Cougars enjoyed a small advantage for much of the opening period. Timely long-range shooting from Woody, Breona Houston, and Kara Carneyhan, combined with solid rebounding from Houston, Sian House and Stephanie Malone, allowed Mid-Continent to enjoy a lead of as many as six points, but Bethel would respond. With 5:50 to play in the half, Alisha Gentry connected on a jumper to give Bethel just their third lead of the ballgame, and the Lady Wildcats did not trail again. Bethel built a seven-point advantage with 1:40 to go, but Woody drained a 3-pointer with 34 ticks remaining in the period, and at the break, Bethel's lead was just four points, at 29-25.
Mid-Continent got as close as four points in the second period, but their legs began to tire, and the pressure defene of the Lady Wildcats began to have its desired effect on the Mid-Continent offense. The Cougars continued to battle, as the clock wound down, but they were unable to make any headway into the Bethel lead. In the final minutes of the game, Bethel slwly pulled away, stretching their lead to as many as 26, taking the win 73-48 and earning a date with NAIA #1 Freed-Hardeman University in the TranSouth semifinals on Friday night.
Woody led the Cougars with 16 points in her final collegiate game, with fellow senior Houston - who added 13 in the loss - joining her as the only Mid-Continent players in double figures. Malone grabbed a team-high 10 rebounds in the game. Mid-Continent made 17-of-57 (29.8%) shots on the night, including 8-of-25 (32%) from long distance. At the foul line, however, the Cougars were a disappointing 6-for-15 (40%) in the game.
The loss ends Mid-Continent's season one win shy of tying the program record for victories in a single season. Malone finished with a single season record 507 points - the second best total in Mid-Continent history, trailing only Kenny Thomas's 2009-10 season for the Mid-Continent men's team when he scored 515 points.