Kansas Wesleyan got 27 points from LaCole Wilkinson as the No.15 ranked Coyotes held off a furious rally by Concordia for a 78-75 win over the Bulldogs on Saturday afternoon in the Concordia Cattle Classic.
The Coyotes took as much as an 11-point lead at 25-14 with 9:28 to go in the first half on a three by Montric Santee, and then would later push their lead to 16 with 3:51 to go on a pair of free throws by Stephanie Frost.
The Coyotes would take a 44-29 lead into the halftime break.
A three by Wilkinson with 15:30 to go in the game pushed Wesleyan’s lead to a game high 17 points at 57-40, but the Bulldogs would start their comeback with 10:55 to go following Danielle Ekno’s score for the Coyotes that gave Wesleyan a 65-51 lead.
A bucket by Myhiah Dotzler and a pair of free throws by Amber Kistler started a 12-5 run for Concordia that halved Wesleyan’s lead with 5:11 to go at 70-63. The Coyotes went up by nine with 4:04 to go on a bucket by Jamie Alexander and then one last time with 3:37 to go on a pair of Santee free throws before the Bulldogs made their final push.
Concordia (3-2) scored the next eight points to cut the Wesleyan lead to one point at 76-75 with 1:24 to go. The Bulldogs even had a chance to take the lead but Nutter missed a shot with 40 seconds left, and a pair of Santee free throws with four seconds left and a steal by Frost from Kathryn Ommen sealed the deal for the Coyotes.
Wesleyan (4-0) was led by Wilkinson with 27 points, while Santee had 14 and Babcock had 11 as the Coyotes shot 20-of-58 from the field for 34.5 percent, but countered that with a 28-of-32 effort at the line for 87.5 percent. Frost scored only seven points, marking the first time this season she had not scored 20 points in a game.
Concordia got 26 from Kistler as the Bulldogs were 24-of-59 from the field for 40.7 percent. Kistler also had 13 rebounds to lead the Bulldogs.
The Coyotes return to action on Tuesday as they head to Baldwin City to take on Baker at 5:30 p.m.