The Bethel College women’s basketball team saw a 20-point lead in the second half disappear, but got back off the canvas to claim a 77-70 win over Southwestern Wednesday night in KCAC play at Thresher Gym.

Southwestern never lead in the game, but did tie it with 4:46 to play.

The game featured 67 fouls and six players foul out, including two of Bethel’s posts. The two teams combined for 53 turnovers, 29 on the Moundbuilders.

“It was hard to get flow in that one,” Bethel coach Drew Johnson said. “We have to be able to adjust to the officiating and not allow them to shoot free throws. We did shoot 76 percent from the line in the second half.”

Karlie Schroeder scored 21 points with 10 rebounds for her first career double-double. She had a single-game career high in scoring and was one rebound shy of a career high in rebounding.

“It’s great. It’s a good feeling,” Schroeder said. “I love this team so much. It’s great to have a game like this. After some losses, this was a good win. I was glad to be able to contribute.”

“One of the things Karlie wanted to do this season, and something she did tonight, is be a senior leader,” Johnson said. “Sometimes it’s scoring and sometimes it’s rebounding. She always plays with a lot of intensity. She guarded their best play, (Jazmyne) Lasky all game long. Lasky was held to 12. Getting 21 and 10, as well as guarding their best player, is a great game.”

Jade Brown scored 12 points. Abby Schmidt scored 10.

Southwestern, 3-12 overall and 2-8 in KCAC play, was led by Marissa Evans with 15 poinys. Jazmyne Lasky scored 12 points with nine rebounds. Rylee Barnes scored 11 points.

Bethel jumped out to a 6-0 lead despite two of six free throw shooting. The Threshers led 10-6 at the end of the period, hitting three of 14 from the field. Southwestern finished the quarter one of 10 shooting.

Bethel led by as many as 10 early in the second quarter. The Moundbuilders replied with an 8-0 run. A Josie Calzonetti putback with 24 seconds left in the period put Bethel back up by 10, 32-22, at the half.

Bethel made a 10-0 run to start the third quarter. Barnes broke the run with a 3-pointer with 5:49 left in the period. A Charon Cheatham trey got the Moundbuilders back within 10 with 1:24 left in the period. Neither team scored in the remaining time, leaving Bethel up 48-38.

Southwestern extended its run by four points to start the final quarter. Schmidt broke the run with a layup with 8:03 left in regulation. Ashley Carrillo hit a putback with 7:06 remaining to get the Moundbuilders within four. London Futch followed with a layup.

Jazmyne Laskey hit two free throws with 4:46 in regulation to tie the game. Schroeder put Bethel back in the lead with a three-point play 14 seconds later. After one of two Barnes free throws, Schroeder hit two free throws for Bethel. Kendall Michalski followed with a 3-pointer with 3:31 to play. Alyssa Cox answered with a three-point play.

Jade Brown hit a layup with 2:13 in regulation, followed by a Schroeder layup to put Bethel up by eight. After a technical foul on the SC bench, Schroeder missed a pair of free throws, but Michalski hit two to put Bethel back up by 10.

Brown hit two free throws with 26 seconds left to put Bethel up by eight.

“We’ve been talking since the Christmas break about competing all the way through,” Johnson said. “Southwestern is a very good basketball team. You have to credit them for the way they comeback. Some of what you saw was a little but of youth. Sydney Tenant played well at the end of the game. She got a couple of rebounds. It’s a testament to our competitiveness. We’ve had some crazy lineups on the floor this season. We had some guards on the floor at the end of the game and that helped us against their defense.”

“It’s hard to control what the referee calls,” Schroeder said. “We just have to push through it and do what we do. It was good on us to win the game. We were able to score points when we needed them and we played defense when we needed to.”

Bethel plays at 5 p.m. Saturday at Friends, followed by McPherson on the road Monday. Friends and Bethel are tied for fourth in the conference. Friends is 6-9 overall after an 87-77 loss to NAIA Division I Central Methodist Sunday.

“They are well coached,” Johnson said. “They will try to speed up the game. We have to have the same intensity there. This will be our fourth game on the road against the four top teams in our conference. We need to play well.”

MONDAY’S GAME — The Bethel College women’s basketball team was able to stay with NCAA Division II Pittsburg State for three quarters, but the fourth was too much for the Threshers in a 72-47 loss to the Gorillas Monday afternoon at John Lance Arena in Pittsburg.

The game counted as an exhibition for Bethel. PSU improves to 10-1.

Bethel trailed 17-12 after the first quarter, 27-19 at the half and 46-35 after three quarters, but the Gorillas won the fourth quarter 26-12.

PSU was 28 of 60 from the field, while Bethel was 17 of 50. The Threshers did hold a 39-36 rebounding edge.

Tristan Gegg and Athena Alvarado each scored 14 points for Pitt State. Shelby Lopez added 10 points.

Kendall Michalski, Abby Schmidt and Karlie Schroeder each scored 12 points for Bethel. Schmidt had 12 rebounds.

Wednesday’s game

SOUTHWESTERN (3-12, 2-8 KCAC) — Brittany Lawler 2-4 3-3 7, Claren McCormick 0-2 0-0 0, Makala Canada 2-7 0-0 5, Marissa Evans 5-7 5-8 15, Jazmyne Laskey 4-8 3-8 12, Ashley Carrillo 1-7 0-0 2, Alyssa Cox 3-6 3-4 9, Rylee Barnes 4-6 2-4 11, Charon Cheatham 3-4 0-0 7, London Futch 1-3 0-1 2. TOTALS 25-54 16-28 70.

BETHEL (11-4, 6-4 KCAC) — Caitlin Williams 0-0 1-2 1, Karlie Schroeder 5-10 10-16 21, Josie Calzonetti 3-7 1-2 8, Riley Schmieder 3-7 3-4 9, Kendall Michalski 2-3 3-4 9, Jade Brown 2-13 7-10 12, Kayla Newman 1-5 2-4 4, Alex Bearup 1-7 0-2 3, Abby Schmidt 3-4 4-7 10, Sydney Tenant 0-0 0-0 0. TOTALS 20-56 31-51 77.

S-western;6;16;16;32;—70

Bethel;10;22;16;19;—77

Total fouls — SC 37, BC 30. Technical fouls — SC: coach 1:41-4q. Fouled out — SC: Carrillo 3:45-4q, Barnes 2:33-4q, Canada 1:15-4q. BC: Schmidt 4:03-4q, Newman 3:12-4q, Schroeder :28.7-4q. 3-point shooting — SC 4-8 (Canada 1-1, Laskey 1-1, Cox 0-2, Barnes 1-2, Cheatham 1-2), BC 6-18 (Schroeder 1-3, Calzonetti 1-3, Michalski 2-3, Brown 1-5, Bearup 1-4). Rebounds — SC 30 (Laskey 9), BC 46 (Schroeder 10). Assists — SC 9 (Laskey 4), BC 12 (Brown 4). Turnovers — SC 29 (Evans 8), BC 24 (Brown 6). Blocked shots — SC 3 (McCormick 1, Cox 1, Barnes 1), BC 1 (Schmidt 1). Steals — SC 8 (Laskey 3), BC 8 (Brown 4).

Monday’s game

BETHEL (10-4, exhibition) — Michalski 4-8 1-1 12, Schmidt 4-8 4-6 12, Schroeder 4-5 2-4 12, Brown 1-8 0-0 2, Schmieder 0-4 0-0 0, Calzonetti 2-8 0-0 4, Bearup 1-6 1-4 3, Newman 1-1 0-2 2, Tenant 0-2 0-0 0, Williams 0-0 0-0 0, TOTALS 17-50 8-17 47.

PITTSBURG STATE (10-1) — Alvarado 6-8 2-4 14, Lopez 4-8 1-2 10, Maher 2-3 0-0 6, DaMitz 2-5 1-1 5, Williams 1-5 0-2 2, Grgg 5-12 1-2 14, Scott 4-8 1-1 9, Crain 2-3 0-0 5, Fortney 1-4 3-8 5, Tracy 1-4 0-0 2, Bauza Rubert 0-0 0-0 0, Davis 0-0 0-0 0, Brodie 0-0 0-0 0, TOTALS 28-60 9-18 72.

Bethel;12;7;16;12;—47

Pitt St.;17;10;19;26;—72

Total fouls — BC 20, PSU 11. Technical fouls — none. Fouled out — none. 3-point shooting — BC 5-10 (Michalski 3-4, Schroeder 2-3, Calzonetti 0-1, Bearup 0-2), PSU 7-16 (Lopez 1-2, Maher 2-3, Williams 0-1, Gegg 3-7, Crain 1-1, Tracy 0-2). Rebounds — BC 39 (Schmidt 12), PSU 36 (Williams 8). Assists — BC 9 (Brown 2, Schmeider 2, Bearup 2), PSU 18 (Crain 5). Turnovers — BC 27 (Brown 8), PSU 17 (DaMitz 4). Blocked shots — BC 3 (Schmidt 2), PSU 2 (Alvarado 1, Brodie 1). Steals — BC 3 (Brown 2), PSU 14 (Alvardo 4). Officials — Devon Tourtillott, Todd Smith, Kimberly Elliott. Attendance — 694.