STERLING— The Swedes women's basketball team was unable to serve the no. 11 Sterling Warriors their first loss of the season. Bethany fell to the Warriors 72-54 in the first KCAC contest of 2019.

Sterling started things off strong with an 11-0 kickoff over the Swedes in the first three minutes of play. The Swedes got on the board with a Kelsi Mueller, junior guard, three pointer. Bethany was able to work the score back within five points, the Warriors then tried to push their lead deep into the double-digits but the Swedes would keep them at a 10-point advantage at the end of the first quarter.

However, to start the second period, the Warriors again started out with a run, this time just four points over a minute and half. The Swedes were able to work back down to 10 points by the five-minute mark. But Sterling was able to push their lead to 13 by the end of the half. The Swedes went into the locker room trailing 39-26.

The Swedes were able to trade baskets with the Warriors throughout most of the third quarter. While Sterling was able to push their lead to 18 three minutes in, but the Swedes fought it back down to 14 immediately with back to back scores by Erin Richardson, senior guard, and Halei Wortham, sophomore guard. Sterling was able two once more push their lead that high, but again the Swedes managed to immediately work it back down. Bethany finished off the third quarter trailing 54-39.

The fourth quarter was much of the same story with the Swedes fighting to keep in the game and the Warriors struggling to pull away. However, the Swedes effort was not enough to come back within range. The finally finished the contest at an 18-point disadvantage.

The Details . . .

Three Swedes led the team in scoring with double-digits. Sena Atkas, junior guard, finished with 12 points, followed by Cassidy Enns, senior forward, with 11, and Marissa Pope, senior guard, with 10. As a team the Swedes shot 36.4 percent from the floor and both teams pulled down 38 boards on the night.

Up Next . . .

The Swedes hit the road again on Saturday, Jan. 5 to head to the University of Saint Mary. Tip off for this contest is set for 3 p.m. in Leavenworth, Kan.