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Women’s basketball ends the regular season with a couple of home games


Wednesday: Tabor at Kansas Wesleyan, 6 p.m., Mabee Arena

Saturday: York to Kansas Wesleyan, 6 p.m., Mabee Arena


The games will be available online through the Coyote Sports Network at www.kcacnetwork.com/kansaswesleyan. Live stats will be available at www.kwucoyotes.com. Radio coverage will be on FM-104.9 in the Salina area and worldwide at www.ksal.com. Jackson Schneider will have the pre-game call starting at 5:45pm both days.


Kansas Wesleyan 17-9 overall, 15-5 KCAC

Tabor 17-8, 15-5

York 9-15, 6-13 (at Friends Wednesday)


Tabor has won three in a row and won six of his last eight, including a 60-50 victory Jan. 4 in Hillsboro in the first meeting this season. The Bluejays won 58-48 in Hillsboro and 70-67 in overtime in Salina last season. KWU’s most recent win was 50-45 on February 10, 2021 in Hillsboro. Tabor has a 21-17 lead since February 2006.

The Coyotes won five straight and 15 of 16 against York. They defeated the Panthers 81-75 on January 7 in York, Neb. and they won 72-38 at Salina and 81-58 at York last season. The Coyotes are 15-1 against York since 2005.


The Coyotes and Tabor are tied for third in the KCAC standings at 15-5, 1 1/2 games behind second-place Bethany, 17-4. The Swedes wrap up the regular season with a home game against McPherson on Wednesday. Tabor plays against Avila on Saturday in Kansas City, Mo. The KCAC Postseason Tournament, featuring the top eight teams in the final standings, begins February 23.

The Coyotes split two games last week as they defeated Saint Mary 70-68 in overtime inside Mabee Arena and lost to No. 21 Sterling 76-66 on Saturday in Sterling. Angel Lee (SO/Grandview, Mo.) hit two free throws with 1.3 seconds left to force overtime and Jill Stephens (SO/Colby, Kan.) hit two free throws with 1.4 seconds left in extra time against Saint Mary. Tylieea Wallace (SO/Overland Park, Kan.) had 18 points and Stephens 13 for KWU. The Coyotes led Sterling 48-41 with 5½ minutes left in the third quarter, but the Warriors responded with a decisive 26-5 run. Wallace had a season-high 15 points, but KWU had 22 turnovers.

Wallace had 13 points and nine rebounds in the first game against Tabor, but was the only Coyote in double figures. KWU had 22 turnovers in the contest. Caila Hill (SR/Rossville, Kan.) had 17 points and LaMyah Ricks (JR/Shawnee Mission, Kan.) 15 in game one against York. KWU led 59-56 after three quarters.


The Bluejays have won six straight and eight of nine. They defeated Bethel 65-48 last Wednesday in North Newton and downed Friends 50-41 in Hillsboro on Saturday. They also defeated Bethany 61-51 on February 4 in Hillsboro.

Tabor’s strength is its defense, as always. The Bluejays are fourth in the NAIA in runs allowed (50.3 points), 71st in opponent field goal percentage (37.5), 94th in opponent 3-point percentage (28.8) and just over nine-ball average steal in game.

Tabor gets 62 points per game. Zoe Rust leads the team in scoring (11.5) and rebounding (5.6). Kassidy Beam is next to score (8.1).


The Panthers defeated York 72-69 on Saturday in York, ending a three-game losing streak but have lost seven of their last nine and nine of their last 12.

Imani Honey leads York in scoring (14.9) followed by second half addition Arcadya Conway (12.0) and Kiara Pesina (10.4). Honey, the team’s point guard, is also the best rebounder (6.5).

York are scoring 63 points per game, allowing 67 and averaging just over 20 turnovers. The Panthers are shooting 36 percent overall, 29 percent from beyond the 3-point arc.

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