Goshen, Ind. — The Bethel University Women’s Basketball squad grabbed their second Crossroads League victory of the season, escaping a late Goshen College rally in the fourth quarter to win 65-63 Saturday afternoon.
The Pilots went back and forth with the Mapleleafs in the first quarter with Maiah Shelton leading the charge with two 3-pointers, ending the period with Bethel in front 12-9.
The second quarter was when Bethel started to create a cushion with a lead of 14 heading into half. Katie Kinker had a positive quarter as she hit two 3-pointers and grabbed a couple of rebounds. The Pilots took a 14 point lead a the intermission, 33-19.
In the second half, Goshen snuck up on the Pilots after being down by double figures for a long stretch. Sa’Drea Rougeau, who kept Goshen’s offense in the fight with 21 points total in the game, helped pull the Mapleleafs within five points at the end of the quarter, 45-40 Bethel.
The Pilots held an 11 point lead with 2:59 to go, but the game was far from over. Multiple shots from Goshen fell as Bethel couldn’t stop turning the ball over vs. the Mapleleaf full court pressure. Addi Jones hit two clutch free throws with :12 left on the clock to give the Pilots a 63=59 lead but a quick 3-point shot from Goshen’s Lillian Null with six seconds left in the game made it 63-62. Pilot freshman Ellia Foster was fouled and confidently drained two shots from the charity stripe.
Goshen had a glimmer of hope when Sophia Eli was fouled and made her first free throw, but a lane violation nullified her intentional miss and Bethel snuck away with the win.
Senior Katie Kinker led the Pilots with career highs in points (23) and rebounds (9) to go along with four assists. Maiah Shelton continued her sensational sophomore season with 18 points, seven assists, and four rebounds. Ellia Foster added 10 points in support.
Bethel’s overall record stands at 6-14 with a Crossroads League record of 2-9.
INSIDE THE BOXSCORE
The Pilots shot 46.7% (21-45) from the field.
Katie Kinker hit 6-7 from the 3-point line.
Bethel shot 55.6% (10-18) from the 3-point line.
NEXT TIME OUT
Bethel will travel to Spring Arbor, Mich. to take on Spring Arbor on Wednesday, Jan. 25, at 7:00 p.m.