Following a win on Friday night over Johnson Bible College 73-22 things got a lot closer for the Lady Knights on Saturday.

On Friday, senior Kelsie Thrasher led four players in double figures with 14 points and nine rebounds. Autumn Carter added 12 and Meredith Reed and Cheryl Rutherford had 10 each. KCU shot 44-percent for the game and it was not close.

Then came Saturday. Wesley College from Mississippi was in town for the first-ever meeting of the two teams. Things started off innocently enough with the teams trading baskets. KCU ran out to a quick eight-point lead and then they hit the wall offensively. Able to score only five points in the final 11 minutes, the Lady Knights found themselves down 21-18 at halftime as defenses dominated.

"Wesley is big, strong and athletic. They dominated us inside more than any team had been able to do all year. We could not rebound against them and they scored several nice baskets on power and polish," is the way Coach Arnett put it.

Coming out the second half the coach changed the starting lineup with three starters on the bench to see if things could improve. Early on they did with KCU taking a 26-25 lead with 15:34 to go. Then things really fell apart as Wesley ran out to a 10-point lead,47-37 with 5:30 remaining in the game.

The game turned even more interesting from there as KCU outscored Wesley 15-0 down the stretch to win 52-47. Thrasher scored an inside basket at 4:32 to get with in eight. Freshman Tara Weddle hit a 3 with 1:53 left to cut the margin to five. Sophomore Cheryl Rutherford hit back-to-back baskets to cut the lead to 1 with 1:16 to go.

From there it was up and down the floor with Weddle sealing the deal with four straight free throws in the final 50 seconds.

"Coach Williams definitely had his kids ready to play," said Arnett. "They knew what to do and they did it. I don't know if it was our pressure or nerves that got them at the end but whatever it was we sure pulled one out that we should have lost."

Weddle led KCU in scoring with 14, Reed and Baldwin had 7, Stacy and Thrasher had 6, Rutherford and Savage 4, Carter and Hecht 2 each. The win raises the season record for KCU to 22-4 with four regular season games left before Tournament Time.

Tuesday, the Lady Knights will travel north to Ohio Christian for a rematch of a double overtime win earlier this semester.

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