HILLSBORO — The Bethany College women’s basketball team has finally arrived.
Thought to be a sleeper in the preseason, Keith Ferguson’s women pulled off the shocker of all shockers on Saturday by stunning KCAC leader and nationally ranked Tabor on the Bluejays’ home court, 51-50.
Tabor, ranked No. 14, led 43-32 going into the fourth quarter as nothing seemed to be out of the ordinary. But the Swedes blitzed the Jays with a 19-7 fourth-quarter explosion to send shockwaves throughout the KCAC by handing Tabor its first conference loss.
Lauren Welsch had yet another double-double with 16 points and 10 rebounds to lead Bethany. She is the reigning KCAC Offensive Player of the Week.
Bethany is now 4-3 in the KCAC and 8-6 overall as Ferguson is turning the program around in a hurry.
• Tabor men 98, Bethany 65 — Maybe the women’s loss fired up the Tabor men as they came out and crushed the Swedes, dropping them to 2-5 in the KCAC and 5-9 overall.
Isiah Saenz, back from an injury led the Swedes with 23 points and Thomas Hood scored 15. The Swedes were without star player Tyler Larkin.
Julian Winton led Tabor with 21.
After being on the road for a week, the Swedes are back home on Tuesday to face high-scoring Oklahoma Wesleyan.