Mac women defeated

McPherson College's Sharla Odhams drives against Rhema's Sarah Adams.

By STEVE SELL, Sentinel Sports Editor

LINDSBORG -- You don't see many turnarounds like this one.

McPherson College's women played the first 10 minutes as if they could have beaten Kansas State, jumping out to a 20-1 lead over Rhema Bible College.

But the Eagles played the last 30 minutes like, well, Kansas State.

Rhema shook off its non-existent start to score 71 points in the final 30 minutes for a 72-63 victory, handing the Bulldogs their second loss in as many nights in the Bethany College Classic.

Mac is now 6-4 as the Rhema game doesn't count, according to NAIA guidelines. The first game, a Mac win, also didn't count. Another Mac win, against Hillsdale, also didn't count.

"We lost our momentum and our rhythm," Mac coach Mel Wright said. "We knew when they added (Bethany) Spanich, that would make them better.

Spanich, playing only her second game after sitting out as a transfer, did not score in the first half and had 5 rebounds. But in the second half, she scored 21 points and pulled down 15 rebounds, as the Bulldogs' inside defense couldn't contain her.

On the outside, Rhema was receiving 25 points from All-America candidate Angel Barnett, even though she didn't make a field goal for the first 12 minutes.

Wright said more than anything else, conditioning hurt his team. After leading 32-24 at the half, it simply ran out of gas, probably because it had only two practices before this tournament and not even all the players were available at that time.

"We need to get back into the gym for some good conditioning," Wright said. "We have some time to get ready for Friends."

Erica Alvarez scored 18 points to lead the Bulldogs while Amy Gremmer scored 14. Mac was outrebounded 41-23, as the Eagles time and again were able to get inside position on the Bulldogs.

Mac will take a 3-1 KCAC record into its game Thursday with Friends.

Mac (63) -- Odhams 4 1-2 9; Jackson 1 1-3 3; Gremmer 5 1-2 14; Bond 3 2-5 8; Alvarez 7 4-4 18; Robinson 1 0-0 3; Drescher 2 1-2 6; Stover 1 0-0 2. Totals -- 24 10-18 72. 3-pointers -- Gremmer 3, Robinson 1, Drescher 1.

Rhema (72) -- Snyder 3 2-6 8; Barnett 7 6-8 25; Adams 1 0-0 2; Roberts 3 0-1 9; Spanich 6 8-8 21; Ibarra 2 0-0 4; Raglin 1 1-2 3. Totals -- 23 17-25 72. 3-pointers -- Barnett 5, Roberts 3, Spanich 1.