Kansas Wesleyan ended the Tabor College women's basketball season
Saturday night, with a 16 points, 10 rebounds double-double by Kaylaen
Dittmer powering the Coyotes to a 74-54 victory. Despite the
lopsidedness of the final score, the Bluejays forced K-W to ride its
starters more heavily than a team preparing to face tournament top-seed
Sterling would prefer. And while Wesleyan dominated the scoreboard from
the outset, Tabor put together several stretches of highly effective
play—especially after coach Shawn Winter turned loose a press defense
midway through the second half.
Having fallen behind by 12 points in the first five minutes of action,
the Bluejays regained a little ground on a 3-pointer by Andrea Robinson
and a long 2-pointer by Gina Hullet. The Coyotes then used a 13-2 run
to raise their lead to 21, forcing a Tabor timeout 8:30 before the
break. K-W led by as much as 27 on their way to a 46-21 first half
Playing for pride, the Bluejays allowed Wesleyan to lead by 30 points
for all of 22 seconds between a 3-pointer by Coyotes forward Jenni
Vopat and a 3-point reply by Kirsten Watson. Watson's triple started a
stretch during which the Bluejays played the opposing starters evenly
for 10 minutes, after which the Bluejays put together a 13-2 run that
chopped the Coyote lead to 65-50 with 5:05 remaining.
K-W went back to its starting lineup to close out the game, and was
immediately awarded three free throws when MacKenzie Dick was called
for fouling Emily Luckeroth. Luckeroth buried all three, then converted
Dittmer's steal into an "and-1" layup with 3:56 to go. Luckeroth
finished with 17 points. Jennie Vopat's layup restored the K-W lead to
20, and Coyote subs closed out the contest. Vopat finished with 12.
Wesleyan, undefeated on its home floor this season, outscored Tabor
21-6 at the foul line, 27-18 from the 3-point arc, and 22-13 off
Leading Tabor, Hullet put together a 17-10 double-double, while Watson
scored 12 points—all on 3-point shots—and Andrea Robinson added 14.