Written by Katie Morford Tuesday, 11 December 2012 14:36
The Tabor College women took care of business and defeated two conference opponents this week to improve to 4-0 and remain tied for the top spot in the KCAC standings with Southwestern.
Tabor downed Bethany College at home Thursday, 60-45, before traveling claiming a 71-42 victory on the road at rival Bethel College.
The?Bluejays now boast a 7-5 record for the season.
“You can’t beat that,” coach Shawn Reed said. “It’s been awhile since we’ve been able to say that here, and we just need to keep playing hard.”
Bethel—Tabor came strong out of the gate and never let up, building a 39-20 lead at halftime. The Bluejays went on to outscore Bethel by 10 points in the second half for the 71-42 win.
“It’s a rivalry game, so you just throw the record books and everything out the window,” coach Shawn Reed said. “I understand better now what that rivalry means to people here.”
Tabor guards Nikki Lewis and Katlyn Mary shared top scoring honors with 19 points each. Janelle Rust added 10 points.
Jazmyne Smith led on the glass with seven rebounds, and Rust added six boards.
Bethany—Tabor struggled out of the gate in Thursday’s 60-45 win, allowing Bethany to pull ahead by as many as six points, 24-18, with four minutes left in the half.
But Tabor rallied for a six-point run in the remaining minutes to tie it up, 26-26, at the break.
Tabor played lights out in the second half, responding to an Swede bucket at the start with a 16-point burst that put the Bluejays on top, 42-28, with just under 15 minutes remaining.
Bethany managed another basket, but Tabor put together a 10-point run moments later to take control of the game, 55-32, with eight minutes left.
From there, the Bluejay bench cruised to the 60-45 victory.
“That game was a tale of two halves,” said coach Shawn Reed. “We came out in the second half a bit more focused and with energy. We didn’t get down on ourselves and we didn’t let that game get away from us.”
He added, “I was pleased that we hung in there.”
Janelle Rust scored 12 points and pulled down eight rebounds to lead her team.
Katlyn Mary added 11 points, including two three-point shots, while Nikki Lewis recorded 10 points and five assists.
“We just keep running people in and out, and every night it’s different people,” Reed said. “But I think that’s the sign of a good team, and I hope we can keep it up.”
Coming—The Bluejays were slated to compete at the AIB College of Business Tuesday before playing an exhibition game Saturday at Oklahoma Christian University. Tipoff is at 7 p.m. Tuesday and 2 p.m. Saturday.