The Tabor women’s basketball team split the difference in this week’s road non-conference match-ups, downing the AIB College of Business Tuesday, but falling to Oklahoma Christian University Saturday by three points after leading most of the game.
“We played well at AIB College of Business,” said coach Shawn Reed. “We shot 82 percent in the second half as a team, which is very good.
“I am not sure if I have ever coached a team that has accomplished that feat.”
Oklahoma Christian—Tabor shot a sizzling 70 percent from three-point range in the first half of Saturday’s contest, taking an early lead.
A seven-point Eagles run as the clock wound down narrowed the Bluejay lead to 41-36 at the half.
Tabor continued its double-digit advantage in the second half, but the scoring well dried out as the half drew to a close, letting OC back in the game.
The Eagles tied it up, 64-64, at 3:25 , but Bluejay Janelle Rust hit a foul shot for the three-point play to put Tabor back on top.
But it wouldn’t last, as the Bluejays committed turnovers on three of their six final possessions and OC pressed its advantage for a 6-0 run and the three-point victory, 70-67.
Nikki Lewis had a big night for Tabor, scoring 18 points and recording six assists. Rust went 4-6 from three-point range for 12 points.
AIB College of Business—Tabor picked up another road win Tuesday, 69-54, on a second-half surge that carried it past the Eagles.
Nikki Lewis started things rolling with a three-pointer two minutes in and built an early lead, though AIB drew within on point 34 seconds before the half.
Tabor carried a 28-22 lead into the break, then Katlyn Mary scored a three off a Jazmyne Smith steal and assist to set the tone for the second period.
The Bluejays heated up and continued to draw away in the second half for the final 15-point margin of victory.
Janelle Rust registered a double-double with 19 points and 11 rebounds to lead her team on both offense and defense.
Hannah Paust also made double digits scoring with 15 points, and Jazmyne Smith and Lewis chipped in eight points a piece.
Coming—The Bluejays were scheduled to return to their home court Monday to take on Hastings College in a non-conference contest. Tip-off is at 7 p.m.
Tabor resumes conference play with match-ups versus Ottawa University Jan. 3 at 6 p.m. and Southwestern College Jan. 5 at 5 p.m.