Late foul trouble and a breakdown on defense let Hastings College back in the game and ultimately resulted in a 62-54 defeat for the Tabor women Monday night.
The loss dropped the team to 8-6 overall.
“I thought we played well defensively, except we gambled a couple of times and it hurt us,” coach Shawn Reed said. “Offensively, we really struggled with their pressure and I thought we got tired at the end of the game.
“They did a really good job of defending our on-ball screens and we had a difficult time consistently taking what the defense was giving us.”
The Bluejays held a slim advantage as the second half began, but Hastings eventually tied the game, 44-44, with back-to-back three-pointers at 10:01.
Two free throws capped a 14-point run for Hastings, giving them a 52-44 lead at 4:49, before Nikki Lewis finally hit a three-pointer bucket to break the drought.
With Tabor called frequently for fouls, Hastings scored six straight points at the free-throw line to build a 57-47 lead.
Lewis and Tynan Honn combined for four free throws around the two and one-minute marks, but Jazmyne Smith missed a layup off the steal and Tabor’s opportunity for a comeback began to slip away.
Hastings’ defense held Tabor to one free throw in the last minute until Katlyn Mary hit a jumper at the buzzer for the final margin.
Janelle Rust scored 14 points and Lewis 13 points to lead the Bluejay attack.
“I am very proud of the strides we have made as a program this semester,” Reed said. “We have been in every game we have played except for one, and I think we have gotten better each and every week.”