The Tabor women picked up a come-from-behind win over non-conference opponent Park University Wednesday in the Bluejay’s home opener, before dropping two at the Midland Lutheran Classic this weekend to Jamestown College and the host team.
“We need to not be satisfied with that,” said coach Shawn Reed after Wednesday’s win.
“We need to be taking strides forward. There are no moral victories, we want real victories, and we earned one against a good team.”
Tabor now has a 1-4 record in non-conference play.
Midland Classic—Tabor absorbed back-to-back losses to strong non-conference teams at the Midland Lutheran Classic this weekend, falling by three to the host team and then to nationally-ranked Jamestown College.
Tabor led for most of the first hal and had a 39-36 margin at the break in Friday’s match-up with Midland University.
The Warriors took the lead at 12:30, 52-51, but the Bluejays responded with an 18-9 run for an eight-point lead at 7:17. In the final two minutes Midland University nailed a jump shot and three of four free throws to come away with the win, 83-80.
Janelle Rust scored 23 points for Tabor and added eight rebounds. Senior Katlyn Mary added 12 points and Loren Oliver contributed nine.
The Bluejays shot 48 percent from the field and 40 percent in three-point shooting.
Saturday No. 11 Jamestown College ran away with Tabor, defeating the Jays’ 78-47.
Rust again led the Bluejay attack with 14 points, while Oliver added 10 points. Rust had six rebounds, but Tabor lost the battle on the glass, 39-33.
The Jimmies outscored Tabor by 17 points in the first half, while the Bluejays shot 32 percent from the field and 23 percent from behind the arc. Tabor committed 22 turnovers.
Park—Tabor stuttered out of the gate in Wednesday’s non-conference home opener and trailed most of the game, but the Bluejays hit the gas when it counted as a late rally propelled them past opponent Park University, 70-58.
“We knew they were really athletic, and the first half we played okay, but we kind of got in a hurry,” said coach Shawn Reed. “We kept fighting, and at half-time we talked about that we have to run our stuff. And in the second half we did.”
The Bluejays struggled in the first half, trailing by as many as 20 points, 30-10, although they narrowed it to 35-25 at the break.
Tabor continued to chip away at the Pirates’ lead as the Bluejays began the second half, before a basket in the paint from forward Hannah Paust finally tied it, 44-44, with just over eight minutes left to play.
Senior guard Katlyn Mary stepped in less than a minute later to give Tabor a two-point lead.
Park would tie it again moments later, before another basket from Paust off an assist from point guard Nikki Lewis gave Tabor a lead they would not give up the rest of the game.
“We’ve had a little adversity already,” Reed said, referring to Mary sitting out with a concussion most of the season’s first two games. “That first half was adversity, but they came out and answered that.”
After scoring five unanswered points to make it 53-46, with 5:53 remaining, Tabor broke out a seven-point run that gave them a double-digit lead, 60-48. The Bluejays continued to push their advantage, proving solid at the line, for the final 12-point margin.
Paust put up a very strong performance for Tabor, recording 16 points and pulling down five rebounds.
“Hannah had a very good game,” Reed said. “She rebounded really well.
“She was more aggressive offensively, but we’re trying to get her to be more aggressive within what we do. I thought she really was aggressive within her skill set tonight.”
Other Bluejays making doubles in points included forward Janelle Rust with 15, Lewis with 12 and Mary with 10 points. Rust led the defensive effort with six rebounds.
The Bluejays outscored the Pirates on the line, 33-18, and made 40 points off turnovers compared to Park’s 20 points. They also had 33 points off the bench to Park’s 13.
“We have more weapons this year, and people are trying to understand their roles,” Reed said. “I’m proud of them for working through that. We’re not completely there yet, but we’re getting there.”
Coming—The Tabor women are scheduled to travel to Maryville, Mo., Tuesday for an exhibition game at Northwest Missouri State University, with tip-off slated for 6 p.m.
This weekend they travel to the Sterling Classic, where they will play the University of Science and Arts of Oklahoma and Taylor University Friday and Saturday. Tip-off is at 2 p.m. for both games.