Written by John Giffin Tuesday, 30 November 2010 17:13
The Tabor College women’s basketball team has a new look for this season. With many new faces on the perimeter and a lot of experience in the post, the Bluejays started the season with an upset win over No. 11 ranked Concordia.
All-KCAC returner, sophomore Tynan Honn (5-feet, 11 inches), scored the first two baskets for Tabor, but spent most of her time on the bench, falling into early foul trouble.
Coffeyville Community College transfer guard Lacie Ward (5-8) hit three of five first-half threes, heading into the locker room with 13 points, nine rebounds and four assists.
“I think some other people may have been surprised by her play,” coach Shawn Winter said. “Everyone in the locker room knows what she’s capable of doing.”
MacKenzie Dick (5-6) continued her contribution from last season, scoring 11 first-half points on 4-of-5 shooting.
Freshman point guard Jocelyn Cook (5-5) took care of the basketball and was a spark defensively, committing no turnovers and swiping away four steals.
The other freshman point guard, Amy Jo Mophet (5-5), was also a spark offensively, scoring seven first-half points.
“I don’t think anyone knows too much about them,” Winter said of the two guards. “I’ve been so impressed with those two, just their level of maturity. It’s more like having two juniors or seniors out there than freshmen.”
Since the opening-game upset, Tabor has endured some growing pains in its non-conference schedule, losing six straight on the road.
But Tabor has protected its home court in the past two games, defeating Missouri Valley College, 72-62, and Doane College, 67-57.
Tabor is undefeated at home and 3-5 overall. Tabor opens Kansas Collegiate Athletic Conference play Thursday hosting St. Mary.
Tabor was picked to finish seventh in both the coaches and media polls. The 2009-10 KCAC champion Sterling was picked first by both groups.
Following Sterling in the coaches poll were Kansas Wesleyan, Southwestern, Bethel, Ottawa, Friends, Tabor, Saint Mary, Bethany and McPherson.
Picked to follow Sterling in the media poll were Kansas Wesleyan, Southwestern, Bethel, Ottawa, Friends, Tabor College, Saint Mary, Bethany College and McPherson College.