Tabor women overcome flurry of turnovers to beat McPherson

The Tabor College women’s basketball team won its conference opener with a 72-55 victory over McPherson College in Hillsboro Thursday.

The game featured a total of 78 turnovers, 37 by the Bluejays.

Tabor first-year coach Chanda Rigby was not concerned about the high turnover total, however, particularly in view of the team’s struggles to gain wins the past couple of years.

“Anything they do aggressively is good,” she said. “Our turnovers come from being aggressive.”

McPherson tallied the first basket of the game but Tabor never trailed after Susan Carter’s free throw gave Tabor a 3-2 lead two minutes into the first half. The Bulldogs earned a tie at the 4:39 mark but the Bluejays went on a 11-1 run to close out the first period with a 39-29 lead.

The Bluejays continued their streak after intermission, scoring the first 17 points of the second half to take their largest lead of the game, 56-29. Holly Ross scored nine points to key the streak.

McPherson failed to score in the second half until 14:06 remained. The Bulldogs moved to within 15 late in the half but never threatened the Tabor lead.

Eleven Bluejays scored in the game, led by Tesha Werth’s 10 points. McPherson’s Erica Alvarez led all scorers with 13.

Tabor was six-for-11 on 3-pointers. Werth and Natalie Hess were both two-for-two and Angela Kroeker and Ross were both one-for-one.

Meaghan Coe grabbed 10 rebounds for the Bluejays and Janea Rademacher grabbed seven.

Werth and Carmen Hein had four assists apiece and Werth snatched four steals.

Tabor is 1-0 in KCAC play and 4-3 overall. They hosted Bartlesville Wesleyan Tuesday for a nonconference game.

KCAC foe Friends comes to Hillsboro Thursday and the Bluejays travel to Bethany Saturday.

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