Bluejays sweep pair from McPherson

ORIGINALLY WRITTEN TOM STOPPEL
The Tabor College women improved their record to 8-7 overall and 2-3 in KCAC play with a 72-57 win over the McPherson Bulldogs.



Tabor led just 30-27 at half time even though they forced 20 first half Bulldog turnovers. Free throw shooting was the main culprit for the tight score as the Bluejays connected on just eight of 22 first half attempts.



But half number two, the Tabor offense got clicking, and the free throw shooting accuracy improved to 79% as Tabor won going away, 72-57.



Rachelle Wertenberger led the offensive charge with 18 points, including four of four from 3-point land.



Erica Hemmert had 12 for Tabor, all in the second half, and Trixsi Odom chipped in 10 points.



The Tabor defense forced 31 McPherson miscues in the contest, and were credited with 20 steals led by Wertenberger and Hemmert who both had four.



The Tabor men used a stingy defense to limit the Bulldogs to just 20 first half points, as the Bluejays led into the locker room 26-20.



In the second half, Tabor got their offensive tenacity to match their defensive effort and led by as many as 16 points in the half before settling for the 68-56 victory.



Brad Gattis was huge for Tabor as he pumped in 20 points and hauled down 12 rebounds.



Matt Nelson came off the bench to score 13 points while Colby Bettles added 10.



With the win, the Bluejays record improves to 5-10 overall, but remains perfect in KCAC play at 5-0.

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