Tabor drops pair to Southwestern

The Tabor College women came out of the gates strong Thursday night and built a 16-7 lead over Southwestern College, ranked 10th in the nation.

But the Moundbuilders battled back and grabbed a 33-31 lead at intermission.

The Bluejays, however, regained their stride and eventually built an 11 point lead, 59-48, with 9:16 remaining in the game.

But Southwestern showed poise and whittled away at the Bluejay lead, and finally took the lead with just 32 seconds remaining.

Erica Hemmert hit a basket to put Tabor back on top 66-65 with 13 seconds remaining, but Southwestern hit the winning basket with just two seconds left in the game.

Erica Hemmert led Tabor with 16 points while Angela Kroeker added 12 and Jill Hein scored 11.

With the loss, the Bluejays fall to 8-9 overall and 2-5 in conference play.

The Tabor men fell behind by 16 points in the first half, but cut the lead to just eight at intermission.

Tabor tied the game at 49-49 with just over 11 minutes to play, but Southwestern had an answer and held on for a 71-66 win.

Anthony Monson led the Bluejays with 18 points while Tyson Ratzlaff had 12 and Brad Gattis added 10.

With the loss, Tabor falls to 5-12 overall and 5-2 in the KCAC.

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