Tabor splits with Sterling

The Tabor College women, ranked No. 20 in this weeks NAIA poll, traveled to Sterling Saturday night and defeated defending conference champion and No. 13 Sterling 67-58.

After trailing by as many as six early in the contest, Tabor battled back and took a 17-15 lead on an Erica Hemmert field goal with 9:15 to play in the first half.

The Bluejays extended the lead to seven points at 31-24 by halftime and never let the Warriors get closer than six points the remainder of the game as Tabor defeated Sterling for the first time in nearly a decade.

Stacie Herman and Donya Anderson both scored 16 points to lead the Bluejays while Katie Fast added 11 points.

Tabor hit 60.9 percent in the opening half and finished the game hitting 26-of-50 for the game (52 percent).

With the win, Tabor maintains at least a share of the KCAC lead with a 7-1 conference record and improves to 14-4 overall.

The Tabor men weren’t as fortunate, losing 69-59 to Sterling.

Tabor committed 14 first half turnovers that led to 17 first half points for Sterling as the Warriors held a 30-26 halftime lead.

The second half wasn’t any better as Tabor finished the night with 21 turnovers leading to 25 Warrior points while the Bluejays hit on just 19-of-52 field goal attempts (36.5 percent).

Brad Gattis led the Bluejays in scoring with 16 points and Anthony Monson added 14 as the Bluejays fell to 4-4 in KCAC play and 10-8 overall.

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