Tabor sweeps pair from Bethel College

The Tabor College women’s basketball team, ranked 10th in the latest NAIA Div. II poll, traveled to North Newton Saturday night and came away with a physical 56-51 win over the Threshers.

The game was tied 7 times in the first half before Tabor took a 27-24 lead into the halftime locker room.

The second half was just as challenging resulting in three more ties and a six point lead being the largest Tabor could muster.

Bethel (4-10, 5-19) didn’t roll over though, and actually took a 51-50 lead with just under three minutes to play before the Bluejay’s Erica Hemmert converted clutch free throws down the stretch to secure Tabor’s 56-51 victory.

Donya Anderson led Tabor with 16 points and nine rebounds while Hemmert added 10 points and nine rebounds as the Bluejays won for the 15th straight time to improve to 13-1 in KCAC play and 20-4 overall.

The Tabor men trailed Bethel (6-8, 9-14) by six early in the first half before recovering and taking a 32-28 lead at halftime.

Tabor would see its lead swell to as many as 12 points in the second half before withstanding a late 3-point barrage by the Threshers to earn the 72-67 win.

Grant Brubacher led the way for Tabor with a game-high 23 points while playing all 40 minutes.

Andy Brubacher and Scott Shaffer both added 10 points as Tabor came away with its 6th straight win to improve to 10-4 in KCAC play and 16-8 overall.

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