Bluejays sweep pair from Coyotes

The seventh-rated Tabor College women had an easy time downing Kansas Wesleyan Thursday night in Hillsboro, 81-63.

Tabor led 42-28 by halftime and built a second half lead of as many as 26 points before settling for the 18 point win.

The Bluejays had five players score in double figures led by Stacie Herman with 14, Jill Hein had 13, Donya Anderson added 12 and both Kirsten Watson and Erica Hemmert contributed 11.

Ascendra Peters took game scoring honors with 21 points in the loss.

The Bluejays connected on 28 of 56 (50 percent) of their shots in the contest including five of 17 (29.4 percent) from behind the 3-point arc. Tabor also connected on 20 of 30 (66.7 percent) of its charity tosses in the win.

The Bluejay defense held the Coyotes to just 38.3 percent (23 of 60) for the game which included a six for 20 performance from behind the 3-point line. Wesleyan managed to sink just 11 of 19 (57.9 percent) of its free throws.

Tabor commited just 13 turnovers while the Coyotes had 17.

With their 11th straight victory, Tabor remains perfect in the KCAC at 7-0 while improving to 13-3 overall while Kansas Wesleyan falls to 3-4 and 10-6.

The Tabor men managed to overcome 13 first half turnovers and still led 35-32 at halftime thanks to hitting 60.9 percent (14 of 23) of its first half field goal attempts.

The second half found the Bluejays taking better care of the ball but still sizzling from the field, hitting 14 of 27 (51.9 percent) in building a lead of as many as 18 points at 60-42.

Although Wesleyan managed to close to within eight points down the stretch, the lead was never seriously threatened as Tabor improves to 5-2 in KCAC play and evens its overall mark at 8-8 while Wesleyan falls to 2-5 and 7-9.

Brad Gattis led four players in double figures with 21 points and was joined by Chris Metcalf with 15 and both Grant Brubacher and Matt Nelson added 10.

Wesleyan was led by Marcus Fabion with 17 points, 15 of those coming in the first half.

Tabor remains in Hillsboro Saturday night when it hosts Saint Mary with the women slated to tip off at 5:00 and the men to follow at 7:00 in Tabor Gymnasium.

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