Bluejays get two easy wins over Saint Mary

ORIGINALLY WRITTEN TOM STOPPEL
The seventh-rated Tabor College women had no trouble Saturday night in Hillsboro, defeating Saint Mary University 76-35.



The contest was tied at 6 with 15:08 to play in the opening half but the Bluejays outscored their opponent 30-11 over the final 15 minutes and led 36-17 by halftime.



Tabor extended its lead to as many as 42 points in the second half as head coach Rusty Allen played 16 players in the lopsided 41 point victory.



Stacie Herman and Emily Vogts both scored 14 points to lead the Bluejay offense as 11 players dented the scoring column.



Tabor connected on 28 of 61 field goal attempts (45.9 percent) in the contest including seven of 15 (46.7 percent) from beyond the 3-point line.



The Spires struggled all evening, connecting on just 20.9 percent in the first half (six of 29) and finished the game making 13 of 56 (23.2 percent) from the field. That total included a dismal three of 18 (16.7 percent) from the 3-point line.



Tabor converted 13 of 16 free throw attempts (81.3 percent) while the Spires were equally ineffective from the stripe, sinking just six of 16 (37.5 percent).



Tabor controlled the glass hauling in 49 rebounds (Donya Anderson led with 10) while the Spires managed just 27 rebounds.



With their 12th straight win, the Bluejays improve to 15-3 overall and sit atop the KCAC with a perfect 8-0 record.



Saint Mary falls to 2-14 and 2-6.



The Tabor men saw the true meaning of offensive futility Saturday night as Saint Mary scored just nine first half points on the way to a 57-28 Tabor College win.



Tabor led 23-9 at halftime as the Spires attempt to control the pace of the game by using the entire shot clock proved ineffective.



Tabor came out in the second half with guns ablazing, solving the Spire zone defense by hitting 13 of its first 15 field goal attempts to erase any doubt of the final outcome on the way to its 29 point win.



Grant Brubacher led the Tabor offense with nine points as Coach Don Brubacher played all 16 players suited for the game and 12 of those put points on the scoreboard.



After hitting just 25.8 percent in the opening half (8 of 31), Tabor blistered the nets at a 66.7 percent clip (16 for 24) in the second half while the Spires managed to hit just 12 of 47 attempts (25.5 percent) in the game.



With the victory, Tabor improves its record to 9-8 overall and 6-2 in the Kansas Collegiate Athletic Conference, just one game behing front running Southwestern College.



The Spires are still searching for their first KCAC win, falling to 0-8 and 1-14 overall.



Tabor hits the road next week with games at Bethel on Thursday and at Lindsborg to face the Swedes next Saturday night.


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