Tabor notches win and suffers loss on trip to Ottawa

The fifth-rated Tabor College women picked up win number 21 Saturday night over a scrappy Ottawa team at Wilson Field House in Ottawa, 60-48.

Although Tabor committed 15 first half turnovers, the Bluejays still carried a slim 26-23 lead into halftime.

But Tabor came out with guns blazing in the final 20 mintues and quickly built a 41-27 lead which they preserved down the stretch at the free throw line for the 12 point win.

Tabor was paced by Stacie Herman with 16 points but Herman had plenty of help as Erica Hemmert added nine points and Jill Hein, Nicole Ellis and Donya Anderson all chipped in eight points while Anderson contributed 15 rebounds as well.

Tabor hit just 38 percent from the field in the first half but responded to connect on 53 percent in the final 20 minutes to finish the game at 44 percent (21 of 48).

The Bluejays were efficient from the 3-point line, draining five of 11 attempts (46 percent) while converting 13 of 18 free throws (72 percent).

Tabor committed 28 turnovers while forcing just 19 for the Braves.

With their 18th straight win, Tabor improves to 21-3 overall and remains perfect in the KCAC at 14-0.

Ottawa falls to 16-8 and 10-4.

The Tabor men weren’t as lucky, losing their game with the Braves 72-58 in a game that was much closer than the final score indicates.

Tabor trailed 31-30 at halftime before the Braves built a 48-38 lead with just over nine minutes to play.

The Bluejays hung tough and closed the gap to four points, 61-57, on a Jason Dechant 3-point hoop with 1:50 to play.

But Ottawa converted nine of 10 free throws down the stretch while Tabor couldn’t muster any more offense as Ottawa won by a deceiving 14 points.

Grant Brubacher led the Bluejays with 20 points, Jason Dechant added 13 and Brad Gattis contributed 11 as Tabor hit 22 of 64 field goal attempts (34 percent) and only four of 18 (29 percent) from the 3-point line.

The Bluejay attempted just nine free throws in the game, hitting five (56 percent).

Ottawa was led by All-KCAC forward Bret Lickteig who recorded a double-double with a game high 23 points and 15 rebounds.

Ottawa hit 42 percent from the field (23 of 55) including six of 18 (33 percent) from the 3-point line, and also converted 20 of 27 (74 percent) from the charity stripe.

Ottawa also out rebounded the Bluejays 47-34.

With the loss, Tabor falls to 11-12 overall and 8-6 in the KCAC while Ottawa improves to 10-14 and 9-5.

Tabor returns home Thursday night to host the Friends Falcons with the women slated to tip off at 6:00.

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