The Tabor College basketball teams suffered season-opening defeats to William Woods Monday night.
Women—Tabor lost, 69-64.
The Bluejays shot better from the field (23-for-58, 40 percent) and from the free-throw line (10-for-13, 77 percent) than their opponent, but the difference came at the free-throw line. Tabor committed 24 fouls, and the Owls made 16 of 26 charity attempts at the line (62 percent).
William Woods took the lead after one quarter, 17-13, but Tabor used a 23-13 second quarter to take the lead by halftime, 36-30. However, the Owls outscored the Bluejays, 19-9 in the third period to take a 49-45 advantage into the final period.
Tabor went on a 14-0 run to start the final quarter to lead by 10 with 5:22 to play, but then scored just five more points the duration of the game. The Owls, meanwhile, scored 20, to come back and win.
Morgan Ediger led all scorers with 21 points.
Men—Tabor gave up a first-half lead in its season-opener and lost, 81-68.
The Bluejays built a 33-22 advantage by halftime, limiting William Woods to just 28 percent shooting from the field (8-for-29).
But the Bluejay defense gave up 59 second-half points to the Owls, who made half of their shots from the field (20-for-40) in the half.
Tabor held a 40-38 lead early in the second half, but the Owls went on a 14-2 run after that to secure a double-digit lead. The closest Tabor got after that was within three.
Tabor shot around 38 percent from the field in the game (28-for-74), and made just four of 11 free throws attempted (36 percent).
Julian Winton was Tabor’s high scorer with 20 points. Cody May scored 15, and Tullio Parry 14.
Coming—Tabor will host Science and Arts Wednesday. The women’s game is set for 6 p.m., while the men will play at 8 p.m.