Tabor stays perfect in KCAC play with sweep of Oklahoma Wesleyan

The Tabor College basketball teams improved to 15-0 in KCAC play by sweeping Oklahoma Wesleyan on the road Thursday.

Women?With its highest offensive production of the season, Tabor secured a 111-82 victory over Oklahoma Wesleyan Thursday, handing the Eagles their first home loss of the season.

The Bluejays came into the game averaging 66.8 points per contest.

In an up-tempo game against the Eagles? Grinnell System, Tabor scored early and often, shooting a blistering 61 percent from the field in the game (44-72), while limiting Oklahoma Wesleyan to 33 percent (29-87).

Tabor scored 68 points in the paint, oftentimes beating the Oklahoma Wesleyan press for open looks inside.

In an up-tempo game from the start, Tabor led by as many as five, 13-8, when Nicole Decker scored at the 6:38 mark, but from there, Oklahoma Wesleyan built a 19-16 advantage. Kaleigh Troxell responded with back-to-back baskets to put Tabor in front for good, and the Bluejays ended the first quarter on a 7-2 run to lead, 29-23.

Troxell and Morgan Ediger scored in succession to start the second quarter as part of an 8-2 run. By the time Kayla Wilgers and Amber Bonham scored, Tabor?s led by 12, 37-25. The Eagles trimmed the margin to six, 42-36, then Tena Loewen scored six of Tabor?s last eight points of the half, giving the Bluejays a 50-40 halftime lead.

The Bluejays? biggest offensive quarter was the third, as Tabor outscored the Eagles 31-18. Reid, who led all scorers with 21 points, scored 10 of them in the third quarter. Taylor Hurd made a pair of treys in the period, and eight different Bluejays scored, giving Tabor an 81-58 lead heading into the final period.

The closest the Eagles got after that was within 17, 84-67. Sam Short scored on consecutive traditional three-point plays, and after the Eagles scored, Tabor enjoyed a 10-0 run. The Bluejays hit the century mark after Taylor Deniston scored with 4:07 to play. Tabor took its largest lead, 102-71, when Hurd scored at the 2:27 mark, and the Bluejays went on to win by 29.

Joining Reid in double figures were: Loewen and Short with 13 points each, Hurd 12, and Decker 10.

Men?Tabor pulled off another close victory to remain perfect in KCAC play, defeating Oklahoma Wesleyan, 89-86, Thursday.

Tabor built a 12-6 advantage after Malik Brooks drained a three with 14:29 left in the first half, but then, the Bluejays went 7:15 without making a field goal, adding just six free-throws during that stretch. That allowed Oklahoma Wesleyan to build a 28-18 lead.

D?Marco Smith broke the drought with a three-pointer, which was the start of a 23-7 run to conclude the half. Lance Carter contributed 11 points to the effort, including a three-pointer to close the half and give Tabor a 41-35 advantage.

Oklahoma Wesleyan trimmed the margin to two with a pair of threes in the first two minutes of the second half, but Tabor stretched its lead to 10, 53-43.

The Bluejays built their largest advantage, 70-54, when Kyle Baker hit a trey with 11:00 to play, but then the Eagles made five three-pointers over the next five minutes to trim Tabor?s lead to 75-74.

The Eagles led briefly, 78-77, and the game was tied three times after that, including at 84 with 1:43 to play. Brooks drained his fourth three-pointer to put Tabor back in front, but two Eagle free throws brought the game within 87-86 with 24 seconds to go.

A Tabor turnover gave the Eagles the ball with 17.8 seconds left, but Tullio Parry stole the ball and was fouled. He made both charity shots, and a tying three-point attempt by the Eagles missed its mark.

Carter led all scorers with 23 points and 10 rebounds. Smith added 17 points, and Brooks 16. John Jedneak grabbed 10 rebounds.

Coming?Tabor will play at McPherson Saturday. The women will play at 5 p.m. The men?s game is at 7 p.m.

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