The Tabor basketball teams swept University of Saint Mary Saturday night. The women opened with an 85-44 rout, and the men followed with a 63-51 victory.
WOMEN?The Tabor women led from start to finish in their 85-44 blowout victory over University of Saint Mary.
Janelle Rust set the tone for the game with a three-pointer just 26 seconds in, and Tabor led, 8-1, after a three by Tonisha Dean. Tabor later used an 8-0 run to surge to a double-digit, 18-6, advantage after Dean made a second-chance basket and completed a traditional three-point play.
Mallory Zuercher scored Tabor?s next eight points, including two three-pointers, for a 26-12 Tabor margin.
The Bluejays maintained a comfortable cushion the duration of the half. Tabor pushed the margin to 21, 40-19, after a Rust three-pointer at 7:53, and led by 25 at intermission, 49-24. The Bluejays shot 51.5 percent from the field in the first half (17-33), including 47.1 percent from behind the arc (8-17).
Tabor used a 10-0 run to surge to a 64-28 lead with Katelin Horstick made a basket with 14:12 left in the game. The Bluejays twice led by as many as 43 points, the second time at 83-40 after Hannah Paust cashed in a three-point play with 3:06 to go. The Bluejays led by 41 when time expired.
Dean led with a game-high 22 points. Zuercher added 15 and Rust 11.
MEN?After trailing early, Tabor took control to defeat the Spires, 63-51.
The Bluejays trailed by five before Lance Carter got Tabor on the board with a second-chance basket at the 16:14 mark. Tabor surged 7-0 after that for a 9-5 lead after an Andrew Thomas basket at 14:17. The Bluejays never relinquished the lead after that and outscored the Spires 8-2 over the next 5:50 to enjoy a double-digit, 17-7, advantage.
The Spires drew within 19-14 with 4:44 left in the half, but Tabor regained a double-digit lead by the end of the half for a 28-16 margin at the break.
The Spires came out of the break and narrowed Tabor?s lead to three, 30-27, after a three-pointer at 16:27. But D?Marco Smith and Dewayne Biggs answered with back-to-back threes. Two Biggs free throws pushed Tabor?s lead back to double digits, 38-27. The Spires twice drew within five, the final time at 40-35, but Tabor answered with a 7-0 run.
After a Thomas dunk at 6:37, Tabor led 51-40. The Bluejays led by as many as 14, 59-45, with less than a minute to go, and cruised to the 12-point win.
Biggs led the Bluejays with 18 points.
COMING?Tabor will play at Friends Wednesday. The women play at 6 p.m. followed by the men at 8 p.m.