The Bluejays picked up their second win of the season tonight at home against Haskell Indian Nations University, this time by a solid 64-59 margin. The victory puts them at 2-6 overall and gives them a boost heading into the break and the beginning of conference play.
Tabor got off to a sluggish start offensively, but My-Chal Duncan put up five points in four minutes starting at 18:17 to give the Bluejays a bit of a spark and help them to an early 7-4 lead at 14:30.
The game remained close with the Indians tying and then taking their first lead, 13-11, at 8:24. But Katlyn Mary tied it up again at 7:24, prompting an 18-11 scoring burst from Tabor that put them ahead, 31-24, at the break. The Bluejays heated things up from beyond the arc in the last few minutes of the half, with Brittany Shaklee putting up a three-pointer off the bench at 5:21 and Mary hitting another with 3:44 remaining. Mary had nine points in the last eight minutes of the game and an assist to Honn for two more points.
Mary came out hot from the break, sinking a three-pointer on the Bluejays’ first possession of the half to put Tabor up by 10, 34-24. The Bluejays maintained a comfortable lead for the first few minutes. They orchestrated an 18-2 scoring run with between 10 and five minutes remaining to play that included six points from beyond the arc. Tabor went up for its largest lead of the game at 19 points, 58-39.
But the magic scoring well dried up with 5:33 remaining, as the Indians scored 11 unanswered points to narrow the lead to seven, 58-51.
The Bluejays weren’t going to give up that easily, though. Even though Haskell drew within four points with just 39 seconds left on the clock, Tabor managed to regroup and hold off the Indians for a very important 64-59 victory.
Dynamic veteran Mary led Tabor in scoring on the night with 16 points, but Shaklee also hit double digits with 11 points. Duncan put up eight points, Jaci Garver had seven and Hannah Paust contributed six points.
Overall, the Bluejays continue to improve their shooting percentage, with Tabor posting a 54 percent average from field goal range for the first half and 45 percent in the second to combine for a 50 percent game average. They made four out of six attempts from beyond the arc to give them a 44 percent average on the night, and were at 72 percent from the line. Even though Haskell outscored the Bluejays, 35-33, in the second half, Tabor’s 31-24 advantage in the first half was too much to overcome.
Haskell had just one few turnover than Tabor, 16 to the Bluejays’ 17, but also registered one fewer rebound, 30-31.
Duncan took care of business on the boards tonight, snagging eight rebounds, but was helped out by six from Tynan Honn and three each from Mary and Garver.
The Bluejays are on break until they begin conference play Dec. 1 at Southwestern, not counting their exhibition game Monday at the University of South Dakota.