Tabor women suffer first defeat at Southwestern, men improve to 19-0

The Tabor College basketball teams? twin win streaks was broken with a split Thursday at Southwestern. The Bluejay women sustained their first KCAC loss of the season, but the Tabor men improved to 19-0 with a win.

Women?Tabor suffered its first conference defeat at the hands of Southwestern Thursday, 59-58, and moved to 18-1 in KCAC play, 22-7 overall.

The Bluejays held a comfortable, 39-27 lead at halftime, but the wheels came off after intermission, as Tabor made only around 18 percent of its second-half attempts (5-28).

The teams traded scores at the start, and the game was tied five times in the first quarter. Southwestern came out shooting the ball well, making eight of its 13 attempts from the field in the first period.

Sam Short and Amber Bonham scored in succession to give Tabor it?s only lead of the period, 10-8, but a 6-0 run put the Builders back in front. Taylor Deniston drained a three-pointer to bring the Bluejays within one, 16-15, at the first break.

The Bluejays found their stride at the start of the second quarter, erupting with a 17-0 run. Seven Bluejays contributed points during that stretch, led by Jurnee Reid with four. By the time Deniston scored off her steal, Tabor led, 32-16, with 5:18 left in the half.

The Builders gained some ground after that, and Tabor held a 39-27 advantage at intermission.

Things took a turn for the worse in the third quarter as Tabor struggled on both ends of the floor. Southwestern went on a 14-3 run to start the period. Tabor went 3:27 without scoring, allowing the Builders to close the gap to 42-41 at the 4:21 mark. Morgan Ediger and Mallory Zuercher contributed to a 6-0 run after that, and the period ended with Tabor in front, 48-44.

Southwestern took the lead, 50-48, with a 6-0 run, then Tabor reclaimed it with a 5-0 run, 53-50. Tena Loewen?s basket with 5:57 to go proved to be Tabor?s last?and only second?field goal in the period.

After free throws by Reid and Amber Bonham, Tabor clung to a 56-54 lead at the 2:42 mark, but Southwestern jumped back in front, 57-56.

Bonham made two free-throws with 14 seconds left to give Tabor a 58-57 lead. The Builders turned it over after that, but two Bluejay free-throws missed their mark, and Southwestern made the game-winner with less than one second left on the clock. Bonham missed a three-point attempt at the buzzer.

Loewen had a double-double performance with 10 points and 10 rebounds. Zuercher scored 10 points.

Men?In a battle of ranked teams, the seventh-ranked Bluejays defeated the No. 18 Moundbuilders in Winfield Thursday, 77-66. Tabor improved to 19-0 in KCAC play, 26-3 overall.

Tabor came out on fire offensively, shooting a blistering 61 percent from the field in the first half (19-31), while limiting Southwestern to 36 percent (10-28).

D?Marco Smith scored seven of Tabor?s first nine points, including consecutive two- and three-point baskets to aid a 7-0 Bluejay run for an 11-5 lead.

Tabor maintained the lead, and built it to 10, 30-20, when Davaghndre Jones made a pair of free-throws at the 6:26 mark.

Lance Carter chipped in eight of his 10 first-half points in the final 4:51, contributing to a 42-28 Bluejay lead at intermission.

Tabor enjoyed a 16-point lead, 56-40, when John Jedneak scored at the 13:17 mark, but Southwestern made a run, drawing within 62-56 with 6:27 to play.

From there, Carter scored the next five points, then Malik Brooks drained a three-pointer and Jonathan Gibson made a two-pointer. Suddenly, Tabor?s lead was back to 16, 72-56.

The closest Southwestern got after that was within 10, 75-65, and Tabor went on to claim the 11-point win.

Carter led all scorers with 24 points on 10-for-18 shooting from the field. He had nine rebounds. Smith scored 14 points and Brooks 13.

Coming?Tabor will conclude the regular season at Bethel Saturday. The women play at 5 p.m. The men play at 7 p.m.

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