The Tabor College women's basketball team jumped out to a 40-33 halftime lead, but could not ward off Kara Beal and the Southwestern Moundbuilders in the second half. Tabor trailed 7-3 out of the gate, but regained the lead at 15-13 on a layup by Brittany Roth that followed on the heels of a score by Jordan Crosson.
After an 18-18 tie, Tabor grabbed and held the advantage for the last 9:15 of the first half and the first 8:26 of the second half before giving way to Beal, who nabbed the lead with a layup-and-1. Beal gave Southwestern the lead for good, 52-49, with a 3-pointer with 7:01 to go, but the Bluejays held their ground.
Before the endgame began,Stephanie Silvas knocked down a pair of 3-pointers to pull the Bluejays within 58-56, but a layup-and-1 by Amy Laible made it 61-56 with 2:22 to go.
Laible's score forced Tabor to either foul or force turnovers, and the
Moundbuilders closed out the game with foul shots by Jordan Jarnagin
and Kara Beal.
After posting 40 points in the first half?an effort that included three 3-pointers and a 9-for-13 string at the foul line?Tabor went just 2-for-8 from the arc and earned only five foul shots in the second half. The Bluejays shooting percentage declined from 56 to 29 from the field. Tabor also committed twice as many turnovers in the second half (14) as in the first half (7).
Beal finished with 20 points to lead all scorers. Silvas led Tabor with 16, and had 6 assists without committing a turnover.