The Bluejays split their games at Southwestern Thursday. The women fell to the Moundbuilders, 83-52, and dropped to 13-2 in the KCAC, 17-8 overall. The men won by three, 67-64, after playing from behind the majority of the first half and improved to 11-4, 12-12.
WOMEN – Southwestern led from start to finish in a game characterized by chilly shooting by the Bluejays. It was an ugly start for Tabor, who struggled offensively and recorded 26 percent shooting from the field on the night (18-70), 14 percent from behind the arc (3-22). The Moundbuilders burst to an 11-0 lead before Tabor got on the board with a Hannah Paust basket at 17:16. The Bluejays later enjoyed an 8-0 surge when Katlyn Mary and Nikki Lewis hit back-to-back three-pointers followed by a Loren Oliver basket to narrow the Moundbuilders’ lead to 15-10 with 14:20 left in the half. Tabor again drew within five less than two minutes later on a Lewis basket, but Southwestern surged off Tabor misses to build an 18-point, 36-18, lead at the 6:23 mark. Tabor narrowed the gap with a 7-0 run, and Lewis scored Tabor’s final four points of the half, but Southwestern claimed a 41-31 advantage at intermission.
Nothing seemed to fall for the Bluejays in the second half, who shot just 18 percent from the field (6-34). Out of 12 attempts from behind the arc in the half, not one fell. Southwestern outscored Tabor 42-21 in the half and held a 31-point advantage when time expired.
Lewis led the Bluejays with a game-high 16 points. Mary added 14 for Tabor, while Oliver had 13. Hannah Paust grabbed 10 rebounds to aid the Tabor attack.
MEN – Tabor once again found a way to win down the stretch, but it took time for the Bluejays to get rolling. Tabor’s only lead of the first half was at 2-0 when Marc Hopkinson scored off a Cameron Rust steal at the 18:16 mark. But the Moundbuilders surged to a 10-2 lead after a dunk at 12:28. The teams traded points until a Brent Jackson three-point basket at 5:52 ignited a 7-0 Tabor surge that tied the game at 23 after a Ryan Chippeaux basket. The Moundbuilders answered with a three-point basket, but Robbie Samuel narrowed the Southwestern lead to 26-25 off a steal. Samuel drained a basket at the buzzer, but the Moundbuilders held a 31-27 lead at the break.
Southwestern maintained a narrow lead until Hopkinson evened the score at 39 with a basket off a steal at 15:18 and followed with two game-changing baskets behind the arc in less than a minute to shift the game in Tabor’s favor, 45-40. Southwestern rallied to take a narrow 48-46 lead, but Hopkinson answered with another three-pointer at 11:06. Southwestern took its last lead, 54-53, with 5:50 left to play. Four points from Chippeaux at the charity stripe put Tabor in front 57-54, but a Moundbuilder three-point basket tied the game at 57. Another three-point basket by Southwestern tied the game at 62 with 1:53 left to play, and the score was evened at 64 one minute later. A foul sent Chippeaux to the line with 33 seconds remaining, where he made one of two shots for a 65-64 Tabor lead. The Southwestern shot did not fall, and the Moundbuilders sent Jackson to the line with a foul with eight seconds remaining. Jackson made both charity baskets to widen the Tabor advantage to three, 67-64. Southwestern had opportunity to tie the game, but a three-pointer at the buzzer bounced in and back out, sealing the Tabor victory.
Chippeaux led the Tabor attack with a double-double, recording 19 points and 12 rebounds. Hopkinson added 15 points for Tabor.