Bluejay women win at Sterling

Tena Loewen draws a non-shooting foul during the third quarter against Sterling. Loewen scored nine points in Tabor?s 69-55 win. The 21st-ranked Tabor College women?s basketball team remained undefeated in KCAC play after earning a road win at Sterling Tuesday.

Aside from one tie, the Bluejays led from start to finish in Tabor?s 69-55 victory.

Tabor set the tone from the start with six unanswered points. Sam Short capped a 5-0 run with a two-pointer to put Tabor in front, 16-10. Just as quickly, though, Sterling tied the game at 16.

Nicole Decker scored in the paint to give Tabor a narrow, 18-16 lead at the end of the first quarter.

The Bluejays increased their lead in the second period. Taylor Hurd scored nine of Tabor?s 19 points in the quarter, including a pair of three-pointers, to propel the Bluejays to a 37-29 halftime advantage.

The teams more or less traded scores through the third quarter, with a three-pointer by Amber Bonham pushing Tabor?s lead back into double figures by the final break, 53-42.

Bonham hit her second three-pointer 30 seconds into the fourth quarter. Sterling outscored Tabor 9-3 after that to trim the margin to 59-51 with 4:53 to play, but Morgan Ediger, Tena Loewen and Kaleigh Troxell made three two-pointers in succession to give Tabor a double-digit lead for good.

The Bluejays enjoyed their largest lead, 68-53, after Mallory Zuercher drained a three with 2:15 to play, and Tabor cruised to the finish.

?I wasn?t very happy at halftime because I thought we weren?t buckling down like we needed to, but in the second half I thought we were a little bit tougher,? Reed said. ?Those final three quarters, we held them to 13 points in each quarter. That?s not bad.?

Tabor shot around 47 percent from the field in the game (27-57). Four Bluejays scored nine points apiece to lead the team: Jurnee Reid, Hurd, Zuercher and Loewen.

Coming?Tabor (7-0, 8-6) will resume play by hosting MidAmerica Nazarene in the Holiday Classic Jan. 1 at 6 p.m.

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