Bluejays battling to stay relevant in KCAC- Women’s Results

Tabor Bluejay forward Taylor Mires scores two points in the second quarter of Tabor’s 73-56 defeat at Lindsborg on Saturday. The Bluejay women, picked to be a contender for a KCAC title, have struggled through five consecutive defeats as the season heads for the finish line.
Tabor Bluejay forward Taylor Mires scores two points in the second quarter of Tabor’s 73-56 defeat at Lindsborg on Saturday. The Bluejay women, picked to be a contender for a KCAC title, have struggled through five consecutive defeats as the season heads for the finish line.
On the heels of 70-58 loss a loss Wednesday at the hands of the Univer­sity of Saint Mary, the weary Tabor College women’s team suffered a 73-56 loss Saturday at Bethany College to extend their losing streak to five games.

The losses leave the Bluejays with a 10-6 record in the KCAC, tied with Kansas Wesleyan for sixth place, and a 13-11 record for the season.

The Swedes’ victory improved their KCAC standing to a two-way tie for third place with a 9-7 record. For the season, Bethany is 13-10.

Bethany’s defense was aggressive from the start, and helped the home team jump to an early 12-2 lead. The led was 17-7 as the first quarter ended.

The home team outscored Tabor 19-16 in the second quarter, giving Bethany a 36-23 halftime advantage by holding Tabor to 26 percent shooting in the first half.

Bethany focused on attacking Tabor from the inside with high-percentage shots, and outscored the Bluejays in the paint, 46-26.

Once the Swedes had established the 20-point lead, their advantage grew to as much as 23, 54-31, in the third quarter. Tabor did win the final quarter by the smallest of margins at 20-19.

Taylor Deniston led the Bluejays with 15 points, and was the only Bluejay to break single digits.

With Bethany’s emphasis on scoring in the lane, the Swedes finished with 49 percent shooting (27-55) from the floor compared to Tabor’s 17-54 (32 percent). The Bluejays made only three of 17 3-point shots (17.6 percent) compared to 7-19 (37 percent) for Bethany.

Bethany out-rebounded Tabor, 41-31. Kristyn Wedel pulled down 10 rebounds to lead Tabor.

Saint Mary—The Bluejays never fully recovered from their 21-7 first quarter deficit at Leavenworth on Wednes­day.

Tabor did rally in the second quarter with an 18-11 surge that narrowed Saint Mary’s lead to 32-25 by intermission, and narrowed it by one point more with a 18-17 edge in the third quarter.

With the Spires leading, 50-42, the home team rallied to outscore Tabor, 21-15, in the final quarter to secure the 12-point Spire victory. Saint Mary is now tied with Bethany for third place in the KCAC at 9-7 with a 12-10 season record.

Taylor Deniston led Tabor’s attack with 14 points. The junior took only nine shots from the field and made four, including two of three 3-point shots. She also made all four free thows she was awarded.

Tristen Leiszler added 10 points and Sammy Jo Peter­son nine points.

Tabor committed 17 turnovers in the game compared to only eight by the Spires.

Coming—The Bluejays will have their work cut out for them this week as they play their third straight road game Wednesday at Sterling (11-5, 14-9) with a 6 p.m. tip-off. On Saturday, Oklahoma Wes­leyan (10-6, 16-8) comes to town for a 5 p.m. start.