Bluejays split week?s KCAC games

Tonisha Dean shoots for two in the first half against University of Saint Mary Saturday. Dean scored a game-high 22 points in Tabor?s 85-44 victory over the Spires.The Tabor College women split their two conference games last week for a 6-2 record in KCAC play and 11-7 overall.

Saint Mary?Tabor led from start to finish in its 85-44 blowout victory Satur?day night.

?I thought we got off to a better start,? coach Shawn Reed said. ?We were more consistent. We played more man tonight and mixed in the zone a little bit. We?re trying to get back to playing a little bit of both, and I thought our team did well.?

Janelle Rust set the tone for the game with a three-pointer just 26 seconds in, and Tabor led 8-1 after a three by Tonisha Dean.

An 8-0 surge pushed the lead to 18-6 after Dean completed a traditional three-point play off a putback.

Mallory Zuercher scored Tabor?s next eight points, including two three-pointers, for a 26-12 margin.

Tabor pushed the margin to 40-19 after a Rust three-pointer at 7:53 and led by 25 at intermission, 49-24.

The Bluejays shot 51 percent from the field in the first half (17-33), including 47 percent from behind the arc (8-17).

Tabor started the second half with a 10-0 run. The Bluejays twice led by as many as 43 points, the second time at 83-40 after Hannah Paust cashed in a three-point play with 3:06 to go.

Tabor shot 46 percent from the field (30-66), including 40 percent from beyond the arc (14-35).

?I was proud that we came out after a disappointing effort on Thursday and played really well tonight,? Reed said. ?Tonisha Dean played one of her best games. No one can stop her when she plays the way she?s capable.?

Dean led all scorers with 22 points. Zuercher added 15 and Rust 11.

Southwestern?Tabor lost to 11th-ranked South?western Thursday, 81-72.

?They?re a very balanced and very good team and very deserving of that ranking, but we also felt like we could play with them,? coach Shawn Reed said. ?The problem is, we got off to a really bad start.?

Southwestern jumped to an early 7-0 lead and pushed it to 19-5 by the 14:11 mark.

?I called a 30-second timeout pretty early to try and calm us down a little bit and was just very calm,? Reed said. ?Then we kind of kept going and the ball just wasn?t falling in.?

With the Moundbuilders leading, 23-11, Tabor surged with an 8-0 run capped by a basket by Nikki Lewis with 4:47 left in the half that narrowed the gap to 23-19. But Southwestern rallied to lead 33-24 at the break.

Janelle Rust opened the second-half with a basket, but Southwestern extended the lead to 39-28 with 17:35 left in the game.

Rust answered with a three-pointer, but a South?western basket 30 seconds later extended the lead back to 10.

Four times the Bluejays drew within five points of the Moundbuilders, the final time being at the 9:14 mark when Lewis made a three-pointer for a 57-52 score.

Tabor trailed 76-70 when Tena Loewen made a basket with 1:08 to go. The game ended with Tabor trailing by nine.

?We shot 60 percent from the field in the second half, we made eight of 12 three pointers and we scored 48 points,??Reed said. ?But the problem is, (Southwestern) scored 48 points.

?The two things we talked about after the game were, against a team like them, you have to have a better start. And we can?t give up 81 points and expect to win.?

Rust led Tabor with 21 points. Lewis added 13, Mallory Zuercher 12 and Tonisha Dean 10. Loewen grabbed 11 rebounds.

Coming?Tabor will travel to 22nd-ranked Friends (7-1, 16-4) Wednesday at 6 p.m. and will play at Kansas Wesleyan (4-4, 9-10) Saturday at 5 p.m.

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