The Tabor College women?s basketball team claimed a 64-59 home win over Haskell Indian Nations University Nov. 22 to boost its season record to 2-6.
?That was the first game where we built up a pretty big lead,? coach Shawn Reed said.
?I think it was really important to go into (Thanksgiving) break and have a good taste in our mouth. I think we?ve made a lot of improvement.?
Tabor started slowly, but My-Chai Duncan scored five points in four minutes to help the Bluejays to an early 7-4 lead by the 14:30 mark.
The game remained close, with the Indians taking their first lead, 13-11, at 8:24. But a basket by Katlyn Mary tied the game and sparked an 18-11 scoring burst that put Tabor ahead, 31-24, at the break.
The Bluejays heated up from beyond the arc in the final minutes of the half. Brittany Shaklee came off the bench to nail a three-pointer, and Mary hit another with 3:44 remaining.
Mary had nine points in the last eight minutes of the half and dished an assist to Honn for two more.
Mary then came out hot from the break, sinking a three-pointer on the Bluejays? first possession of the half to put Tabor ahead, 34-24. The Bluejays maintained a comfortable lead for the first few minutes.
With an 18-2 scoring run?including two three-pointers?with between 10 and five minutes to play gave tabor its biggest lead of the game, 58-39.
But the scoring well dried up with 5:33 remaining, as the Indians scored 11 unanswered points to narrow the lead to 58-51.
Even though Haskell drew within four points with just 39 seconds left on the clock, Tabor held off the Indians for the five-point victory.
?We got a little passive when we had that lead,?and rather than attack things, we got back on our heels, had some turn?overs and made some questionable passes,? coach Shawn Reed said.
?When that happens, that?s how leads disappear. But we regrouped and were fine.?
Mary led Tabor with 16 points, but Shaklee also hit double digits with 11. Duncan scored eight points, Jaci Garver seven and Hannah Paust six.
?I thought we got some good play from our different post players tonight,? Reed said. ?I was pleased and thought it was a good team effort.?
The Bluejays continue to improve their shooting percentage, hitting 54 percent average from field in the first half and 45 percent in the second half to combine for 50 percent for the night.
They made four out of six attempts from beyond the arc and made 72 percent of their free throws.
Even though Haskell outscored the Bluejays, 35-33, in the second half, Tabor?s 31-24 advantage in the first half proved to be the difference.
?I was pleased with our effort in both halves, because we?ve had a habit of playing just one half and not a whole game,? Reed said. ?I think especially defensively, we played a full game.?
Haskell committed one fewer turnover than Tabor (16-17), but also registered one fewer rebound (30-31).
Duncan grabbed eight rebounds for Tabor. Tynan Honn added six and Mary and Garver had three each.
?I?m proud of them,? Reed said of his players. ?We?re 2-6 now and have lost two overtime games. We could easily have been 4-4. I feel like we?re making progress.?
Coming?The Bluejays will begin conference play Thursday at Southwestern, with tip-off at 6 p.m.
?Definitely one of the top three teams in the conference,? coach Shawn Reed said about the Moundbuilders. ?It will be a tough one on the road to start, so we?ll have to come out on our toes.?
The Bluejays were scheduled to begin the week with an exhibition game Nov. 28 at the University of South Dakota.
Tabor will finish the week with a home game Saturday against KCAC opponent McPherson College, with tip-off at 5 p.m.