Tabor College women still looking for first victory since holiday break

The Tabor College women were unable to get off the spring semester snide as they dropped games last week against Kansas Wesleyan and Bethany.

Kansas Wesleyan?Unable to overcome a game-opening 20-6 run, the Tabor lost to the Coyotes 60-44 in Salina.

The Coyotes, NAIA ranked No. 21, opened the game with a barrage of 3-pointers and jumped to an 8-2 lead before Bluejay coach Shawn Winter called a time out with 16:47 left in the first half.

KWU kept its foot on the gas pedal, extending to a 20-6 lead with 12:09 remaining in the first half. Tabor rallied to within 10 points at 20-10 with 11:30 left in the half on an offensive rebound and bucket by Tynan Honn.

Despite Tabor forcing two shot-clock violations in the final 10 minutes of the half, Wesleyan ended the half outscoring the Jays 12-9 to go into the locker room with a 32-19 lead.

KWU extended its lead to as much as 23 in the second half but went cold from the field late in the game. Tabor took advantage of the Coyote shooting slump and narrowed the margin to 54-44 with 2:33 left.

Unable to cut the Wesleyan lead to single digits, Tabor watched the Coyotes hit free throws down the stretch. The Jays decided to stop fouling to extend the game to 58-44 with a minute remaining.

Tabor outshot the Coyotes, finishing 17-43 from the field (39.5 percent) compared to 22-62 (35.5 percent) by Kansas Wesleyan. The Jays turned the ball over 18 times and were outrebounded 40-31. Sixteen of Kansas Wesleyans? 40 rebounds came on the offensive end.

Honn ended the game with a double-double for Tabor, booking 10 points and 11 rebounds. Gina Hullet scored 10 points and pulled down four boards.

Kansas Wesleyan finished with three players in double figures, led by Shelby Babcock with 19 points and 10 rebounds. Stephanie Frost scored 12 and Montric Santee 11.

Bethany?Shooting 27 percent from the floor in the second half, Tabor dropped a game at home against Bethany Saturday night, 63-52.

Opening the second half on a 12-4 run, Bethany shot 12-for-18 from the floor in the second half, including 3-for-5 from 3-point range.

Tabor cut the Swedes? lead to nine at 57-48 with 4:01 left in the ball game on a layup by Gina Hullet. The 6-0 surge ended after a Bethany timeout. The Swedes outscored Tabor 6-4 in the final minutes to end the game with an 11-point win.

The late-game run was similiar to the Bluejays? effort at the end of the first half. Down 28-18 with under three minutes left, Tabor?s Andrea Robinson scored eight points in a 10-2 run.

With 2:30 left in the first half, Robinson buried a 3-pointer. Robinson got some help on the next possession when MacKenzie Dick knocked down a midrange baseline jumpshot, narrowing the Swedes? lead to 28-23.

Robinson finished the run with two free throws and a three to tie the game at 28 with about a minute left in the half.

The Swedes went into halftime with a 30-28 lead courtesy of a Clair Cole jumper with 10 seconds remaining.

Bethany?s Cathy Wade led all scorers with 26 points, seven rebounds and four assists. Cole contributed 10 points, five rebounds and three assists.

Tabor had three scorers in double digits. Hullet scored 14 points, pulled down five rebounds and dished out four assists. Dick scored 11 and Robinson finished with 10 points, four rebounds and three assists.

Sitting out the last 5:21 in the first half due to picking up her second foul, Tynon Honn scored nine points and grabbed five rebounds. Vivian Olivera led Tabor on the boards with six rebounds.

Tabor falls to 3-12 on the season and 2-4 in KCAC play. The Bluejays are tied for fourth place in with Bethany, Friends and St. Marys.

Thursday, Tabor travels to Winfield to play 12-4, 5-1 Southwestern. The Mound?builders have won three in a row.


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