Tabor College women struggle early against conference competition

Tough competition and the absence of two key players proved to be too much for the Tabor College women as they dropped basketball games to Kansas Wesleyan and Ottawa last week.

The Bluejays opened the week Thursday with a 75-43 loss to Kansas Wesleyan in Salina without two starters, Lacie Ward and Whitney Poloski.

Kansas Wesleyan, ranked seventh in the NAIA, jumped to an early lead using a 13-3 run and controlled the entire game.

Tabor struggled on both sides of the ball for the first half, scoring only 16 points to KWU?s 37.

Tabor continued to get balanced scoring from the team with nine players contributing to the final total.

Katlyn Mary led the Bluejays with 10 points. Sarah Wyckoff contributed eight points and Amy Jo Maphet added seven.

The Bluejays? woes were compounded by difficulty with rebounding. Tabor grabbed only 29 compared to KWU?s 53.

Tynan Honn and Molly Dick led the team in rebounds with four each. Gina Hullet contributed three while Mary, Vivian Olvera and Nicole Gentry contributed two each.

Ottawa?Still without Lacie Ward and Whitney Poloski, Tabor returned home to play the Ottawa Braves on Saturday.

A back-and-forth first half ended with Ottawa taking q two-point advantage into halftime.

Ottawa extended its lead to as many as 20 points in the second half. The Bluejay offense fired up and pulled back within 10 points, making the final score 51-59.

Katlyn Mary and Gina Hullet led the team in scoring with 16 and 13 points, respectively. Maphet contributed nine points and Honn contributed seven.

Amy Jo Maphet led the team in rebounds with eight while Tynan Honn added five and Mary added four.

Coming?Tabor returned to action Monday with an exhibition game against South Dakota State University in Vermillion.

The Bluejays? next home game will be Friday, Dec. 31, against Hastings College at 6 p.m. as part of the annual Tabor ollege Classic.