Tabor earns 57-53 win at OKWU

The Tabor College women’s basketball team was tested on the road in Bartlesville Thursday but came away with a 57-53 victory.

Oklahoma Wesleyan scored the game’s first basket, then Tabor went on a 9-0 run. Jurnee Reid made two- and three-point baskets in a 30-second span to lead the charge. The Bluejays maintained the lead the rest of the quarter, which ended with a 20-15 score.

Each team added 16 points in the second quarter. After Oklahoma Wesleyan drew within 25-24, Tristen Leiszler scored then stole the ball. Sydney Webb scored off the turnover to extend Tabor’s lead to five. The first half ended with Tabor in front by that margin, 36-31.

Both teams cooled offensively in the second half. Having made nearly 44 percent of its first-half attempts (14-for-32), Tabor cooled to under 30 percent in the second half (8-for-27). The Eagles’ shooting suffered too, going from 42 percent (11-for-26) to 33 percent (8-for-24).

Oklahoma Wesleyan started the second half by outscoring Tabor, 11-5, to take the lead, 42-41. Tabor reclaimed the advantage by the end of the third quarter though, 46-45.

In the final period, Morgan Ediger drained a three-pointer with 6:21 to play, putting Tabor in front, 50-47. But then the Bluejays endured a scoreless stretch lasting 3:42. The Eagles did not score much either, but scored four points to take a one-point lead before Reid broke the drought with a go-ahead basket with 2:39 to play. Reid scored again less than a minute later to put Tabor up by three, and the teams traded baskets.

Tabor led, 56-53, when Tena Loewen scored with 50 seconds to play. The Eagles missed two three-point attempts after that, and Tabor missed one, too. Leiszler made a free-throw with 2 seconds left to bring it to the final, four-point spread.

Reid was the only Bluejay to score in double figures, tying the game-high with 19 points.

At the midway point of the KCAC season, 18th-ranked Tabor is second to 16th-ranked Friends in the conference standings.

Coming—The Bluejays (10-1, 15-3) were scheduled to play Bethel (0-11, 1-14) Monday in a game postponed from Saturday.

Tabor will host Sterling (7-4, 13-6) tonight at 6 p.m., then will ravel to York (1-10, 1-16) Saturday for a 5 p.m. game.