Tabor women come one point short at Ottawa, but defeat OWU

by Don Ratzlaff

The Free Press

The Tabor College women lost a 59-56 heartbreaker to Ottawa Univer­sity Saturday in Ottawa.

The lead went back and forth for much of the game. Tabor led after one quarter, 16-13, but Ottawa rallied to take a 30-28 lead as the first half ended.

True to form, Tabor regained the lead 43-41 after three quarters, but could not thwart the Braves in the fourth quarter for a 59-56 defeat.

Taylor Deniston continued her scoring pace with 21 points on 7-for-11 shooting from the floor and 6-for-7 from the free-throw line.

Amber Bonham added 16 points, including four 3-point baskets, and Sammy Jo Peterson added 10 points.

Jessica King led Ottawa with 28 points, making 12 of 18 shots from the field. She also pulled down 12 rebounds.

With the loss, Tabor is now a co-leader with Kansas Wesleyan atop the KCAC with an 8-2 record. The Jays’ record for the season is 11-5.

Ottawa improved to 6-4 in conference play and 7-8 for the season.

Oklahoma Wesleyan—Tabor opened its on-the-road schedule last week with a huge 62-61 win over Okla­homa Wesleyan University at Bartlesville.

It was another back-and-forth battle for the two teams. The Bluejays posed a 14-11 after one quarter, but a 21-15 Eagle surge in the second quarter put the home team in front by halftime, 32-29.

Both teams enjoyed a productive third quarter, with Tabor having a slight upper hand with a 19-18 edge.

Trailing 50-48 heading into the final frame, Tabor dug deep to pull out a 62-61 win by outscoring the Eagles, 14-11.

Tabor’s Taylor Deniston led all scorers with 25 points with 8-for-18 shooting from the floor, 4-for-10 from behind the arc and a perfect 5-for-5 at the free throw line. She also grabbed eight rebounds.

Kristyn Wedel added 12 points and eight rebounds for Tabor. Cheyenne Been led OWU with 19 points.

The win improved Tabor’s record to 8-1 in the KCAC and 11-4 for the season.

Coming—Tabor’s next three games will be played on the home court. On Jan. 10, Kansas Wesleyan Univer­sity comes to town for a 6 p.m. game, Southwestern College will play Tabor at 5 p.m. Jan. 13, followed by York College Jan. 17 with a 6 p.m. tip-off.