The Tabor College women lost to nationally ranked Kansas Wesleyan Saturday, 65-60.
?We felt like our team turned a corner last night in terms of just being prepared and being focused,? coach Shawn Winter said. ?We were just really proud of our girls for not being intimidated and not backing down.?
The Bluejays rallied to within four points seconds before halftime and just after it, and they came back to within three points with 3:02 left in the game. But they never took the lead away from the Coyotes.
Within the first six minutes of the game the Bluejays trailed the Coyotes 17-8, KWU continued to build on that lead throughout the half, leading by as much as 28-11 with just under 10 minutes left.
But Bluejay sophomore Tynan Honn was strong under the basket, scoring eight points in the first half and totaling 22 for the game. Six of those points came in the last five and a half minutes before halftime, helping to fuel the Bluejays? late surge that made the score 35-29 heading into the locker room.
The Bluejays did not allow the Coyotes to extend their lead by as much in the second half, mostly staying within 10 points of the Coyotes.
With less than five minutes left in the game, Honn scored back-to-back baskets to cut the Coyote lead to three. But the Bluejays were unable to capitalize on the opportunity and the Coyotes extended the lead in the final seconds of the contest.
Katlyn Mary hit a three-point shot at the buzzer to pull the Bluejays to within five.
?I think they?re starting to believe in themselves as a group,? Winter said. ?It?s taking a while for everyone to understand what their roles are as a team.?
He said as a young team the Bluejays have trouble playing on the road, but were gaining the maturity needed to find success.
?Coming off that game I feel like we have a lot of confidence,? Winter said. ?There?s a new hope and sense of excitement after battling Kansas Wesleyan to the end.?
Beyond Honn?s 22 points, Whitney Polosky score 15 and Amy Jo Maphet 11 to lead Tabor.
The Coyotes had three players in the double digits: LaCole Wilkinson led with 18, followed by Katie Novack with 11 and Montric Santee with 10.
Sterling?The Bluejays took a beating at the hands of conference power Sterling on the road tonight, 70-41.
?We?re disappointed not so much in the score, but in the way we played the game,? coach Shawn Winter said. ?It felt like we didn?t come ready to play.?
Tabor struggled throughout the first half, scoring only 17 points, and trailed 28-17 at halftime.
The Warriors continued steadily extended their lead as the second half progressed. The Warriors? Jannica Shultze hit a three-pointer to make the score 40-23 with 14:51 left, and the Warriors hit another three shot shortly after to make it 49-31 with 19 minutes remaining.
The Warriors had scored 11 points in the preceding five minutes and went on to score 42 points in the second half, compared to 24 for Tabor.
?I think when we play teams that are above us in the conference we have a tendency to not play with as much confidence,? Winter said. ?They?re an experienced team and on top of our conference. It?s a tough place to play.?
Tynan led Tabor with 13 points and Whitney Polosky added 10 to fuel Tabor. Sterling?s Britany Gasper led all scorers 21 points and Schultze added 14.
Coming?Tabor (6-6, 9-13) is scheduled to play Ottawa University (4-8, 7-15) on the road Thursday. The Bluejays will host Bethel (6-5, 12-9) Saturday.