Tabor women start KCAC play 2-0

Phyllis Richert Photo<p>Morgan Ediger draws a foul during the second quarter against Kansas Wesleyan Saturday. She made one of two free throws. Tabor defeated the Coyotes, 75-63.

The Tabor College women?s basketball team opened KCAC play with a pair of victories last week.

Kansas Wesleyan?Tabor defeated a Coyote team receiving votes, 75-63, Saturday.

Following an 11-11 tie, Kristyn Wedel and Jurnee Reid scored back-to-back baskets to give Tabor a 15-11 lead by the end of the first quarter.

Tabor outscored the Coyotes, 20-11, in the second quarter. Wedel scored to ignite a 10-0 Bluejay run. The Coyotes? scoring drought lasted more than four minutes.

Tabor maintained a double-digit lead the rest of the quarter and enjoyed a 35-22 advantage at halftime.

The Bluejays continued to build their lead in the third quarter, outscoring Kansas Wesleyan, 24-18. Tabor led, 59-40, by the end of the period.

Although the Coyotes outscored Tabor, 23-16, in the fourth quarter, Tabor?s lead remained in double figures to the end.

As a team, the Bluejays shot just over 55 percent from the field (26-47). Reid and Kaleigh Troxell shared top scoring honors with 12 points each. Tena Loewen added 11. Mallory Zuercher was named KCAC Defensive Player of the Week.

Ottawa?Tabor cruised to a convincing, 52-37, victory over the Braves Thursday behind a strong defensive effort.

?I thought we played really well defensively, and we rebounded really well,? coach Shawn Reed said. ?We weren?t as efficient offensively as I would like us to be, especially in the second half.?

Following a 4-4 tie, Mallory Zuercher made a pair of free throws and Jurnee Reid drained a three-pointer to give Tabor the lead for good.

The Bluejays built a 16-11 margin by the end of the first quarter and gained distance with a 9-0 run to start the second period, bookended by two-point baskets by Taylor Hurd. Ottawa added just six points in the second quarter, allowing Tabor to build a 30-17 halftime lead.

Tabor continued to increase its lead, and by the end of the third quarter, held a 43-28 advantage.

The teams battled evenly through the fourth quarter to reach the final, 15-point spread.

Tabor shot around 32 percent from the field (20-62). Hurd led the Bluejays with 11 points.

Coming?Tabor (2-0, 3-5) was scheduled to host Friends (1-0, 5-4), who is receiving votes, Tuesday. The Bluejays will play at Bethany (0-2, 2-5) Dec. 3 at 6 p.m.

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