The Tabor College women (6-8, 9-15) lost to conference rival Bethel (8-6, 14-10) at home Saturday, 79-65.
?It was a little bit of what we expected,? Bluejay coach Shawn Winter said. ?I just knew they were going to be really ready to play on Saturday.?
Two minutes into the first half, the Bluejays found themselves down 9-2 and needing a spark. Tynan Honn provided it, scoring in the paint and bringing the Bluejays within five points of the Threshers.
Midway through the half, with Bethel leading 21-15, the Threshers rattled off three consecutive three pointers to widen their lead, 30-15.
Katlyn Mary answered with her own three-pointer, Honn and Vivian Olvera threw in four free throws and Amy Jo Maphet concluded the period by hitting a three from the corner.
The halftime score was 44-33.
Honn kicked off the second half with four unanswered points, shaving Bethel?s lead to seven points. The visitors began to build their lead again, but Katlyn Mary kept Tabor?s hopes alive with another three.
Whitney Polosky and Vivian Olvera made key free throws and with seven minutes left in the game Bethel led, 63-58. The Threshers pulled away for the last time, handing Tabor its 15th loss of the season.
?We dug a hole we couldn?t quite get out of in the second half,? Winter said. ?I was proud of my team for staying composed and taking the game one possession at a time.?
He also said because of that, the Bluejays gave themselves a chance to be in the game at the end.
Honn scored 16 points and Whitney Polosky contributed 15 to pace Tabor.
Ottawa?The Bluejays fell to Ottawa University (3-11, 6-18) on the road Thursday, 65-60.
?It was a combination of Ottawa playing well at home, and we didn?t come as focused as we needed to be to win a game on the road,? said coach Shawn Winter.
The Braves took the lead from the start and held it throughout the first half, though the Bluejays kept the Braves from extending the lead beyond eight points.
Tabor rallied in the last five minutes of the half. Tynan Honn cut the Braves? lead to 26-24 with 4:46 left. The Braves responded with points, but two free throws and another basket by Tabor made the halftime score 32-28.
The Bluejays kept the score close for the first part of the second half, but they could not gain the lead. Ottawa took a 50-40 advantage with a little over 10 minutes to go.
But the Bluejays did not give up.
They whittled away the Braves? lead as the clock wound down. A basket by Jocelyn Cook with 2:15 left pulled the Bluejays to within two points, 58-56.
An Ottawa timeout right after that basket seemed to reenergize the Braves, who came back to extend the lead once more as time ran out.
Despite the loss, Tabor came within a point of the Braves in the second half, 33-32. Ottawa scored 18 points off of Tabor?s 21 turnovers.
Winters said his team had a chance to move up in the KCAC rankings, and he thought the pressure might have affected his players.
Polosky led the team in scoring with 18 points. Amy Jo Maphet added 11 and Honn 10. The Braves were led by Tessa Porter with 20 points; Emma Hartzler added 18.
Coming?Tabor will face conference opponent McPherson (3-11, 5-19) on the road at 6 p.m. Thursday, before returning home to play Southwestern (10-4, 17-6) in hopes of redeeming a loss to them on the road earlier this season. Tip off will be at 5 p.m.