The ninth-ranked Tabor College women?s basketball team is off to a 1-2 start to the 2015-16 season. After losing their season-opener, the Bluejays split a pair of games at Sterling?s Warrior Classic Friday and Saturday.
Mid-America Christian?Tabor defeated the NAIA Division I Evangels, 70-58, Friday.
Tabor led, 9-4, after a Mallory Zuercher two-pointer, but the Evangels used a 5-0 run to tie the game and took the lead, 19-17, by the end of the first quarter.
Tabor outscored the Evangels 16-9 in the second quarter. With Tabor trailing, 21-19, Zuercher ignited a 10-0 run with a two-pointer, and Tabor led, 33-28, at halftime.
The Bluejays enjoyed their first double-digit margin, 40-29, after a Zuercher basket. Tabor outscored Mid-America 18-12 in the third quarter and 19-18 in the fourth.
Zuercher led Tabor with 17 points. Jurnee Reid added 11.
Briar Cliff?Tabor lost a 72-71 overtime thriller to the seventh-ranked Chargers Saturday. The game was a rematch from last year?s NAIA quarterfinals, in which Tabor lost, 62-53.
This time, the Bluejays built a 16-13 lead after the first quarter of play. The teams played evenly through quarter two, for a 33-30 Bluejay advantage at halftime thanks to a Kaleigh Troxell three-pointer with 24 seconds left in the half.
Briar Cliff made up the difference by winning the third quarter, 20-17, to tie the game at 50 heading into the final quarter of play.
Both teams added 12 points in the fourth quarter. Tabor trailed by as many as 58-50, but battled back by outscoring Briar Cliff 9-2 in the final six minutes, including a pair of game-tying free throws by Mallory Zuercher with just 10 seconds left in regulation.
Tabor couldn?t hold on for victory in overtime, as Briar Cliff came away with the 10-9 edge. The Chargers enjoyed a 6-0 run at the start and Tabor trailed the rest of the way. Zuercher scored with 38 seconds left to make it 72-69, and Taylor Hurd made a two-pointer at the buzzer.
Jurnee Reid led Tabor with 17 points. Hurd added 12.
William Woods?Tabor lost its season-opener Tuesday, 64-48.
The Owls are receiving votes in the NAIA Division I preseason Top 25 poll.
William Woods built a 7-0 lead to start the first quarter, but an 8-0 Bluejay run later tied the game at 10. The first quarter ended with the Owls in front, 18-16.
The Owls turned up the heat in the second quarter with a 15-3 run. William Woods outscored Tabor, 23-11, in the quarter for a 41-27 halftime lead.
Tabor managed just six points in the third quarter, including a three-point basket by Jurnee Reid and three free throws by Sam Short. William Woods extended its lead to 53-33 heading into the final quarter to 53-33.
Tabor outscored the Owls, 15-11, in the fourth quarter, bringing it to the final, 16-point spread. Reid and Morgan Ediger each contributed eight points.
Coming?Tabor (1-2) was scheduled to play at Haskell Indian Nations University Tuesday. The Bluejays will then participate in the Fulton State Bank Classic in Mitchell, S.D., where they will face Dakota Wesleyan Friday and Hastings Saturday.