North Newton, Kan. – The Tabor College women's basketball team used a monumental second-half rally to knock off rival Bethel College by the score of 57-52, Thursday night in North Newton, Kan.
The win was the Lady Jays second straight and also marked the first time all year that they have won back-to-back games.
In a first half, that Tabor would rather forget, the Lady Jays struggled to get any shots to fall as Bethel built a 16-point lead heading into the halftime break at 30-14. The Lady Jays only made four field goals in the first half on their way to shooting a miserable 14 percent from the field and 15 percent from behind the arc. Tabor struggled to find its mark from the charity strip knocking down just 4-9 attempts from the line good for 44 percent.
Tabor would show-up as a different team in the second half. Behind the strength of its zone defense and an efficient offensive attack the Lady Jays rallied to tie the game with 9:50 left to play. Tabor continued to stage their comeback knocking down crucial free throws down the stretch to help complete the come-from-behind victory.
The Lady Jays finished the second half shooting 65 percent from the field and 33 percent behind the arc while outscoring Bethel 43-22 in the half. Defensively Tabor was stout holding the Threshers to 24 percent shooting from the field and 12 percent shoot from behind the arc in the half.
Junior Katlyn Mary paced three Lady Jays in double figures with 23 points on 8-16 shooting from the field and 3-7 shooting from behind the arc. Other Lady Jays to reach double figures included sophomore Hannah Paust with 11 points and junior Tynan Honn with 10 points.
Junior My-Chal Duncan led Tabor on the glass with a game-high nine rebounds while Mary added eight. Both teams finished the night tied on the glass at 31 boards apiece.
Tabor (3-12 KCAC, 5-20 Overall) will look for its third straight victory Saturday Feb. 11, as the Lady Jays take on Friends University at 6 p.m. from Wichita, Kan.