Hillsboro, Kan. – A dominating defensive performance helped propel the Tabor College women's basketball team to its biggest win of the season as the Lady Jays knocked off Sterling College by the score of 50-35.
The win was also bittersweet for former Sterling College assistant and first-year head coach Shawn Reed who picked up his first career win over his former team.
Seven Lady Jays found the scoring column led by junior Katlyn Mary with 14 points on 6-18 shooting and 2-7 shooting from behind the arc. Tabor also got offensive help from juniors Tynan Honn and Whitney Frise with nine points apiece, while junior Molly Dick and sophomore Hannah Paust combined for 14 points and 12 rebounds in the game.
The night belonged to the Lady Jays defensive effort which forced 20 turnovers in the game while holding the Warriors to 25 percent shooting from the field and 0-11 shooting from behind the arc. Tabor also won the rebounding battle by four at 44-40. Junior My-Chal Duncan led Tabor with eight rebounds while Honn added seven boards. The Lady Jays also held Sterling, who is receiving votes in the NAIA top 25 polls, to under 20 points in each of the two half's.
Tabor, which has played well of late in the first half, continued that trend holding the Warriors to just 16 first-half points to help take a seven-point lead at 23-16 into the halftime break. The Lady Jays would match their first half performance in the second half as they stifled the Warriors all night holding Sterling to 19 second half points to cruise to the 15-point victory.
Tabor finished the game shooting 37 percent from the field and 21 percent from behind the arc while totaling 13 assists to 19 turnovers on the night.
Tabor (4-13 KCAC, 6-21 Overall) will host the University of Saint Mary in its final regular season game of the year Saturday Feb. 18, with tipoff set for 5 p.m. from Hillsboro, Kan.