Hillsboro, Kan. – The 2011-12 Tabor College women's basketball season came to a close Saturday night in Hillsboro, Kan. but not before the Lady Jays gave their fans a thrilling 66-62 double overtime win, defeating the Spires of the University of St. Mary.
With the win Tabor finished the season winning four of its last five, including a perfect 2-0 week that included a win over Sterling College.
Things did not appear to be going well for the Lady Jays in the first half as Tabor struggled to find any offensive rhythm against the Spires. Tabor made four field goals in the half and scored a paltry 11 points as they went into the halftime break trailing by 13 at 24-11.
In the second half Tabor would slowly chip away at the Spires lead before junior Katlyn Mary's basket with 7:57 left to play gave the Lady Jays their first lead of the night at 34-33. Tabor would continue to extend its lead to as many as five before the Spires rallied to tie the score back up at 45 all on a three-point basket with 37 seconds left to play. Tabor would have a chance to win it in regulation but came up short as the game went to overtime.
In overtime Tabor would find itself down by two with 20 seconds left to play but junior Tynan Honn's basket with just three seconds left tied it at 55-all sending the game into double overtime.
In the second overtime Tabor would score the opening basket and never look back. The Lady Jays would lead by as many as six in the period before coming away with a four-point victory.
Mary lead Tabor offensively with 23 points on 8-23 shooting from the field to go along with eight rebounds, four assists, and two steals in the game. Sophomore Hannah Paust added 12 points and six rebounds while Honn just missed a double-double with 11 points and nine rebounds.
The Lady Jays also got a strong night from junior Molly Dick with eight points and a team-high 13 rebounds. Tabor would win the rebounding battle by 11 at 60-49.
Tabor finished the game shooting 34.2 percent from the field and 16.7 percent shooting from behind the arc, while totaling 10 assists and committing 20 turnovers for the game.
The Spires finished the night shooting 30.4 percent from the field and 12.5 percent shooting from behind the arc dishing out eight assists to 20 turnovers for the game.
Tabor finished the 2011-12 season tied for eighth place in the in the KCAC standings with a conference record of 5-13, and an overall record of 7-21.