Women's Basketball: Tabor College 64 McPherson College 48
The McPherson College Women's basketball team was without their starting power forward Brittany Roberts (illness). With her out, the Lady Bulldogs suffered their third straight KCAC loss to 20th-ranked Tabor College, 64-48.
McPherson continued to struggle from behind the arc as they went 0-for-8 in 3-point attempts in the first half.McPherson trailed as high as 12 points against the Lady Blue Jays. The first half ended with Tabor' s Taylor Deniston making a half-court shot at the buzzer. McPherson trailed 29-21 at halftime.
Sonerka " Slim" White gave McPherson their first 3-pointer of the night seven minutes into the third quarter. As the Bulldogs try to keep it a tighter ball game, the Blue Jays would continue to drain 3s to give them a double-digit lead. After trailing 41-29, Brook Deluca connected with a 3-pointer to keep it a single digit game at 41-32.
The Blue Jays remained superior in the fourth quarter, holding their largest lead at 19 points. White and Tabor's Kyli Burns were the only two players that finished the night in double figures, scoring 18 points apiece.
Tabor College improved to 5-2 (2-1 in KCAC), while the Bulldogs dropped to 5-3 (0-3 in KCAC). McPherson will be on the road to take on Kansas Wesleyan University on Monday, Nov.26 at 6 p.m.
Men's basketball: Tabor College 94 McPherson College 83
The McPherson Men's basketball team had an ugly first half after giving up 11 3-pointers. Somehow they found their way back but was not enough to defeat Tabor College.
The Bulldogs couldn't stop the Blue Jays from making 3s even if they wanted to, as they went 11-for-15. Tabor's Ricky Battles went 2-for-2, and Tevin Berry shot 3-for-3 from behind the arc. For the Bulldogs, they struggled to find their shooting rhythm, as they went 0-for-5 from the 3-point line in the first half.
Head coach Tim Swartzendruber woke his Bulldogs at halftime after trailing 54-27.
"The message at halftime was that I really didn't believe Tabor can shoot the way they shot in the first half, and we had to keep our composure and chip away," Swartzendruber said. "Our goal was at the 15-minute mark, we were hoping to be down by 20. When we got to 10 minutes, we wanted to be down by 15 or less, and you know what, we did that."
In the second half while the Blue Jays were cold, the Bulldogs were hot. Hot enough to overcome a 29-point deficit and outscoring the Blue Jays 35-11 halfway through the 10-minute mark. All of a sudden, the Bulldogs were only down by three points. Bulldogs' two-guard Chamaje Barideaux went off in the second half as he led with 27 points. Last week in the Bulldogs' win against Avila University, he put up a career-high, 35 points.
"Chamaje has played well for us, and he didn't shoot as well tonight as he did on Saturday, but definitely, he's now our top scoring threat." Swartzendruber said.
The officiating crew had a busy night calling 63 total fouls from both sides. That included four technical fouls. Five total players (three from Tabor and two from McPherson) were fouled out late in the second half. Bulldogs had their opportunity to gain their first lead since the beginning of the first half, but the technical fouls went to Tabor's favor.
"It was disappointing after we cut it to three, then the technical foul was huge, and we just lost our composure," Swartzendruber said. "The officiating got to us, and we just made a lot of silly fouls. We just kept putting them in the free throw line."
Despite their comeback, the Bulldogs weren't able to finish the job with the BlueJays nailing three more 3-pointers to put McPherson away.
"We just dug a hole. To me it's awesome to make that comeback. It was just disappointing we didn't finish it."
Tabor improved to 3-5 (1-2 in KCAC), while the Bulldogs fall to 4-3 (1-2 in KCAC). The Bulldogs will be back on the road for the next two games at Kansas Wesleyan on Monday, Nov.26 at 8 p.m. and then at Sterling College on Thursday Nov.29 at 8 p.m. after the women's game.
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