HILLSBORO, Kan. – The Southwestern College women's basketball team suffered its fifth road loss of the season Tuesday evening in Hilllsboro, Kan. The Lady Builders fell to the nationally-ranked Bluejays of Tabor College, 87-65, inside Tabor Gymnasium.
Senior Me'Shelle Parker led Southwestern's scoring efforts with 13 points in Tuesday's contest. The Edmond, Okla., native, via Labette Community College, drained both of her three-point attempts on her way to a 4-for-8 effort from the floor. She also grabbed four rebounds and three assists. Parker was joined in double figures by Jordyn Miller, who scored 11 points, while Maddie Rogers and Kilah Hoenscheidt added 10 points each.
Senior Kenzi Taylor was the Lady Builders' rebounding leader with eight boards, while Hoenscheidt added five rebounds. Parker and Rogers grabbed four rebounds each.
Tabor's Nicole Decker led all scorers with 14 points each.
Southwestern (8-6, 4-4 KCAC) shot 40 percent (20-50) from the floor, and 41.7 percent (5-12) from three-point range. The Lady Builders converted 74.1 percent (20-27) of their free throws, but were out-rebounded by the Bluejays, 34-33.
Turnovers plagued the Lady Builders all night. Tabor forced 21 turnovers, which the Jays converted into 24 points on their way to the 22-point victory.
Tabor (10-3, 7-1 KCAC), which dropped to No. 20 in the latest NAIA Div. II national poll, which was released just hours before Tuesday's game, jumped out to a quick 6-2 lead, but a Kenzi Taylor jumper sparked an 8-0 spurt that gave the Lady Builders a 10-6 edge with 4:39 to play in the opening quarter. The Jays answered with four quick points to force a 10-10 tie, and Tabor held a 13-12 advantage when the first period came to a close.
The Jays never trailed from that point forward. Tabor opened the second quarter on a 12-3 run to take a 27-15 lead at the 6:27 mark of the second quarter. Southwestern answered with a 17-8 run over the next five minutes, thanks in part to triples from Taylor Henderson, Kilah Hoenscheidt, and Me'Shelle Parker, and pulled to within three at 35-32 with 1:19 remaining in the half, but Tabor scored the final four points of the period, and held a 39-32 halftime lead.
Back-to-back Jordyn Miller buckets to open the third quarter, and a pair of Hoenscheidt free throws helped the Lady Builders to pull to within four, 42-38, just three minutes into the third quarter, but Tabor took it from there. A 16-2 Lady Jay run allowed Tabor to take a 58-40 edge with 2:28 remaining in the period. Just over a minute later, the Jays extended their lead to 20 (62-42) with 90 seconds to play in the quarter. Southwestern made seven free throws over the final 90 seconds of the period, and cut Tabor's lead to 62-49 with one quarter to play.
Tabor got those seven points back with a 7-0 run to open the fourth quarter, and the Jays never looked back from there. Tabor never led by less than 16 points the rest of the way en route to the 87-65 final margin.
Tuesday's loss drops Southwestern to 8-6 on the season, and 4-4 in Kansas Collegiate Athletic Conference play. The Lady Builders will return to action on Dec. 29, traveling to Santa Barbara, Calif., for the Westmont College Holiday Classic. Southwestern will face Westmont at 3:30 p.m., before challenging the Mustangs of The Master's University on Dec. 30. Both games will take place inside Murchison Gymnasium on the Westmont College campus.