By Clinton Dick
Editor in Chief

Courtney Watson, junior forward scores through the foul in the second half of Southwestern’s 83-52 of Tabor College. Watson finished the night with five points and three rebounds. (By Kyle Killgore/Collegian photographer)

Courtney Watson, junior forward scores through the foul in the second half of Southwestern’s 83-52 of Tabor College. Watson finished the night with five points and three rebounds. (By Kyle Killgore/Collegian photographer)

The Lady Builders turned on the jets and left Tabor in the dust Thursday night after a 42-21 second half push. The team knocked off the previously 21st nationally ranked Lady Blue Jays in Stewart Field House 83-52. The win put Southwestern one game behind both Friends University and Tabor for first place in the Kansas Collegiate Athletic Conference. The women have a 12-3 record in the conference and are 17-7 overall.

Tabor played without Janelle Rust, junior forward, who before the game was the KCAC’s leading scorer. She was out with an ACL injury she suffered during last Saturday’s game in Ottawa.

The Lady Builders blew out of the gate, scoring the first eight points of the game a minute and a half in. A three point basket by Jessica Hobbs, sophomore guard, at the 10:24 mark gave the team a 27-14 lead. The lead grew to as much as 18 in the first half until the Lady Blue Jays went on a 13-5 run to cut the lead to 41-31 at halftime. Tabor had just four players with points in the first half and shot 33 percent from the field compared to Southwestern’s 48 percent.

A 10-5 run by the Lady Builders to kick start the second half put them up for good. The team shot 50 percent from the field in the second half while Tabor hit just six of 34 shots against Southwestern’s 2-3 zone.

Trinicia Shaffer, junior guard, hit three of five from beyond the arch and led the Lady Builders with 15 points. After earning the KCAC Player of the Week award, Jana Reichenberger, freshman forward, recorded a double-double with 14 points and 14 rebounds. Jordan Hobbs, sophomore guard, put up 12 points. The team had 35 bench points and 58 points in the paint.

Tabor had just six players with points, three of which accounted for 43 of the team’s 52 total points. Nikki Lewis, junior guard, had an electrifying game, scoring 16 points and grabbing six rebounds. Katlyn Mary, senior guard, followed with 14 points and Loren Oliver, junior forward, put up 13.

Southwestern returns to Stewart Field House Saturday against the Ottawa University Lady Braves. Tip off time is 5 p.m.

Clinton Dick is a senior majoring in convergent journalism. You may e-mail him at clinton.dick@sckans.edu.