Wichita, Kan. - With three conference games remaining and the Friends University Lady Falcons holding a one game lead over Southwestern in the battle for the KCAC title, Coach RaeAnne Boothe
knew the Tabor Blue Jays would come into Saturday night's game at the Garvey PE Center with upset on their mind.
After five minutes of play in the opening half Tabor who had only three conference wins coming into the game, held a commanding 12-0 lead before the Falcons could catch their breath.
Making slight adjustments the Falcons inched back into the game but still trailed 30-22 at halftime. When the team returned to the court after the intermission it was apparent they had regained their focus with sharp offense and tenacious defense.
Guard Minta Whetstone
was deadly with her outside shooting in the second half, hitting all 3 of her three point attempts and 7 of 9 field goals for a team leading 19 points.
Center Abril Marshall
dominated the inside attack for the Lady Falcons tallying 17 points while guard Abby Fawcett
balanced out the offense with 13 points. Friends forced Tabor into 20 turnovers and allowed the Blue Jays to hit only 25% of their shots in the second half.
The victory keeps Friends University one game ahead of Southwestern, who defeated Ottawa Saturday night 98-95 in double overtime.
Friends with a 14-2 conference and 20-8 overall record will host Kansas Wesleyan on Thursday, February 16 in the final regular season home game, and will travel to Sterling on Saturday, February 18. If the Lady Falcons can win one of the two remaining games they will secure the KCAC regular season title and one of the conference automatic bids to the NAIA national tournament.