|Taylor (Ind.) 5-4, 2-0 CL||12||17||8||21||58|
|Spring Arbor (Mich.) 5-4, 0-2 CL||11||12||16||15||54|
|Nov. 30, 2016|
|Spring Arbor, MI|
|Taylor (Ind.)||Indv. Leaders||Spring Arbor (Mich.)|
|#32 Kendall Bradbury - 17||Points||#21 Kylie Townsley - 14|
|#15 Cassidy Wyse - 10||Rebounds||#21 Kylie Townsley - 11|
|#10 Josie Cobb - 3||Assists||2 Players (#21,#22) - 3|
|Taylor (Ind.)||Team Statistics||Spring Arbor (Mich.)|
|35.5% (22 - 62)||Field Goals %||33.9% (21 - 62)|
|7.1% (1 - 14)||3 Point Field Goals %||6.7% (1 - 15)|
|65% (13 - 20)||Free Throws||64.7% (11 - 17)|
|5||2nd Chance Pts||14|
SPRING ARBOR, Mich. – Despite its offensive struggles, the TU women's basketball team defeated Spring Arbor on the road, 58-54, to remain unbeaten in Crossroads League play.
Taylor (5-4, 2-0 CL) held a slim one-point lead, 12-11, after the first ten minutes of action. The two teams combined for ten turnovers, while only making eight combined field goals in the opening quarter.
TU began to assert control of the contest in the second quarter, building a game-high eight-point advantage with 18 seconds remaining until intermission. Spring Arbor knocked down a pair of free throws to make it 29-23 in favor of the Trojans at halftime. Taylor only shot 10-of-33 (30.3 percent) from the floor in the first half, but held the Cougars to 8-of-25 (32 percent) shooting to take hold of the six-point lead.
The third quarter belonged to the hosts, as Spring Arbor doubled up TU in the scoring column, 16-8, to take a two-point edge into the final period. The Cougars made seven shots from the field, while only turning the ball over one time. On the other hand, the Trojans made only four field goals, compared to five turnovers.
SAU's lead would not last long, however, as Taylor opened the fourth quarter on a 14-4 run to turn a 41-37 deficit into a 51-45 lead with 4:57 left to play. The spurt started with a bucket from Sydney Huffman and ended with a pair of free throws from Kendall Bradbury. Huffman, Bradbury and Cassidy Wyse converted two baskets apiece to fuel the scoring burst.
The Cougars did not fold, responding with two field goals and two free throws to tie the game with 2:19 remaining. Monica Compton and Bradbury each knocked down a shot to give the Trojans a four-point cushion with 41 seconds to go. Solid defense by TU and three free throws in the final 24 seconds sealed the road win for the visiting Trojans.
Bradbury led the Trojans in scoring with 17 points, while also recording nine rebounds and two steals. Wyse notched her third-straight double-double with 13 points and 10 boards, while Lacey Garrett added eight points and four rebounds. Josie Cobb chipped in an all-around performance of five rebounds, four points, three assists, one steal and one block.
Taylor (5-4, 2-0 CL) will host Mount Vernon Nazarene (3-6, 0-2 CL) at Odle Arena on Saturday at 1:00 pm in its next matchup, with the men's team to play immediately following the women's game to cap the doubleheader.