|Taylor (Ind.) 6-5, 3-1 CL||13||12||18||18||61|
|Saint Francis (Ind.) 4-7, 2-2 CL||23||18||14||17||72|
|Dec. 7, 2016|
|Fort Wayne, IN|
|Taylor (Ind.)||Indv. Leaders||Saint Francis (Ind.)|
|#32 Kendall Bradbury - 27||Points||#10 Lauren McBryar - 14|
|#32 Kendall Bradbury - 7||Rebounds||#21 Kara Gerka - 10|
|2 Players (#15,#22) - 4||Assists||#20 Savannah Buck - 6|
|Taylor (Ind.)||Team Statistics||Saint Francis (Ind.)|
|33.3% (21 - 63)||Field Goals %||46.4% (26 - 56)|
|29.6% (8 - 27)||3 Point Field Goals %||37% (10 - 27)|
|84.6% (11 - 13)||Free Throws||83.3% (10 - 12)|
|7||2nd Chance Pts||9|
FORT WAYNE, Ind. – Offensive struggles for TU and timely three-point shooting by Saint Francis prevented the Taylor women's basketball team from picking up its fourth-straight Crossroads League win, as the Trojans fell, 72-61, at Saint Francis on Wednesday.
After 20 minutes of game action, Saint Francis had built up a 41-25 halftime lead on the strength of 59.3-percent (16-of-27) shooting from the floor and 6-of-11 from deep (54.6 percent) and holding the Trojans to 27.8 percent (10-of-36) shooting from the field and 18.8 percent (3-of-16) from behind the arc.
Coming out of the intermission, the Cougars looked to put the game out of reach early with a two-point bucket and a triple to extend their lead to a game-high 19 points less than 90 seconds into the second half. Taylor responded with a 10-0 scoring burst to make it a 46-37 USF lead with just under five minutes remaining in the third quarter. Both teams traded baskets until a trey by Saint Francis gave the Cougars a 12-point cushion heading to the final period.
The fourth quarter began much like the third quarter ended, with both teams trading field goals and the USF advantage not dipping under 10 points over the first six minutes of the period. Nevertheless, TU had one more rally attempt left, as Aubrey Wright's bucket followed by Kendall Bradbury's triple and two free throws sliced the Trojans' deficit to just six points, 65-59, with 2:08 to go in regulation. The comeback try came up short, though, as Taylor had two costly turnovers in its three possessions following the free throws by Bradbury to allow Saint Francis to secure the 72-61 victory.
Bradbury led all scorers with 27 points, while also pulling down seven rebounds and matching a career-high with four steals on the night to lead the Trojans. Josie Cobb added nine points and two steals, while Cassidy Wyse tallied seven points, four assists, four boards and two steals. Monica Compton also chipped in six points and four rebounds for TU.
Next on the schedule for TU (6-5, 3-1 CL) is a road matchup with No. 17 IU East (7-3) on Saturday at 1:00 pm in Richmond, Indiana.