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KWU Women Rally Past Tabor

Mike Hammett - December 5, 2013 7:48 pm

The Kansas Wesleyan women’s basketball team put together an impressive final 16 mintues, erasing a 13-point deficit to defeat Tabor in Hillsboro on Thursday night, 81-74.

It was a back-and-forth first half, with nine lead changes and a handful of ties. Tabor used an 8-0 run late in the first half to build a nine point lead at 43-34 on a basket by Tonisha Dean with 1:29 left.

Tabor would hold on to a six point lead at the break, 45-39.

In the second half, Tabor built a 13-point lead on a 9-2 run, finishing with a basket by Mallory Zuercher with 16:33 left.

The Coyotes would then crank it up on defense, holding Tabor without a field goal for nearly eight minutes. Kansas Wesleyan went on a 20-3 run, including a 7-0 spurt by Christian Cassity to close the run, taking the Coyotes from down 54-41 to up 61-57 with 9:08 left.

Tabor would cut the lead back to one, but the Coyotes would respond, pushing the lead to seven at 70-63 on a three by Alecia Smith with 6:23 left. The two teams played even the rest of the way, with the Coyotes never leading by more than eight, and Tabor never trailed by less than five for the remainder of the game.

Kansas Wesleyan was led by 26 points from Vanessa Kresin, while Alecia Smith added 15 points and 10 rebounds for her fourth double-double of the season. Cassity had 16 points for the Coyotes.

Tabor was led by 26 points by Tonisha Dean, 15 points from Nikki Lewis and 12 points from Zuercher.

Kansas Wesleyan improves to 5-5 and 1-0 in the KCAC, winning their sixth straight conference opener. Tabor drops to 3-6, 0-1 in the KCAC.