HILLSBORO — It may have been the most remarkable statistic in college basketball this season, no matter the level.
The nationally ranked Tabor College women practically relied on their bench the entire game on Saturday for a 79-56 victory over McPherson College.
The Bluejays led 40-23 at the half, with the reserves scoring 35 of the points. For the game, the Tabor bench scored 63 of the 79 points.
The flush-with-talent Bluejays are 6-0 in the KCAC and it’s going to take an incredible effort by the other conference teams or an off-night by Tabor for it to lose. Coach Shawn Reed employed 14 players and 12 of them scored.
Reserves Morgan Ediger (13), Taylor Deniston (12) and Kayla Wilgers (12) led the Jays, who shot 12 of 24 from 3-point as they riddled the Mac zone for 8 of 14 in the first half alone. Ediger is the reigning Miss Kansas Basketball as it was recruiting coup for the Bluejays.
McPherson College received usual fine games from Ashton Bruner (a double-double with 16 points and 10 rebounds) and Bailey Brown (12 points), but again there wasn’t much help as coach Gordon Reimer continues to try different combinations for a spark.
One bright spot was the play of late addition Taryn Lee, who had seven points and nine rebounds in just 13 minutes. She was out the early part of the season because she plays for the Mac volleyball team.
The Bulldogs now have lost five in a row after starting KCAC play 2-0. They are 3-10 overall.
Oklahoma Wesleyan, which has spent some time in the Top 25, comes to town on Tuesday.
Mac (56) — Bruner 16, Brown 12, S. Smart 3, Battle 8, Racette 7, Allen 3, Lee 7.
Tabor (79) — Reid 5, Short 2, Hurd 5, Troxwell 4, Bonham 6, Deniston 12, Wilgers 12, Decker 6, Ediger 13, Nakvinda 6, Loewen 4, Clark 4.
• TABOR MEN 90, MAC 72 — Can anybody beat the Bluejays?
That’s the question going around the KCAC as Tabor notched its sixth straight conference win while the slumping Bulldogs are now 1-6, having played five of their seven conference games on the road.
The Bulldogs stayed within shouting distance for the majority of the game, but it got away the final 12 minutes after trailing only 58-51.
Without injured 6-8 center Reed Rowell and constant foul trouble for Ryan O’Hara and Ramon Martinez, the Bulldogs were chewed up inside as Tabor dominated the paint.
Chris Crook led Mac with 20 points and Dee Roberts showed signs of coming out of his slump with 18. Martinez scored 14.
Tabor, blessed with infinite depth as many of its reserves could start for anybody else in the KCAC, had five players in double figures, led by the mercurial Lance Carter. The 6-4 point guard scored 17 points, grabbed 14 rebounds and dished off for five assists in yet another masterful performance.
The Bulldogs have lost 10 of 11 to fall to 3-11 overall. Oklahoma Wesleyan comes to town on Tuesday.
Mac (72) — Martinez 14, Bachura 5, Crook 20, Lakin 2, Raleigh 6, Lowe 2, Roberts 18, Parker 2, Haury 3.
Tabor (90) — Carter 17, Gibson 8, Parry 9, Smith 11, Brooks 13, Jones 12, Urrutia 3, Baker 11, Arck 2, Jedneak 4.