HILLSBORO — McPherson College’s women’s basketball team now knows how high the bar is raised in the KCAC, thanks to Tabor College.
The conference’s preseason favorite gave the high-scoring Bulldogs a dose of reality on Saturday with a 68-49 victory. Mac had entered the game 1-0 in the KCAC and 5-1 overall, but the Bluejays shut down the Bulldogs’ explosive offense that had produced three 90-plus scoring games out of the first six.
The Bulldogs shot just 31 percent from the field and were only 10 of 24 at the foul line as they played catch-up all night, leading just once at 2-0.
Sonerka White led the Bulldogs with 9 points. Mac coach Gordon Ediger tried a little bit of everything as 11 players took the court.
Mac had no answer for former Kansas Miss Basketball Morgan Ediger, who drained 26 points.
The Bulldogs head up to Lindsborg on Tuesday to take on county rival Bethany College. Like the Bulldogs, the Swedes are 1-1 in the KCAC.
Mac (49) — White 9, Coe 7, Ricahrdson 6, Battle 3, Holt 1, Roberts 7, Olvera 7, Van Donselaar 4, Racette 3, Milum 2.
Tabor (68) — Ediger 26, Deniston 13, Leiszler 9, Wedel 6, Peterson 4, Bonham 3, Mires 3, Washington 2, Brubacher 2.
• TABOR MEN 85, MAC 71 — KCAC teams just don’t win in Hillsboro.
That seems to have been a fact the last few years now. The Bulldogs didn’t give themselves a chance by shooting just 39 percent from the field, as their season-long shooting woes continued.
Tabor set the tone by jumping out to an 8-0 lead and the Bulldogs played from behind all night. The Bluejays had it all going in the first half, up by 20 at 52-32.
Aaron Bachura led the Bulldogs with 18 points and Careino Gurley added 14. A promising sign was that reserve Stefan Krsmanovic pulled down 10 rebounds and scored 6 points off the bench in his 14 minutes. He had played only a few minutes this season, but does have the size the Bulldogs are lacking due to injuries.
Tabor shot 51 percent, but just 21 percent from 3-point. KCAC Player of the Year candidate Julian Winton scored 16 points to lead a balanced TC attack.
Mac, now 1-5 overall, goes to Lindsborg on Tuesday to renew their county rival with Bethany College. Both teams are 0-2 in the KCAC.
Mac (71) — Bachura 18, Gurley 14, Owen 9, Raleigh 7, Watts 4, Krsmanovic 6, Oxford 6, Parker III 6, Ellison 1.
Tabor (85) — Winton 16, Beristain 14, Horstick 9, Patterson 6, Urrutia 2, Baker 11, Wilson 7, Cutliff 7, Russell 6, Arnold 6, Spruill 1.