Taylor Hits Century Mark in Home Rout
UPLAND, Ind. – The TU women’s basketball squad (11-3, 5-2 CL) opened up a 41-point lead in the first half and never looked back on the way to a 101-51 triumph over Bethel (4-8, 0-5 CL). The fifty point victory marked the fifth-straight win for TU this season and the fourth-consecutive contest that the Trojans reached 100 points against BU.
From the tip to the final buzzer, Taylor controlled the pace of the game, scoring the first 14 points of the competition. Lauren James came out on fire, hitting three treys and posting 13 points in the opening stanza. The junior guard finished the game with 16 points and a team-high five assists.
A 17-0 run in the second quarter gave the Trojans a 41-point advantage 16 minutes into the match. In the rally, TU went six-for-seven from the floor with six different Trojans adding to the scoring column.
Merideth Deckard dominated the second and third periods, nailing five treys for 15 points in the two quarters. Deckard also sank a triple in the first quarter for six three-pointers, a team-high 18 points and an impressive 60.0 three-point field goal percentage.
TU found success in the paint in the fourth quarter with Gretchen Moll and Taylor Westgate each contributing six points close to the basket. The duo helped push the Purple and Gold past the century mark and into the 50-point victory.
Freshman Westgate logged a career-high 15 points in the win, making seven-of-10 attempts from the floor, including one long ball. Sophomore center Moll nabbed a career-best nine rebounds to go along with her season-high of 16 points.
Taylor shared the ball well with all 13 Trojans recording at least one assist on the night. The team dished out 29 assists on 39 total field goals.
The TU defense kept the Pilots offense quiet, forcing 16 turnovers and holding the visitors to a 23.8 field goal percentage and an 18.4 three-point percentage.
TU is slated to return to action in a Saturday contest against Grace (9-6, 1-5 CL) inside Odle Arena at 1:00 pm.