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Fast Start Not Enough To Top Taylor
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Taylor 12-16; 7-91119202272
Goshen 13-15; 7-925814855
Feb. 11, 2017
Goshen, IN
TaylorIndv. LeadersGoshen
#32 Kendall Bradbury - 29Points #30 Sophia Sears - 14
2 Players (#15,#32) - 8Rebounds #34 Gabby Williams - 8
#15 Cassidy Wyse - 7Assists #23 Lynnia Noel - 5
TaylorTeam StatisticsGoshen
50% (28 - 56) Field Goals % 35.9% (23 - 64)
47.1% (8 - 17) 3 Point Field Goals % 23.5% (4 - 17)
61.5% (8 - 13) Free Throws 100% (5 - 5)
38Rebounds 32
19Assists 9
13Turnovers 12
152nd Chance Pts 12
Women's Basketball - Sat, Feb. 11, 2017

By Seth Wesman
Sports Information Intern

GOSHEN, Ind. — Sophia Sears scored 14 points her return to the lineup but the Goshen College women's basketball team stumbled after a strong first quarter, falling to the visiting Trojans of Taylor University 72-55 Saturday afternoon.

Gabby Williams and Lynnia Noel each recorded double digit performances with 12 and 10 points respectively with Williams recording a team-high 8 rebounds. Fellow seniors Calla Bartlett, Kelsey Fraley and Angela McLean also recorded points in their final home game.

Noel led Goshen (13-15, 7-9 Crossroads League) in assists with 5 and Haley Archibeque dished out a pair. Sears, Bartlett and Noel each recorded 1 of Goshen's 3 blocks with 5 players each totaling a steal apiece.

The Leafs stormed out to a 25-11 lead after the opening quarter before Taylor (12-16, 7-9) charged back to cut the deficit to 33-30 at the half. The Trojans would outscore Goshen 42-22 in the second half, with the Leafs being held to only 8 points in the final quarter.

Taylor was led by Kendall Bradbury who poured in a game-high 29 points. Audrey Wright, Josie Cobb and Jamie Netzley added 13, 11 and 10 points each. Bradbury and Cassidy Wyse grabbed 8 boards apiece with Cobb contributing 7.

GC shot 23-for-64 (35.9 percent) from the field and 4-for-17 (23.5 percent) from beyond the arc to go along with a perfect 5-for-5 from the charity stripe. Taylor shook off a slow start to shoot 28-for-56 (50 percent) from the field and 8-for-17 (47.1 percent) from deep.

The Trojans outrebounded the Maple Leafs 38-32 and recorded 19 assists to Goshen's 9. The Leafs forced 13 turnovers and only committed 12 but were outscored 13-10 in points off turnovers.

With the loss, GC was unable to clinch a spot in the Crossroads League tournament outright, although head coach Stephanie Miller's team did lock up a tie with Bethel's win over Mount Vernon Nazarene. Had Goshen won, it would find itself alone in fifth place, with Taylor a game from missing the postseason altogether: instead, each team is part of a four-way tie for fifth with Huntington and Bethel. All four teams in the tie could finish anywhere from a tie for third to a tie for eighth and ninth.

The Maple Leafs will be back in action Wednesday night when they host Spring Arbor University in their final home game of the season on Wednesday night at 7 p.m.; the team would clinch a postseason spot for the third straight year with a win or a MVNU loss at Indiana Wesleyan. Goshen's regular season will conclude on Saturday at defending conference and national champion Marian University.