Bradbury Paces No. 22 TU in Rout of Bethel


UPLAND, Ind. – Taylor junior Kendall Bradbury poured in 36 points to move into fifth place on the program’s all-time scoring list and help the 22nd-ranked Trojans defeat Bethel, 89-50, at Paul Patterson Court on Wednesday night.


TU held a 21-12 lead after the opening stanza, but Bethel (6-15, 1-8 CL) scored the first five points of the second quarter to pull within four, 21-17, at the 8:10 mark.


Taylor ripped off a 19-2 run over the next 4:20 of action to make it a 21-point spread, before the Trojans went into halftime with a 46-22 cushion.


The Purple and Gold shot a blistering eight-of-11 (72.7 percent) from the floor in the pivotal period, with all three misses coming from three-point range (three-of-six).


The Trojans led by 23 points after three quarters, and a 28-12 fourth quarter inflated the lead to the final margin of 39.


With the win, TU completed the season sweep of Bethel for the fourth time in the past 10 seasons and improved to 7-2 in Crossroads League play, the best start in league play since 2004-2005, when the Trojans also started 7-2.


Bradbury now has 1,769 career points, moving past Yen Tran’s 1,756 points from 1994 to 1998 to jump into fifth place all-time at Taylor. The All-American also pulled down seven boards and swiped four steals, while knocking down 14-of-24 from the floor and a season-high four triples on eight tries.


Josie Cobb netted 13 points and Jamie Netzley added a career-high 11 points and three steals in 13 minutes off the bench. Aubrey Wright grabbed a career-high five steals, while Abby Buchs dished out a career-high six assists and Cassidy Wyse notched six points and six rebounds in the rout.


No. 22 Taylor (14-7, 7-2 CL) will welcome Grace (10-11, 4-5 CL) to Odle Arena on Saturday at 1:00 pm in the first game of the men’s and women’s doubleheader, as the men will follow at 3:00 pm.