Bradbury Sets Scoring Record in TU’s Upset of No. 13 Olivet Nazarene
UPLAND, Ind. – Junior Kendall Bradbury poured in a TU single-game record 41 points to highlight four Trojans in double-figures, as the Taylor women’s basketball team knocked off 13th-ranked Olivet Nazarene, 109-90, inside Odle Arena on Saturday afternoon, ending an eight-game win streak for ONU.
Olivet Nazarene (10-4) got off to a torrid start in the opening stanza, shooting a scorching 16-of-24 (66.7 percent) from the floor and nine-of-16 (56.3 percent) from three-point land to take a 41-27 lead into the second quarter, after leading by as many as 18 and starting the contest with a 21-9 run. TU made 10 of its 22 field goal attempts (45.5 percent) in the period, but only knocked down one-of-eight (12.5 percent) from downtown.
The game flipped completely around in the second quarter, as Taylor outscored the Tigers, 32-9, and made 11-of-20 (55 percent) from the field and held ONU to a dismal three-of-21 (14.3 percent) shooting. The Trojans ripped off scoring runs of 7-0, 8-0 and 10-0 to turn a 14-point deficit into a nine-point, 59-50 halftime lead.
Taylor cut the lead in half in the first 90 seconds of the pivotal quarter, as Bradbury converted an and-one on the opening possession, followed by a pair of buckets by Becca Buchs and Cassidy Wyse to cut the Tiger lead to 41-34. After a deuce by Olivet Nazarene, the Trojans then put up eight-straight points to pull within one, 43-42, with 5:11 left until halftime. TU took the lead for good at the 2:48 mark of the second stanza, in the midst of a 10-0 burst that put the Trojans ahead, 55-49, before taking the 59-50 lead into the intermission.
ONU scored three quick baskets to cut the lead to five after just a minute and a half of play coming out of halftime, and the gap stayed between five and 10 points through the three-minute mark of the period, but Taylor finished the quarter with a 12-0 run in the final three minutes to turn a five-point lead into an 86-69 lead after three quarters.
The Trojans never allowed the lead to drop below 15 points the rest of the way, leading by as many as 23 points, before ending with a 109-90 win, TU’s third over an NAIA Top-25 team this season.
The 109 points for Taylor are the most for the program since tallying 110 points in a 110-44 rout of Saint Mary-of-the-Woods on December 30, 2013. The Trojans also held Olivet Nazarene to its lowest scoring output since December 13, 2016, and ONU’s nine steals were its fewest takeaways in a game since February 1, 2017.
Bradbury’s record-setting 41 points came on 16-of-26 (61.5 percent) shooting from the floor, breaking her own record of 39 points in an 89-80 win at Grace on January 27, 2016. The 16 makes by the NAIA All-American tie the TU single-game record, held by two different Trojans. Natalie Steele was the most recent player to achieve the feat, doing so against Saint Francis on January 1, 1997.
Bradbury added 13 rebounds to her scoring output for her 10th double-double of the season, and the junior forward now has 1,575 career points, putting her in sixth place on the TU all-time scoring list, after passing Paige Rudolph’s (2005-2009) 1,558 points. Wyse also grabbed 13 rebounds, while scoring 24 points on nine-of-14 (64.3 percent) from the floor to move into twelfth place on the all-time scoring list at TU, passing Cristi Weaver (1,216 points, 1992-1996) and Melanie Brumbaugh (1,220 points, 2000-2005).
Abby Buchs netted a career-high 18 points for the Trojans on five-of-10 shooting, while Josie Cobb added 11 points, a career-high-tying six assists and a team-leading three steals. Aubrey Wright’s six helpers tied Cobb for the most on the team in the upset victory.
Next on the schedule for RV Taylor (8-5) is a home game at Paul Patterson Court against Trinity Christian (5-8) on Tuesday night at 6:00 pm.