No. 16 Taylor Secures Sweep of Huntington on Senior Night
UPLAND, Ind. – The Taylor women’s basketball team nearly led from the opening tip to the final horn in Wednesday’s 69-51 win over Huntington at Odle Arena, giving TU seniors Josie Cobb, Sierra Wilson and Cassidy Wyse a win in their final regular-season home game wearing the purple and gold.
The Trojans jumped out to a quick 13-3 lead in the opening quarter, after making five of their first six shots from the floor. TU went cold the rest of the stanza, however, making just two of their final 10 attempts and allowing Huntington (16-12, 9-8 CL) to cut the lead to 15-13 by the end of the period.
Taylor once again got off to a fast start in the second period, building up a 30-18 lead at the 3:51 mark with a 15-5 spurt, on its way to a 33-23 halftime lead. TU converted four-of-nine from long distance in the frame, compared to just one-of-10 from three-point range in the first quarter, and assisted on all seven of its second-quarter field goals.
The third quarter saw the Purple and Gold rip off yet another run to begin the stanza, as the Trojans scored the first eight points to extend their lead to 41-23 with 7:28 to go.
TU led, 51-35, entering the final 10 minutes and used a 10-3 burst to push its advantage to a game-high 23 points, before coasting to the 69-51 final tally.
Taylor shot 46 percent from the floor for the game, while holding Huntington to 33.3 percent shooting, which was 11 percent lower than HU’s 44 percent shooting on the year. The Purple and Gold also posted a 23-8 advantage on points off turnovers in the Senior Night victory.
With the win, Taylor tied the program record for most league wins in a single season, and the 20 wins overall is the most since posting 21 wins during the 2012-2013 season.
Kendall Bradbury notched her 25th 20-point outing of the season, producing 23 points on 8-of-14 shooting and six rebounds to lead the Trojans.
Wyse scored 12 points on 6-of-12 from the floor and swiped two steals, and Aubrey Wright was the third Trojan in double-figures with 11 points, while adding four assists and three rebounds.
Cobb tallied an all-around line of eight points, five assists, four rebounds and two steals to move into 21st place on TU’s all-time scoring list with 1,121 career points, passing Jen Peak’s 1,114 points from 1997 to 2001. Cobb needs just one point to tie for 20th, two points to tie for 18th and three points to take over 18th place by herself.
Jamie Netzley totaled five points and three steals in 18 minutes off the bench for the victors.
The 16th-ranked Trojans (20-9, 13-4 CL) will head north to face Grace (16-13, 10-7 CL) on the road and look to spoil the Lancers’ Senior Day in the regular season finale. Taylor is locked into the No. 3 seed in the Crossroads League Tournament, which begins on Tuesday, February 20.