Taylor Hits Program-Record 19 Threes in Season-Opener


UPLAND, Ind. – No. 19 Taylor (1-0) had a hot start to its season on Friday, defeating Asbury (0-1) by a score of 93-53. The Trojans lit it up from downtown, setting a program-record by draining 19-of-58 triples.


TU shot the ball well early in the game, logging 13 treys in the first half, converting on 43.3 percent of its attempts. Taylor’s first 10 made shots were all from three point land. Eight different Trojans drained a triple in the game, with four of them grabbing at least three. Freshman Merideth Deckard led the way with five made threes in her collegiate debut.


The great shooting night helped the Purple and Gold to a convincing win to start the Four-State Tip-Off Classic. Down 8-7 to begin the game, the Trojans finished the first quarter on an 18-8 run and never looked back.


Taylor maintained its momentum from the first quarter to continue the surge with a 28-4 run to begin the second quarter.  Leading by 31 at the half, TU cruised to victory reaching a game-high 42 point advantage in the fourth quarter.


Offensively, the TU squad played unselfish basketball, never hesitating to deliver the extra pass to an open teammate. The Trojans dished out 25 assists, distributing an assist on all but three of their made buckets.


Taylor was also smart with the ball, giving up only 11 turnovers, while nabbing 14 steals on the Eagles.


Kendall Bradbury led the team in scoring, posting 20 points in 19 minutes of action. The senior added team-highs with nine rebounds, four blocks and three steals.


Young talent shone brightly for TU, starting with Deckard who finished with 18 points on six-of-13 shooting from the field. Sophomore Lauren James also put together a great scoring night, recording 13 points with three treys.


Junior Becca Buchs gathered double-digit points with 13 points on 10 shot-attempts in 19 minutes. Senior Lacey Garrett was TU’s leading passer, dishing out six assists to open the season.


No. 19 Taylor will return to Odle Arena tomorrow, as it faces Madonna at 6:30 pm.