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Taylor Overwhelms the Racers in Comfortable Win

 

UPLAND, Ind. – No. 19 Taylor (3-0) remained undefeated on Tuesday with its second 40-point victory of the season. A hot shooting performance helped the Trojans grab the victory, as they knocked down 47.8 percent of their shots from the field and 44.7 percent from downtown.

 

The Taylor offense flexed its muscles in the first quarter, posting 33 points with eight triples. To begin the quarter, TU jumped out to a 19-6 lead, going five-of-seven from three-point land in that span.

 

Northwestern Ohio (0-2) fought back in the second quarter, keeping pace with the dynamic Taylor attack. A relatively even second quarter helped the Racers stay within 18 points of Taylor, heading into the half.

 

Kendall Bradbury got it going early, notching 18 points and four rebounds in the first half alone. Finishing with 27 points on the night, Bradbury is just 24 points shy of becoming TU’s second-highest scorer in program-history.

 

TU owned the third quarter, outscoring the Racers 27-3. The visitors went 0-for-nine from the field with all three of their points coming from the free throw line. The TU defense also forced nine turnovers during the quarter.

 

The Purple and Gold cruised to the victory in the fourth quarter, finishing with a 46-point advantage at 94-48.

 

The Taylor squad drained 17 threes, falling just two short of the program-record set in the season-opener against Asbury. Free throws also came smoothly for the Trojans, as they made 13-of-14 on the night.

 

Four different Trojans piled in double-digit points, including Bradbury, Becca Buchs, Lauren James and Kayla Kirtley. Freshman Kirtley logged a career-high with 12 points, shooting a perfect four-for-four from the floor on Tuesday.

 

Aubrey Wright was the floor general for the Trojans, leading the team with six assists. James and Lacey Garrett followed quickly with five assists apiece.

 

James and Bradbury each pulled down a team-high six rebounds, including three offensive rebounds between the two Trojans.

 

TU will be heading to Denver, Colorado for its next two games, as the team takes on the University of Denver in an exhibition match on Saturday and Metropolitan State College of Denver on Monday.