MVC Women's Basketball Falls to Tabor on the Road Friday

Posted January 3, 2014

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Andy Pulverenti, sports information director, (660) 831-4230,




Marshall, Mo. (January 3, 2014)- The Missouri Valley College women’s basketball team traveled to Hillsboro, Kan., Friday evening for a non-conference matchup with Tabor College in the Post Holiday Classic. The Vikings played close to Tabor all game, but fell late 68-64.


The Vikings got out to an early lead against Tabor as MVC held as much as a four point lead in the game’s first few minutes. The Vikings eventually led by a 6-2 score thanks to two Junior Guard TaLaya Earls (Indianapolis, Ind.) free throws with just over 18-minutes remaining in the first half. Tabor fought back, and went on an 11-2 run over the next four minutes to grab its first lead of the game, and eventually put MVC into a 13-8 hole. The two teams traded baskets through the middle portion of the first, and MVC was able to retake the lead with just over eight minutes left in the half when Sophomore Guard Julia Vasquez (Earth, Texas) scored her only two points of the game to put MVC up 22-20. The Vikings eventually extended its lead back out to four points when Senior Forward Gabi Morales hit a three-point field goal to put MVC up 29-25 with just under six minutes remaining in the first half. Tabor was able to get back on top at the end of the half, but a three-point field goal by Senior Guard Regine Mecenario (Delano, Calif.) just before the buzzer put MVC down by a 39-38 score at halftime.


Coming out of the halftime break, the Vikings quickly retook the lead, as Morales sank a field goal on MVC’s first possession to go up 40-39. The Vikings eventually extended its lead to the largest of the game, a 46-41 advantage with just over 16-minutes remaining in the game when Sophomore Guard Rayna Smith (St. Louis, Mo.) scored two of her eight points. MVC maintained a lead over the next seven minutes, but Tabor was able to grab a 54-53 lead at the 11-minute mark. An 11-0 run by Tabor not only put MVC behind, but gave Tabor a 61-53 lead with just under seven minutes to play. The Vikings got back to within one point after going on a quick 7-0, capped by Junior Guard DeVaughna Jenkins (Fresno, Calif.) hitting two of her four points to make it a 61-60 Tabor lead with 4:30 left to play in the game. However, that’s as close as the Vikings would get. Tabor finished the game by scoring seven of the final eleven points, and held off the Vikings 68-64.


Leading the way for MVC was Morales who finished with her fifth double-double of the season, and her second-straight. Morales broke the 20-point barrier for the seventh time this season finishing with 23 points and 12 rebounds. Also in double-figures was Mecenario who finished with 13 points off the bench. The Vikings limited Tabor to just 25-percent shooting from beyond the three-point arc, and forced 14 Tabor turnovers. MVC also dominated in rebounding by a 42-32 margin over Tabor, which included 16 offensive rebounds.


The loss drops MVC to 8-6 on the season while Tabor improves to 7-6.


The Vikings will play one more game in Hillsboro, Kan., Saturday against Sterling College at 2:00 p.m. The Vikings recently defeated Sterling by an 87-75 score back on Dec. 17 at the Burns Athletic Complex.



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