Second half rallies turn away Black and Gold

REDLANDS, CALIF. – Sophomore guard Nicole Weaver (Fort Wayne, Ind.) had a California excursion to write home about Monday and Tuesday, Dec. 18 and 19.

The leading scorer for the Spartans (2-8) continued her impressive second collegiate campaign in a pair of non-conference contests inside Currier Gym on the University of Redlands’ campus. She tossed in a game-high 12 points to go with five steals, also topping the Black and Gold, a blocked shot and a rebound in a 61-43 loss at the hands of the Bulldogs Tuesday and opened the set with 14 points, two steals, two assists and three boards, as San Diego Christian College claimed a 62-47 decision Monday.

Junior forward/center Beth Schaefer (Fort Wayne, Ind.) wasn’t far behind her against SDCC, compiling a near double-double of nine points and 10 rebounds to add to a blocked shot and two steals, while freshman guard Mikalia Taylor (Connersville, Ind.) registered a personal single-game collegiate high 15 against the Hawks while totaling two blocked shots and three rebounds. Against Redlands, Taylor turned in an eight-point, six-board outing, and sophomore guard Haley Farris (Sharpsville, Ind.) and freshman guard Carli Skinner(Anderson, Ind.) tallied seven points each. Farris also grabbed seven caroms to go with her points’ total.

MU, despite the two defeats, made it tough on both opponents. It took a 21-9 run by San Diego Christian College over the final eight minutes to decide the outcome, while Redlands broke away from a nip-and-tuck first half with a 20-19 second half roll to salt the away the decision.

Coach Josh Dzurick’s team returns to action Saturday, Dec. 30. They travel to Wisconsin for a non-league match-up against Beloit College of the Midwest Conference. Tip-off time is 3 p.m. at Flood Arena inside the Sports Center on BC’s campus.

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