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The Journal Gazette

Friday, February 22, 2019 9:40 pm

Taylor 63, Saint Francis 58

Saint Francis women lose in Crosssroads tourney


The Saint Francis women's basketball team saw its run in the Crossroads League Tournament end Friday when the Cougars fell to No. 8 Taylor 63-58 in the semifinals in Upland. The loss snapped a four-game winning streak for Saint Francis.

The Trojans moved on to Monday's championship game behind a game-high 26 points on 8-for-16 shooting from forward Kendall Bradbury, the second-leading scorer in NAIA Division II. She also pulled down a game-best 11 rebounds. 

Bradbury put Taylor ahead 53-39 with a driving layup off a turnover with 8:52 remaining, but the Cougars (20-12) battled back down the stretch. Point guard and Homestead graduate Savannah Buck hit a pair of 3-pointers in a three-minute span, part of her 12 points, and Sidney Crowe added another 3 with 1:33 left to make it 59-56.

Saint Francis still trailed by three with less than 20 seconds left, but their chance to tie the game went by the boards when Whitney Will turned the ball over. Bradbury then hit two free throws to ice it.

Crowe led the Cougars with 13 points and added six rebounds, while Buck added five rebounds and four assists. Kara Gerka had 11 points and Lauren McBryar chipped in 10. Angola graduate Becca Buchs had 10 points and four rebounds for Taylor.

Saint Francis will now have to wait and see whether it gets an at-large bid to the NAIA Division II national tournament.