Tabor College students send basketball teams to nationals

March 10, 2014

Categories: General News

Faculty, staff and students gathered outside the Tabor College gymnasium Monday morning for a send-off of the men’s and women’s basketball teams. Both teams are heading to the NAIA Division II National Basketball Tournament this week and will play on Thursday afternoon.

The Tabor College women’s basketball team will be playing Northwestern College from Orange City, Iowa in the first round in Sioux City, Iowa Thursday March 13 at 1:45 p.m.

Getting the chance to see his team play in the national tournament is pretty special for Women’s Head Coach Shawn Reed.

“It means everything,” said Reed. “This is what you practice for and you play for is to be able to go to the national tournament, represent your school and your conference. It’s really exciting for us, we’re thrilled.

“It’s a culmination of a lot of hard work on behalf of our players so it means a lot and our fans mean a lot too,” added Reed.

Tabor College received the number 8 seed in the bracket and the Lady Jays bring a 21-10 overall record to the NAIA Championship Tournament. On Monday night, March 3, the Lady Jays won the KCAC Championship at Hartman Arena with a commanding 85-51 victory over Southwestern College, who was ranked #8 in the nation at the time.

The number 1 seeded Red Raiders come into the tournament with an overall record of 27-4. Northwestern won its fourth GPAC Conference Championship with an 83-71 victory over Morningside.

The Tabor College men’s basketball team will play Indiana University (IU) Southeast from New Albany, Ind. on Thursday March 13 in Point Lookout, Mo. at 5:45 p.m.

It’s a dream come true for Men’s Head Coach Micah Ratzlaff.

“It’s something I’ve been waiting on for seven years,” said Ratzlaff. “I wish it would’ve happened earlier, but now it doesn’t even matter because it’s here. I’m really happy that my guys get to experience what I’ve been talking about, what Coach (Anthony) Monson’s been talking about because we’ve both been there as players, so to experience this as a coach is unbelievable.”

The Bluejays are coming off a 97-90 overtime victory over Sterling College in the KCAC Championship game Monday night, March 3 at Hartman Arena in Park City, Kan. Tabor has a 20-12 overall record going into the national tournament.

IU Southeast lost to Cincinnati Christian in the KIAC Championship game 83-71. The Grenadiers come into the tournament with a 25-4 overall-record.