Abby Buchs Nets 1,000th Career Point, No. 5 TU Routs No. 21 Huntington
UPLAND, Ind. – Abby Buchs and the fifth-ranked Trojans never trailed on Wednesday night, defeating the No. 21 Huntington Foresters by a 68-53 margin. Buchs scored 18 points in the contest to become the 26th Trojan in program history to reach 1,000 career points.
The senior guard came out strong on offense, posting 13 points in the first half. Buchs only missed one shot on the night, netting five field goals and four triples, while going a perfect four-for-four from the charity stripe. The Angola, Indiana native gave an all-around effort with a team-high four assists, two steals and one block.
Taylor (21-0, 9-0 CL) opened up a double-digit advantage in the first quarter with a 12-2 rally in a five and a half minute stretch. The Buchs twins combined for 10 points in the period, giving TU a 19-8 lead after 10 minutes of action.
The Trojans brought a suffocating defense in the first half, holding Huntington (15-6, 4-5 CL) to 20 points and 25.7 percent shooting from the floor and 10.0 percent shooting from beyond the arc.
On the other end of the floor, the Purple and Gold were extremely efficient throughout the game. As a team, TU nailed 47.8 percent of its three-point attempts and 83.3 percent of its foul shots, helping the squad rank first in the NAIA in both categories on the season.
Becca Buchs paced the team on Wednesday with 19 points, giving her the 15th-most in program history with 1,197 career points. With three treys, Buchs extended her streak to 48-consecutive games with a three-pointer. The senior also notched 12 boards for her sixth double-double of the season.
The Trojans maintained a double-digit edge for the entirety of the second half, leading to the 68-53 final score. The strong victory improved Taylor’s regular season and Crossroads League winning streaks to 38 and 28 games, respectively.
Haley Stratman was locked in, landing three long balls and finishing with 11 points. The double-digit performance was the fourth such effort for Stratman in her senior campaign.
No. 5 Taylor is set to take on Spring Arbor (7-13, 2-7 CL) in its next competition, as TU looks for its 24th-straight home win on Saturday at 1:00 pm in Odle Arena.