January 19, 2013
LA MIRADA, Calif. – If there’s anything the Lady Mustangs are known for in their 2012-13 campaign, it is their consistent play. Take TMC senior point guard Theresa Brown (Eugene, OR) for example. In tonight’s match against conference opponent Biola, Brown notched her fourth double-double of the season by yanking down 11 rebounds and scoring 11 points.
A more obvious example of the Lady Mustangs’ consistent play can be seen in the spotless record they currently hold at 17-0, and 4-0 in the Golden State Athletic Conference.
The Lady Mustangs’ best start to a season in program history is also made up of two key ingredients: hard work and resilience. In addition to consistency, Saturday’s victory against conference rival Biola also displayed those two virtues.
TMC only trailed once, early on in the first half, after 24 seconds, before a jumper from Brown, and a shot by Jacquelyn Marshall (San Clemente, CA) gave them a permanent lead for the rest of the night.
The evening began with TMC rocketing off to a 35-9 effort in the first stanza. First-half scoring was shared by eight different Lady Mustangs, with Marshall leading all scorers with 11 points.
Zoe Scott (Spokane, WA), tacked on eight points, starting with a jumper at the 15:22 mark giving TMC a 10-5 advantage. Later on in the first half, Scott, who currently ranks 23rd in the NAIA Division I Women’s Basketball in three-pointers made per game, notched two treys and finished the opening 20 minutes by going 2-2 on three-pointers.
The Lady Mustangs shot 40% (13-32) during the opening 20 minutes, while their stout defense held the opposition to a meager 18% accuracy. Defensively, Brown paced TMC in the first half with seven rebounds.
Entering into the second half down by 26, the Lady Eagles slowly, but surely started to chip away at TMC’s lead. Biola opened up scoring with a 4-0 run before Brown drove in a layup to give the Mustangs a 22 point lead. But with eight minutes left on the clock, Biola’s offense surged with an 11-2 run led by Amy Freet, Aubree Mittell, and Chelsea Hill shortening the Lady Mustangs lead to nine, their smallest lead since early in the half.
With two minutes left in the game the two squads went back and forth in scoring, but it was the Lady Mustangs who managed to hold onto the lead for the squads’ 17th victory. A three-pointer from Biola’s Jamie Elias cut TMC’s lead to six, bringing the final score to 59-53.
Collectively, Marshall led the Mustangs with 15 points, with Brown adding 11 more. Lena Rivera, who leads the GSAC in steals (51 total), had two for the evening, and led the squad with six assists. Rivera finished the night by going 2-2 behind the line, with teammate Nichole Nitake (Torrance, CA) mirroring Rivera’s free-throw performance.
The No. 8 nationally ranked Lady Mustangs now prepare to host No. 11 nationally ranked Westmont, the only other undefeated conference team, Tuesday night at 5:30 in Bross Gym. TMC will need to continue their trademark consistency if they hope to keep sole possession of the lead in the Golden State Athletic Conference.
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In other GSAC action, No. 11 Westmont remained undefeated in the GSAC (13-3, 4-0 GSAC), taking down visiting Hope International (9-10, 1-3) by a score of 69-49. No.1 Vanguard pounded Arizona Christian 114-54, and San Diego Christian (10-10, 2-2 GSAC) notched their second conference victory over Concordia (4-12, 2-2 GSAC) with a 71-58 win.