November 26, 2012
Riverside, Calif. -- The Master's College women's basketball team notched its fifth victory of the season Monday evening in a 79-76 thriller over La Sierra. The win gave TMC a 5-0 start to the season, while La Sierra dropped to 1-7.
Jacquelyn Marshall (San Clemente, CA) led the way for TMC, scoring a team-high 20 points while notching her second consecutive double-double with 11 rebounds. Theresa Brown (Eugene, OR) added 15 points and Zoe Scott (Spokane, WA) tacked on nine more. Kelly Burns (Yorba Linda, CA) chipped in with eight points and Whitney Best dished out a team-best six assists.
The Mustangs opened up the night with a nine-point lead over the Golden Eagles which turned out to be their largest margin of the evening. TMC shot nearly 44% in the first half, sending Coach Dan Waldeck’s team to the locker room tied at 37 with the hosts.
The game was tied on seven different occasions and featured 24 lead changes over the course of the night. The upset-minded Golden Eagles led by as many as eight points (17:40 mark of the second half) before the Mustangs rallied. They did so by outscoring the hosts 42-37 over the final 20 minutes. The Mustangs finished the evening converting 43% of their shots from the field.
Following the game, Waldeck said, "We didn't play near our potential tonight on either end of the floor. The layoff (10 days), combined with limited practice time and a La Sierra team that played inspired basketball, made for a rough night. But, we are thankful to get the win and move on."
Looking ahead, the coach added, "We will use this week to get back to work and restore our commitment to defending and rebounding. I'm proud of our resolve and belief in each other, especially in a game that had everything going against us."
Coach Waldeck and the undefeated Lady Mustangs stay on the road this coming weekend, playing at UC Merced on Friday and William Jessup in Redding on Saturday.