November 9, 2012
Salt Lake City, UT - Junior transfer Jacqui Marshall tallied a game-high 26 points to lead The Master's College to a 62-49 upset of No. 15 Lewis-Clark State of Idaho on the second day of the Westminster Classic.
Just a day after shocking fifth-ranked and host Westminster, the Mustangs (2-0) made the nation take notice again with another victory over an NAIA Top 25 team and this time Marshall showed why she may be one of the country's top players.
Unlike the day before when she was saddled with foul trouble and scored only nine points in her Mustang debut, Marshall (San Clemente, CA) displayed her immense talent against the Warriors. It was her layup with 16:19 left in the first half that handed the Mustangs their first lead (6-4) of the game and her two free throws with 15 seconds left in the opening stanza gave the club its initial double-digit margin and a 33-23 advantage at halftime.
In between, the Mustangs trailed during the majority of the first half and senior guard Kimmy Iverson (San Marcos, CA) was a great complement to Marshall, equaling her teammates' 11 points over the opening 20 minutes. After the Warriors reeled off six straight points to take a 13-8 lead, Iverson buried the first of her three trifectas to shave the deficit to two at the 12:11 mark. Then, less than two minutes (10:18) later, her second trey snapped a 5-0 Warrior spurt and brought the Mustangs to within four points, 18-14. She capped off a brilliant four minutes of shooting with 7:57 remaining in the half when her final three-pointer made it a two-point (21-19) game.
In spite of all this, the Mustangs weren't able to overtake the Warriors until late in the half when a stingy defense fueled the offensive play of Marshall and her teammates. Down 23-20 with 6:08 left, the Mustangs held the Warriors scoreless until the break while ripping off 13 straight points. Marshall's layup keyed the decisive run and her two charity tosses capped it off before halftime. Senior Theresa Brown's (Eugene, OR) two free throws at the 3:12 mark put the Mustangs ahead for good, Iverson added another two free tosses, and Zoe Scott (Spirit Lake, ID) tacked on a layup as the Mustangs closed out the half in commanding fashion.
The Mustangs shot just 34% from the field in the first half but made three of their last four shots while the Warriors missed their final seven attempts and managed just 28% accuracy.
That 13-0 run to close the first half bridged halftime as the Mustangs scored the first four points of the final stanza to extend the lead to 37-23. The Warriors stopped the skein on a Tanis Fuller three-pointer with 19:10 left to play but the Mustangs refused to wilt. In fact, they thrived, outscoring the Warriors 14-4 in a 4:36 span to go up 51-30 with 14:18 showing on the clock. Marshall exerted herself during the burst, scoring seven straight points and nine overall.
The Mustangs didn't get comfortable with their cushion but the Warriors showed why they were rated as the No. 15 team in the country in the NAIA preseason poll. In the space of five and a half minutes, they sliced 11 points off the deficit, closing to 53-43 on a Loree Hill free throw with 8:19 left in the game. But, the Mustangs responded in resilient fashion when Scott and Whitney Best (Snohomish, WA) combined for five points to restore order at 58-43. The Warriors didn't get closer than 13 points the rest of the way.
Points were hard to come by in the game's final five minutes as the clubs combined for just eight and it was only fitting that Marshall would score her team's final bucket on a jumper with 2:39 left. Meanwhile, the Warriors converted just two of their final six shots as they dropped to 0-3.
Marshall's 26 points came on 11-17 shooting from the field and her six rebounds equaled Brown's total for team-highs. Iverson was the only other Mustang in double figures, finishing with the 11 points she scored in the first half. Although she struggled from the field, senior Lena Rivera (Allen, TX) contributed in other areas, posting game-highs of seven steals and five assists.
In less than 24 hours, the Mustangs will be back on the court again, this time looking for a three-game sweep of their Salt Lake City weekend when they play Montana Western on Saturday afternoon.