February 7, 2013
SANTA CLARITA, Calif. – The Lady Mustangs took an unusual late-season break from conference play and faced New Hope Christian (OR) (11-15) Thursday night in Bross Gym. TMC took the Deacons in an 83-49 victory and elevated their overall record to 22-2.
While the Lady Mustangs spaced themselves by 34 points at the end of regulation play, the evening began in favor of the Deacons. Besides a quick 5-2 lead in the opening three minutes of the first half, the Lady Mustangs struggled to pull ahead as they faced four ties and trailed the Deacons by as many as six points over the next twelve minutes.
This all changed when Jacquelyn Marshall (San Clemente, CA) sank a three-pointer with four minutes left in the first half, putting the Mustangs up 27-25. From there, the Lady Mustangs went on a 9-4 run fueled by a Zoe Scott (Spokane, WA) three-pointer, two free throws and a jumper by Lena Rivera (Allen, TX), and a jumper by Shannon Kingery (West Hills, CA), giving the Lady Mustangs a 36-29 advantage going into the half.
At the break, Marshall led the Lady Mustangs with eight points and six rebounds. Despite TMC’s lead, the Deacons finished the half with a better field goal accuracy of 45% (14-31), eclipsing the Lady Mustangs 38% (14-37).
Whitney Best (Snohomish, WA) opened up the second half with a three-pointer, giving the Lady Mustangs a 10-point lead. From there, TMC controlled the entirety of the final stanza, posting a final score of 83-49. With 44 seconds left in the game, Kimmy Iverson (San Marcos, CA) sank a three-pointer giving the Lady Mustangs their largest lead of the night of 34 points. Marshall led the Mustangs in the second half with 11 points, followed by Nichole Nitake (Torrance, CA) and Iverson who each posted nine points. Notably, Nitake finished the night by going 4-6 on three-pointers. Kelly Burns (Yorba Linda, CA), Scott, Rivera, and Iverson all yanked down three rebounds apiece.
At the end of the night, four Lady Mustangs posted scores in double digits: Marshall (19), and Scott, Rivera, and Burns each chipping in 12 more. Marshall also paced the Mustangs with nine rebounds. Best and Rivera each dished out four assists while Burns made four steals. The Lady Mustangs produced 42% (32-75) accuracy at the end of night.
The Lady Mustangs now focus on their final five games, all of which are against Golden State Athletic Conference teams. Next up for TMC is Biola (11-13 overall and 2-7 in conference play) which will visit Bross Gym on Saturday night.
“Biola’s a great team,” assessed Mustang head coach Dan Waldeck. “We’re going to have to play a lot better than we did tonight to be able to stay in the game with them.”
Tip-off is slated for 5:30 PM.