February 9, 2013
SANTA CLARITA, Calif. – In front of an atypical crowed on Saturday night in Bross Gymnasium, the No. 10 nationally ranked Lady Mustangs lost a heart breaking character-builder against GSAC rival Biola (12-13, 3-7 GSAC), to the tune of 66-56 in overtime.
“The loss is disappointing, but not discouraging,” commented Lady Mustang head coach Dan Waldeck. “Biola played great, and we missed 35 shots inside of five feet, yet we still had a chance to win. Any time you shoot a 26% from the floor and are still in the game, that’s’ a great commendation to our character. We’ll play a lot better because of this loss.”
The loss puts the Lady Mustangs overall record to 22-3, and 7-3 in conference play. The silver lining is that TMC still holds a solid third-place seat in the Golden State Athletic Conference.
Besides their short-lived 5-2 lead in the opening three minutes of play, the Lady Mustangs trailed the Eagles for both halves, until Zoe Scott (Spokane WA) drained a three-pointer in the final three minutes of play putting TMC up 50-49, sending the crowed into a frenzy.
The Eagles pulled ahead as Aidjat Adams sank a free throw, but was cut short as Scott followed two seconds later with a free throw, tying the game at 51-51. Biola extended their lead again by a jumper from Chelsea Hill, earning them a 53-51 advantage. But Scott kept the Lady Mustangs’ hopes alive by sinking two back-to-back free throws in the final four seconds, forcing TMC’s first overtime of the 2012-13 campaign.
However, the extra frame looked grim from the opening tip as Biola got a quick jumper by Amy Freet, followed by another jumper from Hill giving the Eagles a four point lead. Whitney Best (Snohomish, WA) and Jacquelyn Marshall (San Clemente, CA) sank two free throws cutting the deficit to two. But, the Eagles rattled off a 9-1 run putting the game on ice at 66-56.
At the end of the night, Marshall led the Mustangs in scoring with 11 points. Marshall and Lena Rivera (Allen, TX) both yanked six rebounds, while Scott chipped in four assists.
Things don’t get any easier for the Lady Mustangs as two out of their next three games are against Top-10 nationally ranked teams. TMC now looks to rebound off their loss by traveling to No. 8 Westmont on Tuesday night for a 5:30 PM tip-off. The last time the two squads faced each other, Westmont beat the Lady Mustangs 68-57, delivering TMC their first loss of the season.
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In other GSAC action, Hope International fell to No. 8 Westmont 73-64. Vanguard demolished Arizona Christian 101-50, while San Diego Christian defeated Concordia 70-37