February 5, 2013
IRVINE, Calif. – The No. 10 nationally ranked Lady Mustangs’ winning ways continued Tuesday night in a lopsided 91-63 victory over conference opponent Concordia (5-17, 3-6 GSAC). The win gives the Lady Mustangs a 21-2 overall record, a 7-2 conference record, and a shared second place seat in the GSAC alongside Vanguard (16-2, 7-2).
And while the Lady Mustangs enjoyed a 28 point cushion when all was said and done, the opening 10 minutes of the first half ebbed and flowed in favor of the Eagles.
Theresa Brown (Eugene, OR) opened up scoring 30 seconds into play with a layup, but was outmatched as Concordia posted six unanswered points bringing the score to 6-2. Whitney Best (Snohomish, WA), Kelly Burns (Yorba Linda, Calif.), and Jacquelyn Marshall (San Clemente, CA) fought back and gave the Mustangs a 10-9 advantage with 15 minutes left to play. Concordia answered back with four unanswered points, but was brought to a screeching halt as Lena Rivera (Allen, TX) drained two free throws and a jumper, giving the Lady Mustangs a 14-13 lead with 10 minutes left on the clock.
The Eagles were then forced to play catch-up for the rest of the evening as the Lady Mustangs took that one-point lead, and never looked back. TMC ended the first half with a score of 41-29.
At intermission, Rivera led all scorers with 10 points. Burns followed with eight more, and anchored the Lady Mustangs’ defense with five rebounds. The squad posted 45% (17-37) on total field goals, while holding the Eagles to 28% (10-35) accuracy.
After the break, the Lady Mustangs’ lead quickly snowballed out of control as they controlled the court for the entirety of the second half. With 48 seconds left to play, the Lady Mustangs had their largest lead of the night with 32 points. Marshall led the Lady Mustangs in the second half with 12 points and eight rebounds, followed by Brown who chipped in 10 and yanked down six rebounds. The squad’s excellent shooting was highlighted by a sparkling 54% accuracy (19-35).
At the end of the night, Kelly Burns led all scorers with 15 points. Marshall (14), Rivera (13), and Brown (12) joined Burns in scoring double digits. Brown also yanked down a team-high nine rebounds. Collectively, the Lady Mustangs ended the night with a 50% accuracy, and held the Eagles to a meager 33%.
The Lady Mustangs will now take an unusual late-season conference break, as they are slated to play New Hope Christian (OR) Thursday night at 7:00 PM in Bross Gym.
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In other GSAC action, Hope International took down Arizona Christian 91-58, San Diego Christian topped Biola 66-57, and No. 8 Westmont highlighted the evening by upsetting No. 3 Vanguard 70-58.