November 30, 2012
Merced, Calif. -- Making sure there would be no repeat of Monday's listless performance at La Sierra, The Master's College women's basketball team dominated from start to finish Friday evening in a 75-38 pounding of UC Merced.
The win over the Bobcats (1-5) kept the Mustangs undefeated, improving to 6-0 with the largest margin of victory in the first three weeks of the 2012-13 campaign.
On an evening when the club arrived in Merced just 10 minutes before tip-off due to an accident on Highway 99, the Mustangs made quick work of the Bobcats, spotting the hosts the first basket of the game and then running away from them in an overwhelming first half.
Fueling the Mustangs in the opening stanza was a stifling defense that held the Bobcats to a paltry 12% (3-25) mark from the field. Although the Mustangs didn't exactly shine from the field (34% on 11-34 shooting) over the first 20 minutes, they did light it up from long range, going 8-14 from behind the arc. Kimmy Iverson (San Marcos, CA) and Zoe Scott (Spirit Lake, ID) drained two trifectas apiece, sending the Mustangs to a 36-12 halftime lead.
They continued to enjoy similar success (4-9) from three-point land in the second half and improved to 48% accuracy over the final 20 minutes, winding up at 41% for the game. The Bobcats shot considerably better (35%) in the second half but the Mustangs still outscored them 39-26 and just missed out on doubling up the hosts in the final score.
Responding to his club's performance, Coach Dan Waldeck said, "I'm proud of how we came out tonight...we did a great job of focusing and defending with a 10-minute warmup. Our bench played great and we were able to see a lot of different looks tonight. A win on the road is always positive."
Evidence of that bench play came in the form of 55 of the squad's 75-points. Leading the outstanding reserve play was freshman guard Nicole Nitake (Torrance, CA) who tied for game-high scoring honors with 10 points. Iverson and Kelly Burns (Yorba Linda, CA) tallied nine points apiece off the bench and Millie Rivera (Allen, TX) added eight more. Starting point guard Whitney Best (Snohomish, WA) chipped in with eight points and handed out a game-high four assists.
The Mustangs complete their quick, two-game trip to Northern California tomorrow evening when they travel to Rocklin to take on William Jessup.