Lady Mustangs Fly Past Hawks
January 17, 2015
SANTA CLARITA, Calif. – Bianca Cubello (Riverside, CA) led The Master’s College women’s basketball team with 16 points and nine rebounds as the Lady Mustangs took down the San Diego Christian Hawks 72-51 Saturday night at Bross Court.
Saturday’s victory brings the 16th-ranked Lady Mustangs’ 2014-15 record to 14-4 and 5-1 in GSAC play. Currently, TMC sits 1.5 games behind GSAC-leading Concordia University in the conference standings.
“Our defense is getting better every game and that’s where we’re trying to hang our hat,” commented Lady Mustang head coach Dan Waldeck. “For several years we’ve relied so much on our offense, that it has hurt us late in the year; so now we’re emphasizing our defense. We had a few moments of lapses tonight, but on the whole, I am very pleased with our team’s performance.”
Cubello kicked things off for the Lady Mustangs by draining a two-pointer 30 seconds into play. As the night went on, that lead only increased as TMC never let the Hawks tie the game or pull ahead. At the 5:16 mark, the Lady Mustangs planted a 12-point lead, their largest of the first half, when Megan Lindsley (Vancouver, WA) drove in a layup, bringing the score to 30-18. In the closing minutes of the first stanza, each club drained eight points, leading to a 38-26 halftime score in favor of TMC.
At the break, the Lady Mustangs enjoyed shooting 52% (15-29) from the field, 42% on three-pointers (5-12), and 60% (3-5) on free throw attempts.
The Lady Mustangs picked up where they left off after the half as Nicole Nitake (Torrance, CA) drained a three-pointer at the 19:32 mark, giving TMC a 15-point lead at 41-26. As the night went on, TMC continued to put on a scoring clinic as the Lady Mustangs cruised to an evening-high lead of 23 points after Lindsley posted another layup bringing the score to 72-49 with 2:22 left to play. Two minutes later, TMC closed the night with a 72-51 victory.
As a team, TMC finished the night by going 25-59 (42%) from the field, 8-23 (35%) on three-pointers, and 14-19 (74%) from the free throw line. The squad also yanked down 43 rebounds and notched 19 assists.
Individually, Lindsley followed Cubello in scoring by draining 15 points. Both Arianna Hanson (Santa Rosa, CA) and Shannon Kingery (West Hills, CA) grabbed eight rebounds, while Nitake led the squad in assist with five.
“Both Arianna and Shannon had a fantastic defensive game,” further assessed Waldeck. “I’m glad we are sharing the ball to other players. We had 19 assists, so that speaks well of our team’s overall efforts.”
After enjoying a pair of home games, the Lady Mustangs now hit the road for two games down the I-5 south as TMC takes on Hope International University on Tuesday at 5:30 p.m. in Fullerton, followed by a contest at the same time against Biola University on Saturday in La Mirada.
“We have a couple of tough games ahead of us,” said Waldeck. “Hope and Biola are very good. They’re well coached and play their style well. It’ll be tough having to go to their places and play them.”
Both games will be streamed live and can be found here.