A Silver Lining

February 25, 2014

Box Score

COSTA MESA, Calif. – Competing on the road is always a challenge.  Doing so against the nation’s top-ranked squad makes things even harder.

Such was the case Tuesday night when The Master’s College women’s basketball team traveled to Costa Mesa for a showdown against the first-place Vanguard Lions.

Unfortunately, things didn’t go the way head coach Dan Waldeck had hoped for as the Lions roared over the Lady Mustangs with an 82-65 victory (24-0, 13-0 GSAC).

“We need to find ways to overcome the adversity that we've ran into the last several weeks,” commented Waldeck. “We are being too passive at a variety of shots on the court which is causing too many gaps in our scoring. We have a couple days to get back to the drawing board and correct our inefficiencies.  At some point I'm confident that things will shift in our favor if we keep working. It's not easy playing Vanguard at their place, especially when you only have five available players at the end of a game.  We will be better next time out.”

The loss brings the seventh-ranked Lady Mustangs’ 2013-14 record to 21-7 and 9-4 in GSAC play.  Currently, the Lady Mustangs are in a two-way split with Westmont, the NAIA’s defending national champions for women’s basketball, for second place in the conference standings.

Despite the loss, there were a handful of brilliant moments executed by the Lady Mustangs in the NAIA Top-10 dual.

Take freshman standout Megan Lindsley (Vancouver, WA) as an example.  Lindsley matched Vanguard’s Nicole Ballestero – the current GSAC Women’s Basketball Player of the Week – in scoring by draining a team-high 19 points.

In the opening five minutes of the game, Lindsley sunk a pair of three-pointers which aided to a 13-11 Lady Mustang lead with 15:37 left to play.  However, minutes later, the Lions ran off with lead and never let up, cruising to the 82-65 win.

Seasoned veteran Jacquelyn Marshall (San Clemente, CA) drained 11 points, but just barely missed her standard double-double by only pulling down 9 rebounds.  However, Kelly Burns (Yorba Linda, CA) pulled down a game-high 10 rebounds.

On the topic of rebounds, Marshall is just 37 boards away from breaking the single-season record of 319 set back in 1986-87.

A final act of brilliance from the Lady Mustangs came from their free throw efforts by going 13-16 (81%) behind the charity stripe. Shannon Kingery (West Hills, CA), Bianca Cubello (Riverside, CA), and Lindsley all went 2-2 on their free throw attempts, while Oliva Thompson (Huntington Beach, CA) went 2-3.  Marshall went 5-6 behind the line.

Now, keeping true to Waldeck’s words, the Lady Mustangs will return to the drawing board and prepare for Saturday night’s regular-season finale against No. 17 Hope International.  Tipoff is set for 5:30 p.m. at Bross Court.

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In other GSAC action, No. 17 Hope International barely got past San Diego Christian with an 81-78 victory. No. 11 Westmont beat Concordia 80-55. Finally, Biola beat Arizona Christian 65-55.