December 7, 2016
SANTA CLARITA, Calif. – The Master’s University women’s basketball team narrowly fell to Westmont College as the fourth-ranked Warriors edged No. 14 TMU 50-47 on Bross Court.
The loss moved TMU’s record 6-2 and 0-1 in Golden State Athletic Conference play, while Westmont improved to 7-1 (1-0 GSAC).
“That's a tough loss to a tough team,” commented TMU head coach Dan Waldeck. “I'm proud of how we grew up tonight. A lot of young players had to play key roles, and that is going to pay off in the long run. We will get tons better over the upcoming weeks and months, and I'm looking forward to seeing who we are in March!”
Wednesday’s game started as defensive battle as both teams remained scoreless in the first two-and-a-half minutes. At the 7:26 mark in the first quarter, TMU’s Bianca Cubello put the Lady Mustangs on the board first after nailing a long-range jumper.
Cubello jumpstarted the Lady Mustangs’ offense as TMU went on to lead the Warriors throughout the entirety of the first two quarters. At halftime, TMU led the Warriors 27-21 backed by Cubello’s 10 points and three rebounds.
The third quarter opened with the Lady Mustangs maintaining a healthy lead for the first five minutes until Westmonts’ Kayla Sato posted a three-pointer, putting the Warriors up 34-31. TMU trailed Westmont for the rest of the quarter until Booke Bailey drained a buzzer-beating three-pointer, tying the game at 38-38 heading into the final stanza.
TMU regained its lead early in the fourth quarter, but then trailed the Warriors in a tightly-contested defensive battled that lasted through the final five minutes. After Westmont’s Lauren McCoy sunk a three-pointer with three seconds left to play, TMU’s Ashley Bartow tried to send the GSAC opener into overtime with a trifecta of her own. Unfortunately, Bartow’s attempted three-pointer just barely missed the basket, ending the game at 50-47.
Cubello led TMU with 15 points, six rebounds, three assists, and two blocks, while Bartow followed with 13 points and five rebounds. Collectively, TMU grabbed 38 rebounds and went 18-51 from the field (35%), 3-9 (33%) from behind the arc, and 8-14 (57%) from the charity stripe.
Now, the Lady Mustangs look to bag their first conference victory on Saturday when they travel to Phoenix for a game against Arizona Christian (5-4). Tipoff is set for 1:00 p.m. (PT).