January 15, 2013
SANTA CLARITA, Calif. – After three consecutive lopsided victories, the No. 8 nationally ranked Master’s College Lady Mustangs faced what turned out to be their most formidable opponent to date. Entering into Tuesday’s 4:00 PM matinee was a Concordia Eagle Women’s basketball team whose exuberant second half effort seemed inconsistent with their overall record of 4-11 (2-1 GSAC).
By the end of the evening, the Lady Mustangs emerged victorious with a final score of 78-67, and a spotless record of 16-0. Tuesday’s victory kept The Master’s College undefeated in conference play, and tied for first place in the conference with No. 12 nationally ranked Westmont (12-3, 3-0 GSAC).
The evening began with the Lady Mustangs taking an early 4-0 lead off two Theresa Brown (Eugene, OR) jumpers. The Lady Mustangs later found themselves tied at 10-10 at the 16:56 mark. After trading the lead two more times with the Eagles, Lena Rivera (Allen TX) drove in a layup putting things at 21-19 with 9:58 left on the clock.
Two Theresa Brown free throws preceded a pair of Jacquelyn Marshall (San Clemente, CA) layups giving the Lady Mustangs a 26-19 advantage. In the final eight minutes of the first half, Marshall claimed eight points, followed by Kelly Burns (Yorba Linda, CA) with four more. Zoe Scott (Spokane, WA), Kimberly Iverson (San Marcos, CA), and Whitney Best (Snohomish, WA) chipped in two points each, bringing the score to a commanding 42-26.
At the end of the first half, the Lady Mustangs shot a spectacular 58% (19-33) from the field, while going 100% (4-4) behind the line. Marshall paced the Lady Mustangs with 10 points, while Brown led TMC’s defensive efforts with four rebounds.
Marshall and Brown opened up the second half with four unanswered points. Scott followed with a trey and three free-throws, bringing the score to 52-33. That 19 point cushion soon slipped away from the Lady Mustangs, as Concordia’s offense sparked an impressive comeback which eventually brought the Eagles within five points in the final eight minutes of play.
However, eight points by Best (six of which came behind the line), four points from Brown, three from Rivera, and a successful free throw from Scott concluded the evening 78-67, and successfully diverted the Lady Mustangs from facing their first loss of the season.
Marshall finished the evening with a team-high 14 points, going 5-9 from the field. Rivera chipped in 13 points, while Brown claimed 12 points and 14 rebounds, earning her third double-double of the season. Scott and Best followed the three other double-digit scorers with 12 points apiece.
The Lady Mustangs now look to extend their greatest season in program history as the squad travels to La Mirada to face Biola (9-9,0-3 GSAC) on Saturday, January 19th, in a 5:30 PM tip-off.