February 16, 2013
EL CAJON, Calif. – After two back-to-back conference losses, the No. 11 nationally ranked Lady Mustangs regained their confidence in a 74-65 victory over San Diego Christian (15-13, 7-5 GSAC), Saturday night in El Cajon.
The win lifts the Lady Mustangs overall record to 23-4, and 8-4 in the Golden State Athletic Conference. Saturday also presented a must-win situation for the Lady Mustangs, as they entered the evening tied for third place with San Diego Christian in conference play. Should the Lady Mustangs win their next two games, the squad will retain said third place conference ranking, only to trail Vanguard, and Westmont.
From the get-go, the Lady Mustangs led the evening in scoring, and never once allowed a tie or a lead change over both halves. Zoe Scott (Spokane, WA) opened up scoring with a three-pointer, igniting an impressive 14-5 run over the Lady Hawks. Lena Rivera (Allen, TX), Jacquelyn Marshall (San Clemente, CA), and Theresa Brown (Eugene, OR) all contributed to the early skein. The Lady Hawks answered back with a 9-6 run, chopping the Lady Mustangs lead to six (20-14) with 7:34 left to play.
Not being fazed by the Lady Hawks’ scoring run, the Lady Mustangs proved their resilience by manufacturing a 14-4 run, giving them a 34-18 lead with 3:57 left to play in the half. The 16 point lead was also the largest lead of the evening for the Lady Mustangs.
Lena Rivera carried TMC into the half with a jumper and two charity shots, giving the Lady Mustangs a 38-28 advantage.
At intermission, the Lady Mustangs enjoyed a sparkling 60 percent (14-23) from the field, and went 5-11 on three pointers.
And while the Lady Mustangs maintained a healthy lead throughout the second half, the opening five minutes following the break ebbed and flowed, thinning TMC’s lead to 47-41 at the 15:07 mark. A Kimmy Iverson (San Marcos, CA) three-pointer clipped the resurgent Lady Hawks’ wings, and fueled a 10-6 run for the Lady Mustangs bringing the score to 59-47 with 10 minutes left to play.
After three silent minutes, Brown extended the Lady Mustangs' lead to 61-51 off two free throws. From there, the Lady Mustangs and the Lady Hawks’ scoring efforts volleyed back and forth as SDCC posted a 14-13 run, bringing the final score to 74-65.
At the end of the night, the Lady Mustangs drained 24 of their 47 shots (51 percent). Rivera led TMC with 14 points, followed by Marshall, and Brown who each chipped in 13 points. Marshall also grabbed 10 rebounds over the course of the night, earning her second consecutive double-double.
The Lady Mustangs now head back to Bross Gymnasium one more time before their 2012-13 regular season campaign comes to a close, for a crucial GSAC match-up against No. 7 nationally ranked Vanguard, Tuesday night at 5:30 PM. The last time the two squads squared off, The Pride topped the Lady Mustangs 69-64.
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In other GSAC action, Hope International fell to Vanguard 77-54, Westmont topped Arizona Christian 91-51, while Concordia defeated Biola 59-54.