NAIA Tournament Notes: Women's Basketball
March 12, 2013
SANTA CLARITA, Calif. -- TMC concluded its regular-season schedule with a third-place finish in the Golden State Athletic Conference and a No. 10 ranking in the NAIA. A 25-5 regular season record punched the Lady Mustangs' ticket to the 33rd annual NAIA Division I Women's Basketball National Tournament (March 13-19) in Frankfort, Kentucky. Below are some notes that highlight the Lady Mustang's 2012-13 campaign.
- The Mustangs are making their first national tournament appearance since 2008 and their eighth overall.
- Entering the national tournament with a 25-5 record, the Mustangs posted their first 20-win season since 2007-08 (21-12).
- The squad won its first 17 games of the campaign, a school record, and rose to as high as No. 8 in the NAIA Top 25.
- The Mustangs were seventh in the country in three-pointers made per game (7.4), ninth in free throw percentage (72.6), 10th in steals (12.2spg), 11th in scoring (74ppg), three-point field goal percentage (34.9) and assists (16.4apg), and 18th in scoring defense (56.9ppg).
- In their previous seven trips to the national tournament, the Lady Mustangs lost first-round contests to Oklahoma Baptist in 1999 and Dillard (LA) in 2001.
- In 2003 they beat Pikeville (KY), but then lost to the University of Science & Arts (OK).
- In 2005 they defeated Oklahoma Baptist before falling to Georgetown (KY).
- In 2006 they advanced to the final four for the first time in school history before falling to eventual national champion Union (TN).
- In 2007 they lost to Union (TN) in the first round.
- In 2008 they lost to Union in the round of 16.
- View the Mustang's overall stats here.
Individual Player Notes:
#14 Lena Rivera (Allen, TX):
- The senior guard capped a stellar four-year career with her second consecutive All-GSAC selection.
- Started all 30 of the team’s games, and led the Mustangs in free throws made (86) and steals (a GSAC-best 79).
- Finished second on the squad in scoring (10.3ppg), assists (100), and blocks (17).
- Tallied in double figures 19 times and scored a season-high 19 points in an upset of No. 7 Vanguard on 2/19/13.
- Pulled down eight rebounds on three occasions and had seven steals in two outings.
- View Rivera's stats here.
#23 Jacquelyn Marshall (San Clemente, CA):
- Made a seamless transition to the Mustang frontcourt, posting team-highs of 13.2ppg and 7.7rpg en route to earning All-GSAC honors.
- Paced the Mustangs in field goal percentage (48.5%) and blocked shots (56).
- Notched seven double-doubles, scoring in double figures a team-best 23 times and pulling down 10 or more rebounds eight times.
- Tallied a season-high 26 points vs. Lewis-Clark St. (ID) on 11/9/12 and hauled down a season-best 15 rebounds against Simpson on 1/5/13.
- Finished second in the GSAC in blocked shots, fifth in field goal percentage, sixth in rebounding, and eighth in scoring.
- View Marshall's stats here.
#44 Theresa Brown (Eugene, OR):
- Averaged 8.6ppg and 6.1rpg.
- View Brown's stats here.
#24 Kimmy Iverson (San Marcos, CA):
- Supplied instant offense off the bench, burying a team-best 70 three-pointers.
- View Iverson's stats here.
#20 Zoe Scott (Spokane, WA):
- Second best on the team with 67 three-pointers and averaged 9.1ppg.
- View Scott's stats here.
#1 Whitney Best (Snohomish, WA):
- Ran the offense from the point, dishing out a team-best 114 assists while scoring at a 7.7ppg clip.
- View Best's stats here.
Coaching Staff Notes:
Dan Waldeck (Head Coach):
- In his fifth season at the helm, head coach Dan Waldeck brings his first squad of Lady Mustangs to the national tournament after being an assistant on the team’s seven previous trips.
- Waldeck's current record is 86-64.
First Round Preview: TMC vs. Carroll College
TMC (25-5) enters the tournament with a No. 3 seed (fourth quadrant) and will square off against sixth-seeded Carroll College of Montana on March 13 at 1:45 PM (EST).
Carroll College (20-9), the nation’s 24th-ranked team, finished second in the Frontier Conference with a 13-2 record. This will be the sixth time in program history that the Saints will play in the national tournament, mirroring the Lady Mustangs' last national tournament appearance in 2008.
The last time the Lady Mustangs faced the Saints was on November 30, 1996. TMC fell to Carroll 78-50 on the road in Helena, Montanta.
Should the Lady Mustangs advance to the second round of the tournament, they will play either Lee University of Tennessee (30-2) or LSU Shreveport (25-5) in a 9:00 AM (EST) tipoff on Friday, March 15.
The first 30 games will be video-streamed live by NeuLion. The National Championship title game will be televised live nationally on CBS Sports Network.