November 29, 2013
SANTA CLARITA, Calif. – The Master’s College women’s basketball team fell in overtime to NCAA D. III Merrimack College 76-74 on Friday at Bross Court.
With the loss, TMC’s overall record sits at 5-3.
Facing an early deficit, TMC fought back to even the score at 9-9 with 15 minutes left to play in the first half. From there, the Lady Mustangs maintained the slightest of leads heading into the break with a 39-38 advantage.
At the half, the Lady Mustangs produced a 40.6% shooting percentage. Jacquelyn Marshall (San Clemente, CA) led all scorers at the break with 17 points.
The second half opened with Merrimack’s Chloe Rothman driving in a layup, giving the Warriors a 40-39 lead. But the Lady Mustangs answered back with Zoe Scott and Marshall putting TMC up 44-42. From there, the second half witnessed 9 lead changes as the Lady Mustangs sparred with the Warriors down to the final second of the game when Nicole Nitake (Torrance, CA) scored off a hook shot at the buzzer, tying the game at 69-69, and forcing TMC’s first overtime appearance of the year.
Merrimack opened the extra frame with a 71-69 lead until two Megan Lindsley (Vancouver, WA) free throws tied the game at 71-71. Moments later, Marshall scored off a jumper, giving TMC a hopeful 73-71 lead. However, a Cassi Amenta basket tied the game again at 73-73. Two more successful Warrior free-throws put Merrimack up 75-73 until Scott brought the Lady Mustangs within one point of another tie off a free throw. But the Lady Mustangs were unable to leap Merrimack’s lead when Rothman tallied a final free throw, giving the Massachusetts-based college the victory at 76-74.
Despite the disappointing loss, Marshall led the Lady Mustangs by scoring a season-high 29 points, while yanking down 15 rebounds. Lindsey Levanan (Battle Ground, WA) and Scott followed by scoring 10 points each. Mille Rivera (Allen, TX) tallied 4 assists, while Nitake and Best each nabbed 3 steals.
Now, the Lady Mustangs will look to rebound against U.C. Merced on Friday, December 6, in Merced. Tipoff is set for 7:00 p.m.