Nitake Leads Lady Mustangs Past Bulldogs
November 8, 2014
SALT LAKE CITY, Utah – Nicole Nitake scored 19 points and went 6-10 behind the arc and from the field in The Master’s College women’s basketball team’s 72-60 victory over Montana Western Saturday morning in Salt Lake City, Utah.
With the win, the 14th-ranked Lady Mustangs evened their 2014-15 record to 1-1.
Nitake posted her first three-pointer of the day at the 18:50 mark in the first half, giving TMC an initial 3-0 lead. After draining her second trey, the Bulldogs tied the game at 6-6 after scoring two consecutive three-pointers.
TMC’s Bianca Cubello, Olivia Thompson, and Nitake manufactured an 11-4 run, giving the Lady Mustangs an early 17-10 lead. However, the Bulldogs went on a 7-0 run, tying the game again at 17-17.
A Thompson three-pointer and layup gave the Lady Mustangs a short-lived advantage as Montana Western was quick to tie things again by bringing the score to 22-all.
After swapping leads and tying the score for a fifth (and final) time, Shannon Kingery drained a three-pointer and gave the Lady Mustangs a 29-26 lead with 2:50 left in the first half. Kingery’s trey also sparked an 8-0 run as she posted a jumper shortly after, followed by a three-pointer from Megan Lindsley and another trey from Nitake, giving TMC a 37-26 lead at the break.
At the half, Nitake led all scorers with 15 points.
Just as she did in the first half, Nitake began TMC’s scoring efforts in the second half off a three-pointer, giving the blue and gold a 40-28 lead.
After maintaining a hearty lead over the next seven minutes, the Lady Mustangs posted a game-high 14 point lead with 11:33 left to play. However, the Bulldogs posted a seven-point run, bringing the score to 52-45.
Over the next 8 minutes, the Lady Mustangs fought off the resurging Bulldogs by extending their lead again to 14 points when Kingery connected on a jumper, giving the Lady Mustangs a 65-51 advantage with 4:09 left to play.
And while the Bulldogs posted an impressive nine-point run in the final four minutes of the game, TMC’s Whitney Best, Arriana Hanson, and Shannon Kingery put the game on ice by leading the Lady Mustangs to a 72-60 decision.
On top of Nitake’s game-leading 16 points, Thompson posted 8 points while Cubello yanked down a game-high 6 rebounds. Attesting to its depth, TMC’s bench posted 10 points in the half while the Bulldogs scored none.
As a team, TMC went 13-25 from the field, 9-16 on its three-pointer efforts, and a perfect 2-2 from behind the line.
Now, with their record at .500, the Lady Mustangs travel back to Santa Clarita and prepare for their home opener against No. 17 Lewis-Clark State of Idaho next Saturday. Tipoff is set for 4:00 PM at Bross Court.