January 11, 2017
EL CAJON, Calif. – The Master’s University women’s basketball team’s 2016-17 overall record improved to 11-4 and 2-3 in GSAC play after beating San Diego Christian College 71-57 Wednesday night in El Cajon.
Wednesday’s showdown opened with the 17th-ranked Lady Mustangs battling to a 10-10 tie with the Hawks in the first quarter. The dogfight continued into the second quarter as the two teams traded leads eight times. TMU’s Hannah Ostrom drained a three-pointer with nine seconds left to play, giving the Lady Mustangs a 26-25 lead heading into halftime.
The Lady Mustangs maintained a lead for nearly the entirety of the second half and was highlighted by an evening-high 16-point advantage when Ashley Bartow scored a three-pointer with 1:41 left in the fourth quarter. TMU enjoyed a healthy double-digit lead in the final four minutes of play and finished the evening with a 71-57 victory.
Bartow led all scorers with 17 points, while Kelly Burns finished the evening with 14 points. Ostrom also scored in double figures by posting 11 more points. Elsewhere, Bianca Cubello earned six rebounds, four assists, and three blocks.
As a team, TMU went 29-49 (59%) from the field, 5-12 (41%) from behind the arc, and 8-12 (66%) on free throws.
Commenting on Wednesday’s game, TMU head coach Dan Waldeck said, “I'm proud of our resolve this evening. We've had the heaviest road schedule early in conference play, and it's definitely been challenge to get in a rhythm. But, it's also forced us to make adjustments and build our mental game. We had contributions from up and down the lineup, which was tremendous. I thought that Hannah Forrar and Ashley Bartow gave us a huge offensive lift at just the right moments, which really sparked us. The team is excited to keep building on this positive momentum.”
On Saturday, TMU will take a break from its conference schedule when they host Bethesda University. Tipoff is set for 5:30 p.m.