January 28, 2014
SANTA BARBARA, Calif. – After two halves of hard-fought basketball, The Master’s College women’s basketball team faced its first GSAC loss of the season Tuesday night in Santa Barbara.
With the 54-59 loss to the 14th-ranked Warriors (12-6, 3-2 GSAC), the ninth-ranked Lady Mustangs’ 2013-14 record now sits at 16-4 and 4-1 in conference play.
“Losing is never fun, but I'm confident that this game revealed some of the areas that we still need to progress in. We will better because of this,” assessed fifth-year Lady Mustang basketball head coach Dan Waldeck.
Early in the first half, the Lady Mustangs started things with a minor 8-6 lead when Whitney Best (Snohomish, WA) scored off a jumper with 14:41 left to play. But, the Warriors answered back with Kelsie Sampson tying the game moments later at the 14:19 mark.
It was at that point that the Warriors began to pick apart the Lady Mustangs’ offensive and defensive efforts by slowly extending their lead to 31-21 at the break.
At the half, the Lady Mustangs shot 7-28 (25%) from the field, 1-6 on three-pointers (16%) and 6-10 (60%) on free throws. Also at the break, TMC scored 8 points in the paint, while the Lady Mustang’s bench matched the Warrior’s bench by scoring 5 points.
Attempting a second half comeback, Best drained a three-pointer four seconds into play bringing the score to 31-24. But the Warriors had no intentions of letting the Mustangs back in the game which was exemplified by maintaining a hearty 8-12 point lead.
However, with 8:04 left on the clock Kelly Burns (Yorba Linda, CA) drove in a layup that cut the Warrior’s lead to six points. Zoe Scott (Spokane, WA) made it a three-point game off a three-pointer with 7:36 left to play. After a Jacquelyn Marshall (San Clemente, CA) layup, Burns put TMC ahead by one point (48-47) off another layup with 5:51 left to play.
But, the Warriors answered back a minute later, sparking a decisive 10-6 run that ultimately ended with a 59-54 loss for the Lady Mustangs.
At the end of the night, Marshall earned a double-double by scoring 14 points and yanking down 13 rebounds. Best scored 13 points, while Scott followed with 7 more. As a team, TMC went 19-54 (35%) from the field, 3-12 (25%) behind the arc, and 13-19 (68%) from the charity stripe.
“To be able come back and take a lead, when it seemed like there was a lid on the basket, speaks to character of this team,” further assessed Waldeck. “I thought we missed a lot of shots at the rim that we need to finish, but glad we kept getting to the rim even when we couldn't get into the bonus in the second half, but that's life playing on the road.”
Now, the Lady Mustangs will look to rebound on Saturday in El Cajon against San Diego Christian (10-8, 1-4 GSAC) in a 5:30 p.m. GSAC showdown.
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In other GSAC action, No.1 Vanguard took down Concordia with a 99-55 victory, San Diego Christian beat Arizona Christian 58-50, and Hope International edged Biola 82-70 in La Mirada.