December 15, 2012
SANTA CLARITA, Calif. – For the second time in two weeks, the No. 13 Lady Mustangs (8-0) squared off against the Warriors of William Jessup University (5-8). Saturday’s evening produced similar results for TMC as the Mustangs took WJU with 82-73 victory.
The Lady Mustangs started with an evening-high 17 point lead before the Warriors mustered an offensive comeback fueled by two three-pointers and a pair of field goals from Ashley Rose. TMC narrowly led the Warriors at the half with a 36-29 lead.
Despite shooting 45% from the field in the first stanza, the Lady Mustangs only led by seven points at intermission. Zoe Scott (Spokane, WA) led the Mustangs in the first half with a pair of three-pointers, a field goal, and three free thows.
Jacquelyn Marshall (San Clemente, CA) posted a jumper just 11 seconds into the second stanza extending the Mustangs lead to 38-29. After a three-pointer from Ashley Rose, TMC answered back with a 12-2 run that produced a 16-point lead (50-34).
But the evening was far from over as the Warriors rallied back with a 28-12 run that eventually tied things at 62-62. Sarah Peterson chipped in 10 points on the Warriors explosive rally, followed by nine from teammate Taylor Borba.
The Warriors saw their first lead of the evening as a free throw from Peterson put WJU up 63-62. A free throw from Millie Rivera (Allen, TX) tied things at 63-63, but a free throw WJU’s Ashley Rose put the Warriors up one last time at 64-63. The Warriors’ lead was short-lived as jumper from Lena Rivera (Allen, TX) put the Mustangs up 65-64.
With eight minutes left on the clock, the Lady Mustangs produced one last surge consisting of a 17-8 run. Marshall produced six points for the Mustangs which was more than enough as the evening concluded with a final score of 82-73.
“We found a way to win,” commented Mustang Coach Dan Waldeck. “We didn’t guard the way we needed to while they [William Jesssup] made some really tough shots. I’m proud of our resilience, but it’s time for us to move on and look to Monday.”
Jacquelyn Marshall led the way for TMC, scoring a team-high 22 points while notching four rebounds. Lena Rivera and Zoe Scott both posted 13 points, while Theresa Brown (Eugene, OR) lead with nine rebounds. Whitney Best (Snohomish, WA ) dished out a team-best six assists. Collectively, TMC finished the night by shooting 50% from the field.
Coach Waldeck and the undefeated Lady Mustangs return to Bross Gym on Monday, as TMC hosts Great Falls (MT) in a 7:00 PM tipoff.