Lady Mustangs Pull Away With Win

December 15, 2012

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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.