January 22, 2013
SANTA CLARITA, Calif. – After what resembled a heavy-weight boxing match for the entirety of the game, the No. 8 nationally ranked Lady Mustangs suffered their first loss of the season against conference opponent, and No. 9 nationally ranked, Westmont, with a final score of 68-57.
“You never want to lose,” assessed Lady Mustang Coach Dan Waldeck. “Some of the things we need to work on are now evident. We’ll learn from this and move on.”
The loss now brings the Lady Mustangs to 17-1 and 4-1 in the Golden State Athletic Conference, giving Westmont sole possession of the GSAC with a record of 14-3, and 5-0 in conference play.
The evening opened up as usual for the Lady Mustangs as Zoe Scott (Spokane, WA) drained a three-pointer, followed by Theresa Brown (Eugene, OR) sinking a jumper that brought the score to 5-0. But a stingy Warrior offense led by Tugce Canitez emerged, and cut TMC’s lead to as little as one point.
It was at the 12:02 mark that Westmont’s Kelsie Sampson drove in a layup to give the Warriors the lead at 10-9. From here, the Lady Mustangs played catch-up for the rest of the stanza, and trailed the Warriors by one point on four separate occasions before the end of the half.
At the half, Westmont led the Lady Mustangs 31-29, and shot 43% (13-30) from the field. TMC shot a collective 37% (10-27) from the field, and was paced by Whitney Best (Snohomish, WA) and Lena Rivera (Allen, TX) who both chipped in six points.
The Lady Mustangs fought back early in the second half by a Jacquelyn Marshall (San Clement, CA) free throw, followed by a three pointer from Best that gave TMC a two point advantage at 33-31.
Unfortunately, that lead quickly slipped away as Westmont’s Kelsie Sampson responded with a jumper, followed by a layup, giving the Warriors a permanent lead for the remainder of the night.
Westmont’s lead was as small as two points and ballooned to as large as 12 points in the final 17 minutes of play. At the end of the second half, the final score came to 68-57, and delivered the Lady Mustangs their first loss of the 2012-13 campaign.
For the night, TMC shot 30% (20-66), and was led in scoring by Lena Rivera who had 12 points and six rebounds
Coach Waldeck further commented on the Lady Mustangs’ performance by saying “I thought we played really hard. They [Westmont] have had a couple of tough losses this season that has taught them valuable things, and we haven’t. I think we needed it.”
Waldeck and his Lady Mustangs have little time to dwell on their loss as the squad now turns their attention a non-conference game Thursday night against La Sierra (11-12). Tip-off is scheduled for 7:00 PM in Bross Gym.
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In other GSAC action, San Diego Christian took down Arizona Christian 96-52, Biola narrowly defeated Hope 69-61, and No. 3 nationally ranked Vanguard topped Concorida 77-57.