December 10, 2016
PHOENIX, Ariz. – The Master’s University women’s basketball team’s 2016-17 record moved to 6-3 and 0-2 in Golden State Athletic Conference play after falling to Arizona Christian University (6-4, 1-0) 78-68 in overtime.
A trio of Lady Mustangs scored in double-digits as Megan Lindsley led TMU with 21 points while Bianca Cubello and Kelly Burns each posted 10 points. Highlighting TMU’s defensive efforts was Ashley Bartow by grabbing an evening-high 12 rebounds.
Collectively, No. 16 TMU went 22-59 (37%) from the field, 6-19 (42%) from behind the arc, and 18-23 (78%) on free throws.
The Lady Mustangs opened the conference battle by leading the Firestorm for the opening seven minutes of the first quarter until Courtney Christmas put ACU up 15-14 after scoring a free throw. ACU’s Toni Davis scored a free throw with 2:52 left to play, but Lindsley put TMU back in the lead with a three-pointer two minutes later, giving the Lady Mustangs a 17-16 advantage heading into the second quarter.
TMU led the Firestorm for the majority of the second quarter until Davis scored another free throw at the 2:32 mark, putting ACU up 29-28. The Firestorm then outscored the Lady Mustangs 6-5 in the final minutes of the second half and posted a 35-33 advantage over TMU heading into halftime.
The Firestorm remained hot after the break as ACU outscored TMU 21-16 in the third quarter. Trailing ACU 56-50 heading into the fourth quarter, TMU began to systemically chip at the Firestorm’s lead and finally flipped the script with 13 seconds left to play when Brooke Baily drained a three-pointer, giving the Lady Mustangs a 65-63 advantage. Unfortunately, ACU’s Jada Willingham drove in a layup with six seconds left to play, forcing overtime.
A persistent Firestorm offense outscored TMU 13-3 in the extra frame, closing Saturday’s matinee at 78-68 in favor of ACU.
Commenting on Saturday’s performance, TMU head coach Dan Waldeck said, “We need to take a long look in the mirror and figure out who we want to be. Hopefully we'll come back from Christmas break with a renewed sense of commitment to our core values.”
In 19 days, TMU will look to return to its winning ways when it battles British Columbia on the first day of the Westmont Holiday Classic. Tipoff is set for 3:00 p.m. on December 29 in Santa Barbara.