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TMC Insider: Mustangs basketball season heats up as volleyball draws near close

Posted: December 1, 2013 8:28 p.m.
Updated: December 1, 2013 8:28 p.m.
 

Last week, both the Mustangs’ men’s and women’s basketball teams put forward productive outings. Mustang volleyball looks to make a strong postseason run starting this Tuesday.

Women’s Basketball:

The Master’s College women’s basketball team continued its strong start to the 2013-14 campaign by beating William Jessup University 69-42 Tuesday night at Bross Court.

Minus an early 3-2 William Jessup lead, TMC dominated the court the entirety of the game.  The Lady Mustangs’ smallest lead was by 3 points early in the first half, while the squad’s largest advantage was by 29 points late into the second.

At the end of the night, Whitney Best led the Lady Mustangs in scoring with 13 points. Jacquelyn Marshall earned a double-double by scoring 12 points and bringing down 10 rebounds and Nicole Nitake earned 11 points in the 14 minutes of action she saw.

As a team, TMC shot 40-percent from the field, brought down 40 rebounds, and tallied 19 assists.  

Later in the week on Friday, the Lady Mustangs team fell in overtime to NCAA D. III Merrimack College 76-74 at Bross Court.

With the loss, TMC’s overall record sits at 5-3.

In the loss, Marshall led the Lady Mustangs in scoring with a season-high 29 points, yanking down 15 rebounds to round things out.  

The Lady Mustangs will look to rebound against U.C. Merced this Friday in Merced.  Tipoff is set for 7:00 p.m.

Men’s Basketball:

Derrick Fain poured in a season-high 26 points, highlighted by a three-pointer midway through the first half that put The Master’s College ahead to stay, and the Mustangs went on to post a 92-70 win over Cal Maritime on the first day of the Lamont Ramsey Classic at Menlo College.

Fain’s six dimes were just one behind his season-best total of seven against Cal Poly Pomona on November 12.

Fain was joined in double figures by a quartet of teammates, including Zach Stalin who had 13 points on 5-7 shooting.  Bernard Ireland and Reid Shackelford threw in 12 points apiece while Korey Anderson chipped in with 10 more.  Chris Patureau pulled down a game-high seven rebounds as the Mustangs outboarded the Keelhaulers 35-23.

On Saturday, Dominique Lanier scored a career-high 22 points, including a 10-11 showing from the charity stripe, and led a parade to the free throw line as The Master’s College upended host Menlo 77-73 on the second and final day of the Lamont Ramsey Classic on the San Francisco Peninsula.

The victory was the Mustangs’ season-best third in a row and lifted their record to 6-2.

In addition to his near-flawless performance from the line, Lanier was 6-9 from the field and took down a team-high six rebounds.  Patureau, making his second straight start, hit 7-10 from the field en route to 14 points and Stalin chipped in with 12 more.

Women’s Volleyball:

The Master’s College volleyball team (20-8) will open up pool play this week at the 2013 NAIA Volleyball National Championship tournament in Sioux City, Iowa.

After their 3-0 victory over CSU San Marcos in the NAIA Opening Round match on November 16, the Lady Mustangs landed a spot in ‘Pool D.’

Waiting for them there are MidAmerica Nazarene University (26-2), Madonna University (38-0), and Rocky Mountain College (25-6).

On Tuesday, TMC will face MidAmerica Nazarene at 1:15 p.m. (PST). Wednesday’s match will be against Madonna at 11:00 a.m. (PST). And finally, on Thursday, the Lady Mustangs will play Rocky Mountain in an 11:00 a.m. (PST) match.

The tournament’s pool play winners will advance to single elimination play on Friday.

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