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Men's and women's teams in good shape following first week of GSAC play

Posted: January 19, 2014 9:52 p.m.
Updated: January 19, 2014 9:52 p.m.
 

The Master’s College men’s and women’s basketball team opened conference play with strong starts, while Mustang baseball swept Simpson University in the squad’s season-opening series.

Women’s Basketball:

On Tuesday night in Fullerton, The Master’s College women’s basketball team’s 2013-14 record improved to 13-3 (1-0 GSAC) with an 84-72 win over Hope International University.

In another fantastic performance, Jacquelyn Marshall led TMC by producing a double-double with 21 points and 11 rebounds.  Both Nicole Nitake and Zoe Scott went 3-4 behind the arc and finished with 11 points.

TMC went 31-62 (50%) from the field, 10-19 (52%) behind the arc, and went 12-19 (63%) from the charity stripe.  Notably, TMC’s bench contributed 33 points in the victory.

On Saturday, Marshall’s team-high 14 points was one of many components that factored in to the Lady Mustangs’ dominating performance over Arizona Christian 77-45.

The other components: Zoe Scott & Megan Lindsley each scoring 11 points in the rout, the motivation to go 2-0 in GSAC play, and the incentive to give fifth-year head coach Dan Waldeck his 100th career victory.

And at the end of two halves, the 12th-ranked Lady Mustangs raised their season record to 14-3 (2-0 GSAC), celebrating coach Waldeck’s 100th career victory in the process.

“I’m very thankful to the Lord for the opportunity to coach great ladies at a great institution,” assessed Waldeck. “Every victory is a collective effort and commitment of our institution, my team, and those who have invested in this program (like my mentor, Ken Sugarman). This is a fun milestone, but this team is excited to keep building in this season’s continued progress.”

As a team, TMC finished the night by going 31-64 (48%) from the field, 8-24 (33%) on three-pointers, and 7-9 (77%) behind the line.

Now, the Lady Mustangs will look to go 3-0 in GSAC play tomorrow night in a 5:30 p.m. road game against Concordia University.

Men’s Basketball:

Saturday’s thrilling 77-76 double overtime victory over the seventh-ranked Arizona Christian Firestorm may have been exactly what The Master’s College men’s basketball team needed.

Considering that earlier in the week the squad suffered a 74-65 loss to the 25th-ranked Hope International Royals, Saturday’s victory has a dual-service potential.

On a surface level, the Mustangs rebounded to a 1-1 GSAC record and a 13-4 overall record with the win.  But going deeper, the upset over the nation’s seventh-ranked team could be the inspirational spark that can ignite a strong conference schedule run.

In Saturday’s double overtime win, Korey Anderson posted TMC’s lone double-double by scoring 17 points and yanking down 11 rebounds.  Both Bernard Ireland and Dominique Lanier scored 14 points apiece. Notably, Lanier led the squad in assists by posting 8 dimes, while Chris Patureau pulled down 11 boards and scored eight points.

As a team, TMC went 28-70 (40%) from the field, 11-30 (40%) behind the arc, and 10-11 (90%) on free throws.

Now, head coach Chuck Martin and his Mustangs will try to make lightning strike twice this Tuesday when the Mustangs travel to No. 10 Concordia for a 7:30 p.m. contest.

Baseball:

Combining for 27 runs on 29 hits while limiting Simpson to three total runs, The Master’s College blasted the host Red Hawks Saturday afternoon in Redding, winning 13-1 and 14-2 to sweep a doubleheader and a season-opening weekend series.

After scoring nine runs on ten hits in their 9-1 win on Friday, highlighted by a four-run first inning, it took a little longer for the 12th-ranked Mustangs (3-0) to break out in the opener on Saturday. But when they did, they left little doubt about the outcome.

At the end of the series, Steve Karkenny posted 4 runs while Jon Popadics produced 5 hits and 1 home run. On the mound, Tommy Kister and Jason Karkenny finished the weekend by striking out 4 batters, while Hunter Totemeier, Conner Menez, and Dalton Thompson each struck out three more.

Returning home to Southern California, the Mustangs open GSAC play this weekend when they host Biola in a three-game series on Reese Field.  The opener is scheduled for Friday at 2:00 p.m.



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