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TMC basketball caps season with win

Posted: March 1, 2014 10:53 p.m.
Updated: March 1, 2014 10:53 p.m.

The Master's College Megan Lindsley (32) shoots against Hope International Brittany Bauman (10) at TMC on Saturday.

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The Master’s College women’s basketball is right where it wants to be at this point in the season.

Though the team has seen its share of adversity in recent weeks, TMC capped off the regular season with an emphatic 85-70 victory over nationally ranked Hope International on Saturday night at Bross Court.

The TMC Mustangs, ranked seventh in the National Association of Intercollegiate Athletics, secured second place in the competitive Golden State Athletic Conference with Saturday’s win over the No. 17 Royals.

And all this comes with the added fact that TMC has been playing without two key players for the last three weeks.
“No one in the second half (of conference play) has seen us a full strength and that’s really why I have confidence on how good we’re going to be,” said TMC head coach Dan Waldeck.

As a result of injuries, two freshman players in particular have come up big late in the season.

One of those freshmen, Megan Lindsley, scored a season-high 26 points to lead TMC (22-7 overall, 10-4 Golden State Athletic Conference).

She made four of TMC’s 10 3-pointers in the game.

“About eight games ago we ran into just a rash of injuries so a lot of kids had to step up so she was one who had to step into the starting lineup,” Waldeck said.

Fellow TMC freshman Bianca Cubello scored 14 points and pulled down seven rebounds while senior Jacquelyn Marshall tacked on 17 points and 13 rebounds.

Master’s led nearly start-to-finish and built a 46-23 advantage early in the second half before Hope (20-9, 8-6) went on its biggest run of the game.

By the 14:27 mark of the second half, the Royals closed the gap to 48-38, prompting a TMC timeout.

The Mustangs came out of the break and scored the next nine points to weather the storm.

Next up for TMC is the opening round of the GSAC Tournament on Wednesday, when the Mustangs will host San Diego Christian.

From there, TMC will likely play in the NAIA National Tournament.

TMC’s Millie Rivera played briefly in the game in her first game back since suffering an ankle sprain three weeks ago.

Sophomore Nicole Nitake, also out with an ankle injury, is expected back soon.

“Our focus really is just getting better and continuing to put ourselves into position to be a championship-caliber team,” Waldeck said.

Note: In the nightcap at Bross Court, TMC men’s basketball lost 64-58 to Hope International to finish its regular season at 18-11 overall, 6-8 in the GSAC. Bernard Ireland and Korey Anderson co-led TMC with 12 points each. The TMC men finished tied for fourth in the GSAC.

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