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TMC advances to GSAC Tourney semifinal

Posted: March 5, 2014 10:51 p.m.
Updated: March 5, 2014 10:51 p.m.

The Master's College guard Whitney Best streaks down the court after retrieving a loose ball during Wednesday's game against San Diego Christian College in the first round of the Golden State Athletic Conference tournament at TMC.

 

A year after being bounced early in the Golden State Athletic Conference Tournament, the Master’s College made sure everyone knew they had moved on and that this was a different season.

Jacquelyn Marshall, named to the All-conference team on Tuesday, led the way for the Mustangs, scoring 22 points and pulling down nine rebounds in her team’s 77-50 win over visiting San Diego Christian College on Wednesday.

Despite last year’s early exit, The Mustangs (23-7) still advanced to the NAIA National Tournament last year and they hope to get back to that point.

But on Wednesday, the Mustangs were focused solely on this year’s team.

“We’re just trying to get better,” said Mustangs head coach Dan Waldeck. “Obviously you want to come out and defend your home court. San Diego made a run at the beginning of the second half and we responded well. I think we played well.”

The Mustangs jumped out to an early 12-5 lead midway through the first half, holding the Eagles (11-17) at arms length and leading 39-23 going into the half.

But SDCC opened up the second half on a 9-2 run, cutting the Mustangs’ lead to 41-34. That’s when the conference’s second most potent offense started to step up. Over an eight minute period, TMC had scored 15 points while holding the Eagles to just three and pushing their lead to 56-37.

The Mustangs held SDCC to just 30 percent shooting on the game and forced 17 turnovers. Their full-court pressure led to steals and easy layups that helped widen the gap.

Whitney Best forced two steals and was the second-leading scorer for the Mustangs with 16. Their second all-conference selection, Zoe Scott, scored six points and had two blocks and a steal.

“We wanted to play up-tempo and push the ball but their defense really hurt us,” said Eagles head coach Jerry Irving. “It made it tough for us to score. Tough for us to get into our offense. They did a great job of keeping us uncomfortable.”

With the win, TMC moves on to the semifinals where they will face Westmont. They’ve split their previous games with the Warriors, losing 59-54 on Jan. 28 and winning 68-46 on Feb. 18.

The game will be held at TMC on Friday.

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