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TMC loses in GSAC championship

Posted: March 11, 2014 10:46 p.m.
Updated: March 11, 2014 10:47 p.m.
 

There was no charm in The Master’s College’s third meeting with Hope International at Vanguard University.

The second-seeded Mustangs’ 64-59 loss against the fourth-seed Royals in Tuesday’s championship game of the Golden State Athletic Conference Women’s Basketball Tournament hurt, but it hasn’t shaken their confidence.

With the loss, the Mustangs, ranked seventh nationally by the National Association of Intercollegiate Athletics, lost the automatic bid to the NAIA National Tournament. But they still feel good about their chances to not only make it into the tournament, but win the whole thing.

“I know what kind of basketball this team is capable of playing,” said Mustangs head coach Dan Waldeck. “I feel great about the NAIA Tournament. We’re built to win it. We have a lot of depth, we can rebound and we can shoot well. We’re going to go get a championship.”

However, the shots weren’t falling on Tuesday. The Mustangs’ normally hot three-point shooting went ice cold, hitting only seven of their 30 attempts from deep against a Hope International team that TMC (24-8) beat in its previous two matchups this season.

GSAC All-Conference guard Zoe Scott, who ranks third all time in three-point field goals made for The Master’s College, went scoreless in the game. She missed all five of her attempts from three.

So with their outside shots not falling, the Mustangs turned their focus inside to their other All-Conference player, Jacquelyn Marshall. She finished the game with 19 points and 13 rebounds, her 18th double-double of the year.

Megan Lindsley was the next highest scorer for TMC with 16 points.

“The shots we normally make just weren’t falling for us tonight,” said Waldeck. “I think the thing that hurt us was being on TV. The stoppages every four minutes hurt us. We weren’t able to keep a run going.”

The championship is the first for Hope International (23-9). Andrina Rendon scored 22 points and had 20 rebounds in the win that gave her team an automatic bid to the NAIA Tournament.

“Hope played well,” said Waldeck. “I thought we played really hard. It wasn’t the 64 points we gave up that hurt us. It was the 59 that we scored that did.”

And while the Royals know they’re in, the Mustangs have to wait until 5 p.m. today to learn their tournament fate.
The tournament will be held March 19 through March 25 at the Frankfort Convention Center in Frankfort, Ky.

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