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Posted: February 13, 2008 4:31 a.m.
Updated: April 15, 2008 5:00 a.m.

TMC's Lisa Chenoweth, left, and Brooke Bekendam, far right, double-team Biola's Megan Jackson, middle, on Tuesday night. The Mustangs won at home 80-52.

At the beginning, it was the Biola women's basketball team setting the pace.

The visiting Lady Eagles' inside game forced The Master's College to play a little bit of catch up out of the gate in Tuesday's Golden State Athletic Conference contest.
It didn't last long.
Behind a strong final 10 minutes of the opening half, the No. 12-ranked Lady Mustangs put the game out of reach and went on to rout Biola 80-52 at Bross Gym.
With the win, TMC improves to 17-6 over all and 9-5 in GSAC play.
While both teams only had two players apiece finish with double-digit scoring nights, the Lady Eagles top two combined for 24 points, while TMC's top duo scored 41.
TMC received a game-high 21 points for Annie Gillespie and reserve forward Jenna Reed scored a career-high 20 points.
"She was a great spark off the bench for us," said TMC head coach Ken Sugarman. "She just came out really aggressive and had a great game."
Reed led a run that helped put the Lady Mustangs ahead for good after Biola jumped out to a 15-10 lead. She scored 10 straight points over a 2:22 stretch in the opening frame.
The sophomore's 3-pointer with 9:34 to go put TMC up 24-21 and the team never lost the lead again. Reed finished with 12 first -half points, a game-high at the break.
The Lady Mustangs out-scored the Lady Eagles 12-5 over the final 6:01 and took a 51-35 lead into halftime.
"I felt like we traded baskets quite a bit," said Biola head coach Ken Crawford. "When we went cold and they kept going, that was the major difference."
The Lady Eagles (6-18, 3-11) shot 41.2 percent in the first half compared to TMC's 50 percent, but Biola was just 2-of-8 from 3-point range.
Sugarman said the key for the Lady Mustangs putting the game out of reach was to limit the Lady Eagles to one shot each possession. They are one of the top rebounding teams in the conference, so it was important to limit second-chance baskets.
"We knew we could transition if we could stop them on the defensive end, so we tried to take advantage of that," Sugarman said.
For the game, Biola narrowly out-rebounded the Lady Mustangs 43-41.
Both teams shot worse in the second half.
But TMC was already too far ahead and the Lady Eagles shot just 20 percent (6-for-30).
Megann Alberts scored a team-high 14 points for Biola and Richae Kater added 10.
"We got plenty of shots, we just didn't do anything with them," Crawford said.
A slow start in the second half for the Lady Eagles allowed TMC to take a 62-42 lead on a 3-pointer by Lisa Chenoweth with 12:04 remaining in the game.
With a minute to go, the Lady Mustangs took a 28-point lead, their biggest of the game.
"The pressure got to them," Sugarman said. "And we made some big baskets."
The TMC win comes on the heels of losing to No. 4 Vanguard at home on Feb. 9. After defeating Biola in a trap game, the Lady Mustangs face No. 3 Point Loma on the road on Saturday at 5:30 p.m. in San Diego. TMC lost by a point at home to Point Loma in the team's first meeting on Jan. 12 at Bross Gym.


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