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College women's basketball: Mustangs drop thriller

TMC women loss to Vanguard in triple overtime

Posted: January 22, 2011 11:17 p.m.
Updated: January 22, 2011 11:17 p.m.

TMC point guard Erica Inge (13) tries to find room to shoot against Vanguard’s Danielle Arriola Saturday at TMC.

 

The Master’s College women’s basketball proved it can come back against a difficult conference opponent.
Now it just needs to figure out how to finish them off.

TMC lost to the NAIA Division I No. 12-ranked Vanguard University 92-84 in triple overtime Saturday, despite a 20-point comeback.

It was the Mustangs’ fourth straight loss to a Golden State Athletic Conference opponent, and it wasn’t the first time they had to come from behind.

“We’ve lost our last three (close game), and all of those were functions of coming back,” said TMC head coach Dan Waldeck. “It makes it a lot harder when you have to fight the whole game.”

Vanguard held a 50-30 lead at the 16:20 mark of the second half, but TMC marched back and finally tied the score on a 25-foot buzzer-beating 3-pointer by senior Erica Inge.

The shot came after a mad scramble for the rebound on a missed Vanguard free throw with 6 seconds left.

Both Inge and teammate Theresa Brown went after the ball and nearly turned it over before Inge got a hold of it, took a few dribbles and heaved up the shot that banked in and tied it at 66-66.

“I knew we were going to hit the shot,” Inge said. “I can’t even explain it. I just knew.”

And at points, it appeared the Mustangs (12-7, 5-5) were going to walk away with the victory, building a lead as big as 76-71 early in the second overtime.

But the offense became stagnant in the final overtime period, and the Lions (11-5, 7-3) were able to ice the game with free throws.
“Our defense and rebounding won it,” said Vanguard senior Sarah Boyd, who co-led her team with 18 points. “We just came together, and we didn’t freak out when they came back.”

The rebounding ended up slightly in TMC’s favor at 53-51, but offensive rebounds and second-chance points were part of the reason the Mustangs came back.

If Brown wasn’t making layups, she’d grab a rebound and try again. That’s how she worked her way up to a game-high 29 points and 19 rebounds.

“I think when we got the ball inside, they couldn’t stop us,” said Inge, who finished with 20 points, 15 of which came after halftime.

In the first half, it was the Lions that dominated the low post, feeding the ball to 6-foot center Molly Pfohl and letting her finish it off.

She also scored 18 points to go along with 13 rebounds.

When TMC tried to collapse the defense inside, Vanguard responded by hitting 3-pointers, which is part of why it went into the break up 38-28.

“I don’t think we came out with very good concentration on defense,” Waldeck said. “We’ve been shooting badly to start games and that puts a lot of pressure on us defensively.”

The Mustangs finished the second half on a 14-3 run to knot it up. Despite not leading at any point during the first two overtimes, Vanguard outscored TMC 12-4 in the third overtime.

“I feel like we fight so hard,” Inge said. “It just seems like our effort isn’t good enough to beat these teams.”

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