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College women's basketball: Welcome reprieve

TMC women cruise against lower-tiered GSAC team

Posted: January 28, 2011 1:55 a.m.
Updated: January 28, 2011 1:55 a.m.

The Master’s College’s Theresa Brown (44) drives to the basket on Thursday at Bross Gym. She scored 12 points in the game.

Wins rarely come easy in the Golden State Athletic Conference.

For The Master's College women's basketball, an easy win is a welcome reprieve.

And the Mustangs' 85-49 victory over San Diego Christian on Thursday at Bross Gym was just what the doctor ordered.

"It's great to get a win like that," said TMC head coach Dan Waldeck. "Especially in these last couple weeks, we've been getting better."

After snapping a four-game losing streak with a 65-53 win over Hope International on Tuesday, the Mustangs knew as well as anyone just how valuable wins against GSAC opponents are.

The GSAC boasts five teams ranked in the NAIA Top 25. Against a struggling San Diego Christian team, TMC didn't want a nail-biter.

The potential for drama was eliminated early when TMC (14-7, 7-5) opened the game on an 11-0 run.

The Hawks (6-13, 1-10) didn't score until the 15:03 mark of the first half.

TMC never led by less than eight points the rest of the way.

"This was just us being ourselves," said Mustangs guard Lena Rivera, who led the scoring with 21 points. "We just wanted to come out and focus on ourselves, rather than focusing on the other team."

While TMC's zone defense locked out any chance of a Hawk run, the offense patiently waited for open looks, scoring from all over the floor.

The Mustangs made 54.5 percent of their shots and limited San Diego Christian to an ice-cold 29.3 percent.

"We didn't show up," said Hawks head coach Kelsey Dillon. "I don't know if it was the three-hour bus ride or what. Something wasn't there."

A 44-19 halftime lead quickly turned into a 30-plus-point advantage for TMC, which staved off any and all opportunities for a comeback.

While San Diego Christian tried to penetrate and get to the free-throw line, it couldn't stop the sharp Mustang offense, which spread the floor by moving the ball around the perimeter.

"We made some adjustments to our offense this week that brings more assists and a little more ball movement," Waldeck said. "And I think it's been working."

The Hawks were led by Melissa Villalobos' 15 points, and the Mustangs also got 16 points from point guard Erica Inge.

It was the second straight conference win for TMC, which concluded a four-game home stand Tuesday against Fresno Pacific.



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