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College women's basketball: Proof of all the progress

Mustangs end four-game losing streak with authority

Posted: January 22, 2012 1:55 a.m.
Updated: January 22, 2012 1:55 a.m.

The Master’s College guard Lena Rivera drives to the basket against a Point Loma Nazarene University defender during Saturday’s game at Bross Gym.

 

Dan Waldeck knew his team had been playing better in recent weeks.

On Saturday night, The Master’s College women’s basketball head coach saw confirmation of his thought when the team raced out to big lead early in the second half on its way to a 78-57 victory over Point Loma Nazarene University at Bross Gym.

TMC snapped a four-game losing streak and picked up its second Golden State Athletic Conference win.

“We’re starting to play with confidence,” Waldeck said. “We lost our last two conference games to two top 10 teams, but we played really, really well.”

In the last week, the Mustangs (9-11, 2-6) have dropped games to Vanguard and Westmont, ranked 10th and fourth, respectively, in the National Association of Intercollegiate Athletics coaches poll at the time.

TMC won Saturday with an impressive shooting performance that included 12 made 3-pointers and 46.7 percent shooting.
It was the first time since Dec. 28 against Hastings College that TMC shot better than 40 percent from the field in a game.
Also on the list of milestones for the night was a career-high 20 points from junior guard Kimmy Iverson.

She made six of the Mustangs’ threes on a 7-for-10 night, but was quick to distribute the credit elsewhere.

“It was definitely a team win,” Iverson said. “We’ve been working super hard in practice, and we’ve been working toward this.”

Iverson took part in the team’s scoring barrage to open the second half and effectively take PLNU (12-8, 3-5) out of the game.

The Mustangs led 34-24 at halftime, and they saw that lead balloon to 56-33 within the first six minutes of the second half.
During the 22-8 run, TMC knocked down five threes, most of which were wide-open looks set up by the inside-out style of offense.

“We have to drive and kick it a little bit, but we can do that if we put the ball on the money,” Waldeck said.

Also contributing from long range was sophomore Zoe Scott, who made a pair of threes on her way to scoring 13 points.
Freshman point guard Whitney Best was TMC’s catalyst on the offensive end, dishing out 10 assists and scoring seven points.

Once the lead made it into the 20s for TMC, it became clear that the Sea Lions weren’t equipped to mount a comeback.

“It seems like we get discouraged, and we play soft on defense,” said PLNU head coach Bill Westphal. “The Master’s flat-out played harder than us for more minutes.”

The only time PLNU led in the game was in the opening minutes when it jumped in front 5-1.

Within a few minutes, the shots started falling for the Mustangs, who then outscored the Sea Lions 11-2 across a five minute stretch to take a 12-7 advantage.

TMC played pressure defense for most of the game, forcing 21 turnovers and limiting most of PLNU’s scorers from doing much damage.

Forward Nyla Bailey led the Sea Lions with 20 points, but no other PLNU player scored more than 10.

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