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Women's college basketball: Heartbreaker for TMC

Mustangs drop game at the buzzer

Posted: January 29, 2012 1:55 a.m.
Updated: January 29, 2012 1:55 a.m.

The Master’s College’s Morgan Schwegler, right, and Brittany Robinson of San Diego Christian fight for a loose ball at Bross Gym on Saturday night.

 

To some, 0.8 seconds may not seem like a lot of time. But it was just enough to seal The Master’s College to a heartbreaking 62-61 loss Saturday night at Bross Gym.

After erasing a 16-point first-half deficit, the Mustangs led by one with 1.7 seconds left and San Diego Christian set to take the ball out at halfcourt.

The officials, though, deemed that the clock should read 2.5 seconds — and that turned out to be the difference.

The Hawks’ Brittany Robinson took the ball, drove to the baseline and lifted a layup off the glass to defeat the Mustangs at the buzzer.

“Referees have to have a definitive knowledge to (change the clock), and I’m not convinced that they did,” said TMC head coach Dan Waldeck.

TMC trailed 33-20 at the half, but opened up the second with a 16-3 run to tie the game at 36 with 12:24 to play.

The Mustangs took their first lead since the opening minutes, when Morgan Schwegler pulled down an offensive rebound and scored on a layup to take a 43-41 lead with 9:44 to play.

The lead would change hands five times the rest of the way, as both teams fought to gain an edge.

Master’s had a chance to assure itself of winning in regulation or going to overtime when it got the ball back with 14.1 seconds left tied at 60.

But TMC’s Whitney Best drove coast-to-coast and attempted a layup that was missed and pulled down by the Mustangs’ Lindsey Levanen.

Levanen was fouled trying to go up for a layup and hit one free throw with about six seconds remaining to set up the dramatic ending.

“I thought we made a mistake by taking an early shot,” Waldeck said. “It put us in a situation where they could win or tie the game.”

Throughout the first half, though, it didn’t look like the final shot would mean much.

The Mustangs were being beat to loose balls, and struggled to get inside against the Hawks defense.

San Diego Christian blocked five first-half shots and forced 21 turnovers in the game.

But TMC quickly whittled the lead in the second half by turning defensive stops into easy baskets.

Lena Rivera led TMC with 17 points and was one of three players to score in double digits. Zoe Scott added 14 points, and Schwegler scored 10.

For the Hawks, Brittany Daniel scored a game-high 25 points and Robinson added 16 — none of which were bigger than the final two.

San Diego Christian wasn’t without its setbacks on the final shot as well. The Hawks were under the impression they would receive the inbounds at the 28-foot line and prepared for such a situation during the preceding timeout.

But out of the timeout the ball was placed behind the half-court line, setting up a predicament for the Hawks.

“We thought we had the ball up (at the 28-foot line), but when I saw it was back there I looked at (Robinson) and said ‘Take the ball inside,’” said SDC head coach Kelsey Dillon.

And that’s exactly what she did.

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