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Women's college basketball: A threat, but no upset

TMC women hang tight with No. 6 Westmont

Posted: February 15, 2012 1:55 a.m.
Updated: February 15, 2012 1:55 a.m.
 

The Master’s College women’s basketball team was locked in a tight, back-and-forth affair with Westmont College for 40 minutes on Tuesday night at Bross Gym.

But after 16 lead changes and five ties, the Warriors pulled away down the stretch as TMC cooled off in a 66-56 Westmont victory.

The Mustangs (11-16, 4-11) were aggressive from the start, keeping pace with the National Association of Intercollegiate Athletics No. 6-ranked team throughout the first half and entering the locker room down 31-30.

But it could have been better for TMC at the break.

The Mustangs went on a 7-0 run midway through the first half to turn a one-point deficit into a 14-8 lead with 14:13 to play in the half.

With three minutes remaining in the half and the Mustangs ahead 28-25, Westmont (24-2, 14-1) stormed ahead from the free-throw line.

Two of those free throws came after a technical foul was called on TMC head coach Dan Waldeck for yelling at an official from across the floor with 1:23 remaining.

The free-throw line would continue to be a source of trouble for Master’s throughout the contest, as the Warriors went 22-of-28 from the line, while TMC shot 6-of-9.

“It was a huge factor (in the game) ...” Waldeck said. “We have to be aggressive and make (the officials) make a call.”
Things started to get away from Master’s in the second half, when the Warriors opened up a nine-point lead with 7:30 remaining.

But the Mustangs continued to battle against the Golden State Athletic Conference’s top team.

TMC’s Zoe Scott, who finished with a team-high 14 points, hit a 3-pointer with 4:28 remaining to pull the Mustangs to within 58-56.

Kimmy Iverson scored 11 points and Lena Rivera added nine points and six rebounds for TMC.

“The Master’s is a great team and played really, really hard. They forced us into a lot of turnovers,” said Westmont head coach Kristen Moore. “On our scouting report, I thought it would be the hardest game we played all year.”

Westmont committed 22 turnovers in the contest to TMC’s 23.

And both squads took almost equal advantage of the other’s mistakes, as the Warriors scored 26 points off turnovers and Master’s scored 27.

Those were the last points TMC would score on the night, as Westmont pulled away by hitting 6-of-9 free throws down the stretch.

The biggest difference though, came in the paint — where the Warriors used a size advantage to outrebound Master’s 32-25 and outscore TMC 30-20.

“We missed a couple shots. We committed two silly fouls away from the ball ...” Waldeck said of the final minutes. “It just changes the game. We didn’t really recover from that.”

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