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The Master’s College jumps out on Royals early and does not let up

Posted: January 17, 2009 10:16 p.m.
Updated: January 18, 2009 4:55 a.m.

The Master's College player Morgan Schwegler (12) jumps for the rebound as Hope International University players surround her during Saturday night's contest played at Bross Gym.

 
The Master's College knows that good teams overwhelm inferior opponents right from the start and never give them a chance.

Saturday evening, that's exactly what The Master's College did.

The Mustangs shot 56 percent in the first half and raced out to a 25-point halftime lead before downing Hope International 98-52 at Robert K. Bross Gymnasium.

Despite the flashy offensive numbers, The Master's College (10-6, 5-2) was just as effective on defense.

"I challenged my team this week that we need to redefine ourselves as a defensive team," said head coach Dan Waldeck, "and I thought we got after them and made everything really, really difficult for (Hope International)."

The Mustangs showcased a fast tempo and quick ball movement to smother the Royals' defense, and the attack was balanced. Stacy Nanninga and Annie Gillespie had their way on the interior, and Jennifer Ritter came off the bench to score 10 of her 15 points in the first half to key the blowout.

"I thought our bench came in and played a ton of minutes," Waldeck said. "They did exactly what they're capable of doing, so I'm hoping it's a stepping stone for us."

Another big contributor off the bench was Morgan Schwegler, who poured in 14 of her team-high 17 points in the second half.

Even with the large cushion, Waldeck turned the second half into an opportunity to sustain energy and work on certain sets.

"Our conversation at halftime was not to take the second half as a coasting half," Waldeck said, "but to take it as a half to go replicate what we did in the first half, but do it with more of our bench."

The Royals (1-14, 0-7) tried to feed forward Kendra James early and often, and James responded with a game-high 20 points, many of which came with a hand in her face.

"We were just trying to swarm her when she touched the ball," Waldeck said. "She's a pretty good player. She's real physical and she did a good job for them."

Nanninga wound up with 15 points, while Gillespie added 13 and Jenna Reed had 12.

Hope International's starting backcourt of Kasey Philyaw and Lindsay Salazar combined to score 24 points.

"I feel really good about the way we played both halves," Waldeck said. "I've got to give Hope International a lot of credit. They made some shots, they got to the free throw line on us. Our bench played a lot of minutes and we got great production."


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