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College basketball: TMC remains perfect

Mustangs beat William Jessup for 2nd time to move to 8-0

Posted: December 16, 2012 2:00 a.m.
Updated: December 16, 2012 2:00 a.m.

The Master's College's Whitney Best (1) shoots against Olivia Nelson (3) of William Jessup on Saturday night at Bross Gym. The Mustangs won 82-73 to remain unbeaten.

The Master’s College women’s basketball team rode a strong second-half performance from junior forward Jacquelyn Marshall to defeat William Jessup University 82-73 on Saturday night at Bross Gym. 

“A focus of ours heading into this game was to not be content with having just beat them (Jessup) earlier this year,” said Marshall, who led the Mustangs with 22 points.

While that may have been a focus of TMC (8-0) heading into the game, the Mustangs appeared disinterested at times during Saturday night’s contest.

After opening the game on a 17-2 run, the Mustangs got away from the aggressive, up-tempo style of play that had suffocated the Warriors throughout much of the first half.

Inversely, William Jessup was opportunistic and took advantage of the chances it was afforded.

After the Mustangs’ early run, in which TMC junior guard Zoe Scott scored eight quick points, the Warriors (5-8) outscored TMC 27-19 during the final 10 minutes of the first half.

“Consistency is something we are going to have to work on as we look to get better,” said TMC head coach Dan Waldeck. “But overall, I thought we began and closed both halves well, and that was part of why we won.”
And nobody helped close out Saturday night’s game like Marshall, who tallied 16 points in the second half, which essentially became a showdown between the junior forward and Jessup’s Sarah Petersen, who added 18 of her 23 points in the second-half.

Petersen was helped largely by teammate Taylor Borba, who scored 19 points and helped keep the game within reach before Petersen caught fire and gave the team a short-lived lead at 63-62 with 9:45 left to play in the second half.

Unfortunately for the Warriors, that was before TMC finished the game on a 20-10 run to remain undefeated.

The loss was Jessup’s second to TMC this year, with the Warriors falling to the Mustangs 74-62 on Dec. 1.

The Mustangs remain perfect, but “practices aren’t getting any easier,” according to Marshall.


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