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TMC basketball: Steadily rising

No. 13 TMC runs away from Great Falls to stay unbeaten

Posted: December 18, 2012 1:55 a.m.
Updated: December 18, 2012 1:55 a.m.

The Master's College forward Kelly Burns (13) shoots past Great Falls (Mont.) defender Lindsey Abramson on Monday night at Bross Gym. TMC won 86-48.

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Jumping out in front early, The Master’s College sprinted from the starting gate to stay undefeated as they rolled to an 86-48 victory over Great Falls of Montana on Monday at The Master’s College.

Led by Theresa Brown, the National Association of Intercollegiate Athletics No. 13-ranked Mustangs (9-0) relied on unselfishness on offense and intense pressure on defense to control a 43-15 lead at halftime.

“Our goal is to play aggressive from the start,” said TMC head coach Dan Waldeck. “We’ve been playing up-and-down like a roller coaster the past few games, but tonight we wanted to play like we were climbing Mt. Everest.”

TMC started the first 9:57 of the game by going on a 19-4 run.

During the stretch, Brown contributed eight of her 16 points on the night. She also finished with 10 rebounds.

“My main focus tonight was rebounding. I knew they had some big girls so my goal was to grab as many boards as possible,” Brown said.

Over the next minute, the Argos (10-4) responded with a 6-0 spurt, but the Mustangs put their foot back on the gas and finished the half on a 24-5 run.

TMC forced 16 turnovers and held Great Falls to 25 percent on 7-for-28 shooting before the break.

The Mustangs also recorded 10 assists on 16 made baskets in the first half.

“We talk about unselfish play all the time, but I don’t really have to work too much with them on that,” Waldeck said.

Other bright spots for TMC included Jacquelyn Marshall, who added 15 points, three assists, and two blocks.

The Mustangs received solid contributions from the bench.

Olivia Thompson had 11 points and two assists, while Millie Rivera recorded nine points and six steals.

As for Great Falls, Lindsey Abramson finished with a game-high 17 points on 8-for-13 shooting.

“Defense is a huge priority for us,” Brown said. “We want to get after their guards, force them into turnovers and take away the inside. Tonight was super encouraging.”

TMC will be in action again as they look to stay unbeaten on Dec. 28, when they take on Montana State Northern in the Jersey Mike’s Holiday Classic.

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