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College women's basketball: Out of reach

TMC loses for first time, ending 17-game win streak

Posted: January 23, 2013 2:00 a.m.
Updated: January 23, 2013 2:00 a.m.

The Master's College forward Jacquelyn Marshall, center, tries to reach in for a rebound between Westmont defenders on Tuesday at Bross Gym.

 

With first place in the Golden State Athletic Conference on the line, NAIA No. 9 Westmont College defeated No. 8 The Master’s College women’s basketball 68-57 Tuesday at TMC.

Kelsie Sampson scored a game-high 26 points with 11 rebounds, while reigning Women’s Basketball Coaches of America NAIA Player of the Year, Tugce Canitez, added 14 points and 14 rebounds, as the Warriors snapped TMC’s 17-game winning streak and moved into the top position in the GSAC.

“The streak speaks to our character,” said TMC head coach Dan Waldeck. “We never talked about the streak, or about winning. We talked about getting better.”

For the Mustangs (17-1 overall, 4-1 GSAC), the loss comes after the best start to a season in school history.

The Warriors (14-3, 5-0) controlled a 13-9 lead with 10:56 to play in the first half after a 3-pointer by Celina Gougis capped an 11-2 run.

From that point, neither team separated itself, as the score was 31-29 at halftime.

Sampson, Canitez and Gougis led the way for Westmont as they scored 10, seven, and seven points respectively in the first half. TMC’s leading scorer this season, Jacquelyn Marshall was held scoreless at the break.

“Uncharacteristically, we didn’t move the ball as well as we usually do,” Waldeck said. “But it’s never been about one player. We’re a team, and I thought she played well tonight.”

Early in the second half, Whitney Best knocked down a 3-pointer to give the Mustangs a 33-31 advantage.

But Sampson answered and put the Warriors back in front by scoring six straight points to make the score 37-33.

Sampson finished shooting 12-of-19, after hitting 5-of-11 shots in the first half.

With 15:34 to play in the game, Marshall ended the 6-0 run with her first basket to cut the deficit to 37-35.

But Westmont responded on its next possession as Esther Lee scored from behind the arc to bump the lead back up to 40-35.

TMC threatened the lead with 8:21 left in the game as Marshall hit a 3-pointer to bring the score to 52-46, but the deficit proved too much for the Mustangs to overcome.

Marshall finished with nine points and nine rebounds on 3-of-12 shooting.

Lena Rivera led the Mustangs with 12 points, while Best finished with 11.

“It took a really great effort to come out with a victory,” said Westmont head coach Kirsten Moore. “We said that if we give effort all game and if we continue the consistency, good things would happen.”

With the victory, Westmont extends its winning steak to seven.

TMC will be in action at home on Thursday against La Sierra.

“Sometimes a loss can be a good thing. We’re going to comeback and be much more disciplined and hard working,” Rivera said. “But we’re not going to make this a habit.”

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