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College women's basketball: Overtime fade

Biola outscores TMC 13-3 in extra frame

Posted: February 10, 2013 1:55 a.m.
Updated: February 10, 2013 1:55 a.m.

The Master's College's Lena Rivera (14) shoots against Biola defenders as teammate Jaquelyn Marhsall (23) looks on at TMC on Saturday.

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Trailing by 16 points midway through the second half, The Master’s College woman’s basketball team rallied to regain the lead.

But the Mustangs faded down the stretch, losing to the Biola College Eagles 66-56 in overtime Saturday at Bross Gym.

The Mustangs outscored Biola 26-10 from the 12:12 mark of the second half through the end of regulation, but were held to just three points in the extra period.

“I’m a firm believer that some games you lose just because you don’t make enough shots,” said TMC head coach Dan Waldeck. “Our effort was great, but we just ran out of gas at the end.”

TMC (22-3 overall, 7-3 Golden State Athletic Conference) hit just 20-of-75 shots as they finished at 26.7 percent shooting for the game.

Becca DeVere led the way for Biola, finishing one assist short of a triple-double.

The 5-foot, 7-inch senior recorded 13 points, 15 rebounds and nine assists from her point guard position.

“Becca is our leader and our general on the floor,” said Biola head coach Bethany Miller. “She plays with every ounce of heart inside of her.”

Chelsea Hill added 19 points and 11 rebounds for the Eagles (12-13, 3-7).

Jacquelyn Marshall led the Mustangs in scoring with 11, but she was held to just one field goal in the second half.

Lena Rivera scored 10, while Whitney Best and Theresa Brown each added nine.

“I told them to keep playing with that same effort and that we’re going to start making shots,” Waldeck said. “We took (almost) 20 more shots than they did, but hit two fewer baskets.”

The Mustangs trailed 26-21 at halftime, and eventually fell down by as many as 16 points in the second half before battling back.

TMC took a 50-49 lead with 3:11 to play in the second half on a four-point play by Zoe Scott, but the Mustangs were unable to hold off Biola in the closing moments of regulation and overtime.

“We’ve lost a lot of close games because we couldn’t execute fundamentals on defense and offense,” Miller said. “Tonight, we came together and had people step up and execute their role.”

The Mustangs will look to bounce back on Tuesday as they travel to Santa Barbara to play No. 8 Westmont.

The Warriors handed TMC its first loss of the season by a score of 68-57 back on Jan. 22 at Bross Gym.

“I want to see us handle the pressure and rebound after a tough loss,” Waldeck said. “We’re playing a great team, which isn’t an easy task, but I want us to play hard and try to get better.”




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