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’Stangs snap streak

Mustangs’ balanced attack ends visitors 20-game win streak

Posted: March 1, 2009 1:48 a.m.
Updated: March 1, 2009 4:55 a.m.

The Master's College forward Stacy Nanninga, right, drives to the basket as Point Loma Nazarene's Bonnie Zabinsky defends Saturday at Bross Gym.

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The Master’s College women’s basketball snapped Point Loma Nazarene’s 20-game winning streak with a dominating 63-48 win at home Saturday.

The Mustangs (15-13, 10-9) jumped on its Golden State Athletic Conference foe early, building a 14-2 lead in the first eight minutes of the game.

Stacy Nanninga opened the game hot, notching eight points during Master’s fast start.

“We wanted to come out and get some momentum,” said TMC head coach Dan Waldeck. “We worked on our inside game and limited their good looks.  Colleen Planeta has a chance to be the conference player of the year so we worked to keep her in check as well as we could.”

The Mustangs limited Planeta to just seven points in the first half, but she did manage to tally a team high 18 points for the game.

TMC had a balanced attack that featured 18 total points from Nanninga, 17 from Jenna Reed, 13 from Erica Inge and 12 from Amanda Durocher.

“They just wanted it more than us,” said Point Loma guard Avery Lee. “We brought our C-game tonight, but it’s a learning experience for us. We had been on a real good streak, but I’m just glad this wasn’t the playoffs.”

The Sea Lions (23-5, 17-3) chipped away at the Mustang lead after The Master’s fast start, cutting the gap to five with less than two minutes left in the first half.

The Mustangs rebounded to close the opening 20 minutes on a 9-0 run, taking a 37-23 lead into the break.

“We were able to move the ball well within their zone,” Waldeck said.  “Overall, on the offensive end we did a pretty good job of executing, and we shot better than them from the field.”

The Mustangs held a 42 percent to 35 percent shooting edge, and a lead that reached 23 points in the second half.

“It was a total team effort from them,” Lee said.  “They did a very good job of taking us out of our game.”

The game concluded Point Loma’s regular season, which means the Sea Lions will have a couple of extra days to gear up for the GSAC tournament.

TMC has one league game left, Monday versus Fresno Pacific at home.

A win could earn the Mustangs a home game in the first round of the GSAC tournament.

“Right now we can’t start thinking about the playoffs or what we need to do to get into the national tournament,” Waldeck said. “We’re going to take everything one game at a time. I’m pleased with the play we’re getting from our seniors, and it seems like we’ve gotten past any rough patches we’ve had this year.”

kdamore@the-signal.com

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