|Mustangs Stomp Bruins With Strong Second Half|
Photo Credit Dhon Wellons
The Master’s College hit nine three-pointers and exploded for 54 second-half points en route to a 90-62 win over Bethany Friday evening in the season opener for both clubs in Bross Gymnasium.
Hitting 50% of their attempts from behind the line, the Mustangs pulled away from a pesky Bruin club and turned the game into a runaway.
It was far from that in the first half when the Mustangs’ largest lead was ten points (19-9) as the visitors stayed too close for Coach Dan Waldeck and his team. The Mustangs scored the game’s first five points and led 10-2 when junior transfer Theresa Brown hit a jumper with 16:02 left in the first half.
The Bruins used a 7-2 spurt over a 3½-minute span to close to 12-9 but three-pointers by Kaylynn Martin and Lauren Labat sandwiched around a Brown free throw gave the Mustangs that 10-point lead. Still, the Bruins wouldn’t go away, pulling to within four points twice in the next five minutes and trailed 24-20 with 5:52 remaining.
Ella Joines drained a three-ball for a seven-point advantage and when Erica Inge converted a layup with just over two minutes left, the Mustangs had a 33-24 lead. They scored their final points of the half on a pair of Kimmy Iverson free tosses with 33 seconds remaining and went to intermission up 36-29.
The Mustangs shot just 32% from the field over the initial 20 minutes but 19 Bruin turnovers led to 23 Mustang points.
The Bruins roared out of the halftime break and drew to within one point (36-35) on a pair of Alyssa Wright trifectas but Zoe Scott’s layup with 17:59 left sparked a 7-0 run that was capped by two Brown free throws for a 43-35 margin. It was just the beginning of the end for the Bruins.
And, Scott was the instigator once again. She poured in a pair of three-pointers on consecutive possessions and then watched Inge, Lena Rivera, and Joines contribute to a decisive 11-0 burst that vaulted the Mustangs to a 54-37 lead with 14:05 showing on the clock.
The lead ballooned to 60-42 on a Joines’ three-pointer with 11:21 left and when Labat converted a pair of free throws with 9:05 on the clock, the Mustangs had their first 20-point lead of the evening. Those free tosses were part of an 8-0 spurt that Labat finished off with a jumper for a 70-45 cushion.
The decision was no longer in question but the Mustangs weren’t finished. They continued to hit the three-ball with Labat and Joines continuing to score from long range. When Carrie Crawford tossed one in from long range with under a minute to go, the Mustangs had their largest lead of the evening (90-58).
Scott made an impressive freshman debut, tallying a game-high 17 points, highlighted by four three-pointers. Joines duplicated that effort from behind the arc and added 14 more. Rivera chipped in with 13 points and Labat finished the evening with 10. Morgan Schwegler and Brown paced a 43-32 advantage on the boards with 13 and 10 rebounds, respectively.
The Mustangs have little time to rejoice over their season-opening win as they prepare for Corban of Oregon in a game that tips off Saturday evening at 5:30pm in Bross Gym.