|Inge Dazzles Warriors|
Senior All-American Erica Inge scored a game-high 24 points and led The Master’s College to a methodical 81-67 win over Corban of Oregon Saturday evening in Bross Gym. The victory was the club’s second in two nights to start the season.
Inge, who had just eight points in Friday’s season-opening win over Bethany, was much more aggressive on the offensive end against the Warriors, especially in the second half when she scored 19 points and played a large part in fending off the visitors.
The Mustangs fell behind 2-0 when the Warriors scored on their first possession but then reeled off eight straight points to take the lead for good. Theresa Brown capped off the early spurt with a jumper at the 17:18 mark of the first half.
That did little to faze the Warriors who stayed close enough to keep the Mustangs on their toes. In fact, the Mustangs couldn’t create any separation until midway through the half when Kimmy Iverson nailed a pair of free throws for a 24-16 lead with 10:48 left in the half.
Just 1:30 later, Inge drained a three-ball to boost the advantage back to eight points (29-21) and priming the pump for what would develop into an 8-0 run that gave the Mustangs a 34-21 lead with 7:20 left on the clock. During the skein, Ella Joines poured in a trifecta and Morgan Schwegler finished it off with a layup.
Just over three minutes later, the Mustangs used five straight points from Lauren Labat to build their largest lead of the half (42-27) before the Warriors closed out the period with six consecutive points, closing the deficit to nine at the break.
The Mustangs were outshot 48%-41% during the first half but scored 17 points off 16 Corban turnovers.
Inge gave a preview of things to come when she threw one in from behind the arc just 24 seconds into the second half and when Lena Rivera scored on a layup with 18:49 left, the Mustangs had their largest lead (47-33) of the game to that point.
A three-point play by Inge with 13:16 remaining boosted the advantage to 56-41 and six more points from the diminutive one gave the Mustangs a 66-49 cushion with 9:31 remaining. The last two of those points sparked a 5-0 spurt that landed the club a 69-49 lead with 7:22 left to play.
On the ropes, the Warriors made one last rush and gave Coach Dan Waldeck and his team reason for concern down the stretch. Down 72-53 with 4:19 remaining, the Warriors outscored the Mustangs 14-2 over the next 1˝ minutes to pull within 74-67 on a Becky Buhler layup.
But, Inge put any hopes of a remarkable comeback to rest on her club’s next possession, drilling her third and final three-pointer of the evening to ignite a game-ending 7-0 run.
Inge went 7-13 from the field, including 3-4 from behind the arc, and 7-9 from the line for her game-high total. Joines joined Inge in double figures with 12 points, all of those coming on four treys. Schwegler and Brown grabbed 10 rebounds apiece but the Mustangs were outboarded 44-38.
The Mustangs now face a 10-day layoff before opening GSAC play at San Diego Christian on November 23.