|Mustangs Win By An Inge|
Erica Inge poured in a career-high 31 points, including 19 in a scintillating first half, and fueled The Master’s College to a thrilling, 103-100 victory over host San Diego Christian Tuesday evening in the GSAC opener for both clubs.
Coupled with a game-high nine assists, Inge was responsible for nearly 50 percent of the Mustangs’ output as the club ripped off its third straight win to open the 2010-11 campaign. In addition, her layup with just under a minute left clinched the victory.
In a first half that featured 98 points, seven lead changes, and five ties, Inge gave the Mustangs their initial lead (15-12) with a layup at the 14:42 mark of the opening period. That advantage lasted all of about two minutes as the Hawks tore off six straight points to grab their largest lead of the half.
But, the Mustangs retaliated with an 8-3 run that put them in front for over five minutes until the Hawks went up 32-31 with 5:15 remaining in the first half. They were still ahead 35-33 when a Kimmy Iverson three-pointer ignited a half-closing, 20-10 burst for the Mustangs, who took a 53-45 lead into the break. Over the final five minutes, Inge went 10-10 from the line.
During the opening 20 minutes, the Mustangs were outshot 50%-48% from the field but went an eye-popping 21-23 from the line, including an 11-11 performance from Inge.
The prolific scoring continued into the second half and the Mustangs managed to hold onto a tenuous advantage until the Hawks knotted things up at 67 with 16:09 remaining. Eight seconds later, Ella Joines drained a three-pointer to put the Mustangs ahead again but the Hawks flew ahead 73-72 on two Brittany Robinson free throws with 14:26 left on the clock.
No more than three points separated the clubs for nearly seven minutes before the Hawks reeled off four straight points to take their biggest lead of the night, 90-85, at the 7:38 mark. But, it took all of 1:18 for the Mustangs to even things up as freshman Lindsey Levanen sandwiched three free throws around an Inge layup.
And, the Mustangs weren’t done. Lena Rivera’s jumper with 6:06 left to play gave the Mustangs a two-point lead and when Inge tallied four straight points, the visitors had a 96-92 advantage. But, the Hawks roared back, tying the game at 98 on an Ashley Mason jumper with 2:50 remaining.
After stopping the Hawks on their next possession, the Mustangs got a couple of big offensive rebounds and Rivera made it pay off with a tie-snapping jumper at the 1:45 mark. The Mustangs came up big on defense again, stopping the Hawks and setting the stage for Inge’s insurance layup with just under a minute left.
The Hawks did get within two on a Mason layup with 18 ticks left on the clock and had a chance to send the game into overtime before Melissa Villalobos’ three-point attempt went awry with five seconds left.
In a second half that featured four lead changes and five ties, the Mustangs shot a sizzling 59% from the field, one percentage point better than the Hawks.
Inge had plenty of help as three teammates scored in double figures, highlighted by 18 points from Theresa Brown, who also grabbed a game-high tying nine rebounds. Rivera threw in 16 points and Joines chipped in with 12 more.
After a week off for the Thanksgiving holiday, the Mustangs are back in action on November 30 when they travel to Fullerton for a GSAC matchup with Hope International.