|What Brown Can Do For You|
Theresa Brown tallied 10 of her game-high 25 points in the final four minutes to rally The Masterís College past Hope International 74-72 Tuesday evening in Fullerton.
Brownís late-game heroics kept the Mustangs undefeated at 4-0 overall and 2-0 in GSAC play. The junior transfer went 9-14 from the field and 7-7 from the line en route to her career-best total and ripped down a team-high seven rebounds to boot.
Down 66-60 with 3:57 remaining, Brown started her closing barrage with a layup, added two free tosses and then another layup as the Mustangs closed to within four points three times. After freshman Zoe Scott drained a three-ball to make it a one-point game, Brown converted two more free throws to put the Mustangs ahead to stay and then capped off her big evening with a jumper in the paint for a 73-70 lead.
That gave the Mustangs just enough breathing room as Scott hit one of two free throws with 13 seconds left before Hopeís Kasey Philyaw missed a potential game-winning three-pointer at the buzzer.
The final, frantic minutes typified a game in which neither team led by more than six points. In addition, the contest featured 11 ties and 14 lead changes.
After falling behind 7-4 early, the Mustangs ripped off six straight points as Brown sandwiched a pair of buckets around an Erica Inge layup. The Mustangs held the lead for nearly eight minutes and enjoyed a 15-9 lead, their largest lead of the half, when Brown nailed a jumper at the 13:52 mark.
But, the host Royals were never too far away and they eventually regained the lead at 21-20 on a Philyaw basket with 8:18 left in the half. Inge retaliated quickly, throwing in a three-ball to put the Mustangs back in front and another trifecta, this one from Kimmy Iverson, gave the club a three-point edge with 6:22 remaining.
They held on until the Royals closed the half on a 7-2 run to take a 38-35 lead at intermission. Brown (11) and Inge (10) combined for 21 of the teamís first-half points as the Mustangs shot 41% from the field while the Royals were a few percentage points better at just under 46%.
Coming out of the break, the Mustangs struck quickly as Lena Rivera scored on a layup, Morgan Schwegler hit a jumper, and Rivera tossed in a three-ball to put the Mustangs back on top, 42-41. Although they stayed in front over the next five minutes, the Mustangs couldnít create much separation, leading by as much as five points (50-45) on a Lauren Labat jumper with 12:59 left in the game.
But, the Royals fought back again, tearing off five straight points in a 45-second span to knot the game and setting up a back-and-forth tussle the rest of the way. When Scott stroked a trifecta and Inge scored on a layup, the Mustangs went ahead 60-58 but the Royals reeled off eight straight points to take the six-point advantage that Brown almost single-handedly decimated down the stretch.
Inge and Scott offered excellent support for Brown. The former tallied 14 points while the latter had 13 points and six rebounds off the bench.
The Mustangs take a break from GSAC play this weekend when they travel to Salt Lake City for the Griffin Invitational at Westminster College. On Friday afternoon, the Mustangs take on Montana State-Northern and then tangle with host Westminster on Saturday.