|Mustangs Turn Off The ‘Lights|
The Master’s College used a 21-6 run spanning both halves and cruised to a 72-54 win over Montana State-Northern Friday afternoon in a first-round game at the Griffin Invitational in Salt Lake City.
The win was the club’s fifth in a row to begin the 2010-11 campaign and is the best start in Coach Dan Waldeck’s two-plus years as head coach.
It wasn’t quite a wire-to-wire effort but once Ella Joines drained a three-pointer with 15:13 left in the first half to give the Mustangs a 9-7 lead, the club never trailed again. Over the next 13 minutes, the Mustangs enjoyed as much as a 14-point lead before the Skylights closed with a late rush to make it close at halftime.
Up 9-8 at the 14:53 mark, the Mustangs blitzed the Skylights over the next seven minutes, outscoring them 17-4 to open up that 14-point advantage. Zoe Scott’s three-point play keyed the burst and Morgan Schwegler capped it off with a jumper for a 26-12 lead.
The ‘Lights responded with a spurt of their own over a five-minute span, piecing together a 16-5 run to close to 31-28 with 2:40 left in the half. But Inge sandwiched a layup and two free throws around a Theresa Brown charity toss to send the Mustangs to the break up 36-30.
Inge had 12 points and four steals at halftime and the Mustangs turned 13 Skylight turnovers into 16 points, shooting 42% from the field.
Inge kept the half-bridging run going into the second period, converting a pair of free throws 31 seconds into play. Lena Rivera and Joines drilled three-balls over the next few minutes and when Schwegler dropped in a jumper at the 13:22 mark, the Mustangs had their largest lead (54-36) up to that point.
This time there would be no response from Montana State-Northern as the Mustangs continued to pour it on, holding the Skylights scoreless during a 5˝-minute stretch to go up 63-40 on a Lauren Labat jumper with 7:24 left to play. Scott fueled a 7-0 run with a layup and Labat finished it off.
There was still more than seven minutes left to play but it was over at this point. The lead ballooned to as many as 26 (68-42) points before the Mustangs pulled back on the throttle down the stretch.
The Mustangs shot a solid 54% from the field in the second half and finished at 47.5% for the game. They limited the Skylights to 36.7% accuracy in the final half and 39.6% for the game.
Inge paced all scorers with 16 points and got double-figure help from Joines and Scott, who chipped in with 11 points apiece. Brown added eight points and snared a game-high seven rebounds.
The Mustangs conclude their brief time in Utah on Saturday when they play host Westminster at 4:30pm.