|Griffins Go Legendary On Mustangs|
According to Wikipedia, a griffin is a legendary creature with the body of a lion and the head and wings of an eagle.
Saturday evening in Salt Lake City the contemporary Griffins of Westminster College powered their way through and then flew by The Master’s College, dealing the Mustangs (5-1) their first defeat of the season, 87-76, on the second day of the Griffin Invitational.
The hosts displayed the stuff of legends early. After falling behind 6-4 (the Mustangs’ only lead of the evening), the Griffins reeled off 15 of the game’s next 17 points to go up 19-8 with just under 14 minutes left in the first half.
To their credit, the Mustangs did not fold as they tore off seven straight points to pull within 19-15 just over two minutes later. An Erica Inge three-pointer ignited the burst, Lauren Labat added a jumper, and Morgan Schwegler finished it off at the line with two free throws.
But, the Mustangs could get no closer. Westminster extended their advantage back to nine points and the Mustangs did respond again, closing to 24-20 on an Ella Joines’ layup at the 7:46 mark, but the Griffins flew away over the next four minutes. Using a 15-4 run in that span, the hosts turned a close game into a runaway, taking control at 37-24 with 3:30 left in the half.
It didn’t get any better for the Mustangs, at least right away. A Labat three-pointer put an end to the burst but the Griffins went back at it again, ripping off an 11-3 burst down the stretch and taking a 50-30 lead into the locker room.
The difference came inside where the Griffins outscored the Mustangs 24-12 over the opening 20 minutes en route to a 56% shooting effort. Meanwhile, the Mustangs converted just 33% of their shots.
Not much changed during the first seven minutes of the second half as the Griffins continued to expand their advantage, eventually going up by a game-high 29 points (67-38) with 12:53 left to play.
The Mustangs, fueled by a pair of Zoe Scott trifectas, used a brief, 10-2 spurt to close to 69-48 but the Griffins answered and pushed the margin back to 79-55 with just under seven minutes remaining.
Although the game was essentially over by this point, the Mustangs continued to play hard the rest of the way, closing the game out on a 16-4 run. An Inge jumper got the club going, she also added consecutive baskets during the streak, and Joines drained a trey.
Inge finished up with a game-high 25 points on 10-13 shooting from the field. Playing her best game of the year, Schwegler notched her first collegiate double-double with 12 points and 12 rebounds, and Scott chipped in with 12 points, all of those coming on four (4-8) three-pointers.
After splitting two games in Salt Lake City, the Mustangs return to Southern California and GSAC play on Tuesday evening when they play at Fresno Pacific.