|La Sierra Suffers Brown-Out|
Theresa Brown notched her first double-double for The Master’s College, leading the Mustangs to an easy 89-66 shellacking of La Sierra Wednesday afternoon on the second day of the Biola Holiday Classic in La Mirada.
Brown, a junior transfer from Oregon's Lane Community College, posted game-highs of 21 points and 15 rebounds as the Mustangs turned a closely-played, first-half contest into a runaway. The victory, the club’s fourth in a row, was a far cry from Tuesday’s nail-biter against William Jessup and upped the Mustangs’ record to 10-2.
It appeared, at least through the first three minutes, that the Mustangs were going to turn this one into a laugher, scoring the game’s first eight points. Consecutive three-pointers from Ella Joines and Lena Rivera fueled the run and Morgan Schwegler’s two free throws capped off the 8-0 start.
But, the Golden Eagles, who missed their first five shots, found the range and duplicated the Mustangs’ spurt to tie the game at eight with 15:52 left in the opening half. La Sierra kept on going, too, extending the run to 13-2 and a three-point lead just over a minute later.
Rocked back on their heels, the Mustangs bounced back with buckets from Erica Inge and Kimmy Iverson to reclaim the lead. Then, with just under ten minutes left in the first half, the Mustangs started a streak that changed the game for good.
Up 18-16, Rivera ignited a 10-0 burst over a two-minute span with a layup to extend the Mustang lead to a dozen points. Inge contributed six points to the spurt and Joines completed the decisive run with two free throws at the 7:36 mark.
The Mustangs continued to add to their advantage, taking it to a half-high 43-25 cushion on a Brown jumper with 1:04 left in the half. That was part of six consecutive points by the Mustang post who led her team to a 45-28 lead at intermission.
Brown, who led all scorers at the break with 10 points, was a beast on the boards, too, collecting 12 rebounds in as many minutes of action. The Mustangs shot just 40.5% from the field in the first half but forced 13 La Sierra turnovers and outrebounded the Golden Eagles 30-18.
It was more of the same over the final 20 minutes as the Mustangs never let the foot off the pedal. They started with a 17-5 run over the first 4:15, lengthening the lead to 29 (62-33) points on an Inge free throw.
The Eagles showed signs of life with a 10-0 burst to cut the deficit to 62-43 with 13:39 left but the Mustangs cut off any hope over the next eight minutes, taking the advantage out to 78-52 when Brown poured in six consecutive points. The Mustangs led by as many as 29 points twice (85-56, 89-60) and cruised to the finish line.
Brown did the bulk of her damage on 9-15 shooting from the field. Six of her rebounds came at the offensive end. Four other Mustangs tallied in double figures, including Joines who had 15. Rivera added a dozen more while Inge, who also dished out a game-high six assists, and Zoe Scott chipped in with 10 points apiece.
Saving the best and toughest for last, the Mustangs conclude play in the Biola Holiday Classic on Thursday when they test No. 3 Lewis-Clark State of Idaho. On Tuesday, the Warriors defeated eighth-ranked Azusa Pacific 72-62.