|Lewis-Clark Blazes Trail Past Mustangs|
Just as their namesakes did over 200 years ago, the Lady Warriors of Lewis-Clark State of Idaho dared to venture west this week in search of major achievements. Although the results were not as dramatic as the ones of two centuries ago, the No. 3 Warriors still succeeded emphatically, showing that they were the class of the Biola Holiday Classic field, sweeping through three opponents.
Their final victim on Thursday evening was The Master’s College. Leading almost wire-to-wire, the Warriors (14-1) snapped the Mustangs’ four-game winning streak 83-71, handing TMC its first loss in the three-day classic and dropping them to 10-3 on the season.
The Mustangs led only once and that was at 3-0 when Lena Rivera’s three-pointer produced the first points of the contest. Moments later, the Warriors started off on a 14-3 run that put them ahead for good. Showing some resilience, the Mustangs fought back with five consecutive points to pull within 14-11 but the Warriors kept them at bay and gradually pulled away. The Mustangs never got closer than seven points the rest of the way.
The lead reached double figures (29-19) at the 4:07 mark of the first half and the Warriors used a 14-5 burst over the final 3:32 to take a 43-24 lead into halftime. The Mustangs shot just 26% from the field in the opening half while the Warriors converted at a 45% clip.
Affirming their lofty national status, the Warriors continued to pour it on in the second half. The Mustangs offered several glimpses of hope over the final 20 minutes but each time they made significant progress, the Warriors snuffed out the dream.
The margin hovered around the 20-point mark during the first eight minutes of the second half with the Warriors enjoying their largest lead at 51-28. The Mustangs closed to 59-45 on an Erica Inge layup with 11:52 left to play but the Warriors answered with a 6-0 spurt. Inge’s bucket was part of 12 straight points by the senior guard that kept the Mustangs from being completely blown out. She finished with a game-high 27 points.
A Morgan Schwegler jumper with 9:37 remaining made it a 13-point game but the Warriors pushed it back to 17 just over a minute later. Lindsey Levanen’s free throw with 2:25 left cut the deficit to 11 points (74-63) but by then it was too late as the Mustangs fought valiantly to the finish.
In defeat, Inge was absolutely brilliant, displaying her All-American skills to one of the nation’s best squads. Beside her game-high point production, she also grabbed seven rebounds and handed out a team-high five assists. Rivera and Ella Joines, the only other Mustangs in double figures, added 12 points apiece.
After three games in as many days, the Mustangs get a well-deserved break over the New Year holiday to prepare for the resumption of GSAC play on January 4 when they’ll host No. 7 Biola in a 5:30pm start in Bross Gym.