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Mustangs Wing It By Hawks

In stark contrast to the first meeting between the two clubs back in November, The Masterís College took no prisoners Thursday evening, pounding San Diego Christian 85-49 in Bross Gym.

When the two clubs met just over two months ago, it was all offense in a 103-100 TMC win. But, in the rematch, one club played defense and the other didnít as the Mustangs recorded their second win in a row and moved to 7-5 (14-7 overall) in the GSAC, one-half game ahead of Westmont.

Although the two clubs wound up playing 40 minutes, this one was over in the first four as the Mustangs bolted to an 11-0 lead. Theresa Brown ignited the charge with a jumper, Erica Inge drained a pair of three-pointers, and Lena Rivera added three more points.

The Hawks made a small charge to pull within seven points (15-8) but a crushing, 15-1 run by the Mustangs all but sealed the win. During the run, Ella Joines sank two three-pointers and Brook Bekendam capped off the burst with another trey for a 30-9 cushion.

The Mustangs eventually led by as many as 27 points (44-17) and settled for a 44-19 lead at the break, shooting a nifty 61% from the field.

Pouring it on in the second half, the Mustangs were intent on not losing focus as they had in Tuesday nightís win over Hope International. An 11-2 spurt out of halftime, fueled and finished by a pair of Joinesí trifectas, pushed the lead to 55-23 at the 17:29 mark.

Showing some signs of life, the Hawks fought back, outscoring the Mustangs 9-2 over a 2:21 stretch to close the gap to 57-32 with just over 15 minutes left to play. That just seemed to focus the Mustangs a little bit better as they responded with a 10-4 skein that pushed the margin past the 30-point barrier (67-36) at the 11:24 mark. Lauren Labatís three-ball capped a run that featured four more points by Rivera.

Over the final five minutes, the advantage grew to as many as 40 points (a three-point play by Rivera) before the Mustangs cruised in for the win.

Rivera, who went 8-9 from the field and 5-6 from the line, tallied a season-high 21 points to go along with five assists, sharing game-high honors with Inge. Inge (16) was among three others to score in double figures along with Joines and Brown, who went for 12 points apiece. Brown led a resounding 51-28 advantage on the boards with a game-best 10 rebounds, notching yet another double-double.

After playing three games in six days, the Mustangs get some much-needed time off this weekend before playing the final contest of a four-game homestand next Tuesday against Fresno Pacific.

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