|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.