In a thrilling double overtime performance, The Master’s College women’s basketball team topped the fourth-ranked Westminster College Griffins 92-84 Saturday night at Bross Court.
“Our team is showing great resolve to win tough games,” assessed Lady Mustang Dan Waldeck. “’Will’ is an intangible that this team has. Westminster is an outstanding team, and they made an amazing comeback to force overtime. But, the character that our team showed when things got tough proved once again why I love coaching these ladies.”
The victory, in the fourth and final game of the 2013 Jersey Mike’s Holiday Classic, lifted the 12th-ranked Lady Mustangs’ 2013-14 record to 10-3.
On top of winning their second double overtime game this season, the Lady Mustangs have now defeated the Griffins twice since 2012. On November 8, 2012, TMC upset a then-No. 5 ranked Westminster 73-62 in Salt Lake City, Utah.
This year’s showing started off with both squads exchanging leads within the initial five minutes before Zoe Scott (Spokane, WA) scored a go-ahead three-pointer that put TMC up 11-10. From there, the Lady Mustangs managed to maintain a minimal lead for the rest of the half, going into the break with a 36-31 advantage.
At the break, TMC went 15-30 (50%) from the field, 5-13 (38%) behind the arc, and 1-2 (50%) from the charity stripe. 14 of the Lady Mustangs 36 points came in the paint.
In the second half, TMC maintained a solid lead for the entirety of the stanza until Westminster’s Tia Pappas drained a miraculous three-pointer with three seconds left to play, bringing the score to 68-68 and forcing a first overtime.
But the first overtime featured Westminster turning the tables on TMC and maintaining the lead until Shannon Kingery (West Hills, CA), drained a jumper and tied the score at 76-76, forcing the second overtime.
After changing leads a handful of time in the opening moments of the second overtime, Nicole Nitake (Torrance, CA) put TMC up off a three-pointer, sparking an 8-3 run which closed things at 92-84.
Whitney Best led TMC in scoring with 18 points, while Jacquelyn Marshall produced the Lady Mustangs’ lone double-double by scoring 15 points and bringing down 18 rebounds. Nitake tallied 15 points while Scott chipped in 12 more. As a team, TMC went 31-67 (46%) from the field, 12-31 (38%) behind the arc, and 18-28 (64%) on free throws.
Now, the Lady Mustangs will enjoy seven days off before returning to Bross Court on Saturday, January 4, in a 5:30 p.m. game against CSU San Marcos.