Brooke Bailey figured enough was enough.
After watching 16th-ranked Menlo College rally time and again in the fourth quarter to tie the game, TMU’s sophomore wing took matters into her own hands down the stretch to deliver a 55-50 victory over the Oaks on Saturday afternoon on the San Francisco Peninsula.
With the game even at 50 with less than a minute to play, Bailey sank a couple of free throws to put the Mustangs in front.
Then, with 16 seconds remaining, she calmly swished two more charity tosses and then added one more with five ticks left on the clock to close out the win.
The victory avenged a Jan. 4 loss to the Oaks and moved the Mustangs (15-6 overall, 5-4 in Golden State Athletic Conference) into a fourth-place tie with Menlo in conference play.
“I’m thrilled for the girls,” said TMU Coach Dan Waldeck. “We’ve been working so hard on defense, so to see them win another game on the road against a great team is outstanding.”
Bailey, who tied teammate Anika Neuman for game-high scoring honors with 16 points, was just as productive earlier in the final quarter. She snapped one tie (44-all) with two free throws and then another (46-all) with a 3-pointer.
Much earlier, Neuman sparked the Mustangs, scoring seven first-quarter points as the Mustangs surged to an 18-10 lead after the opening 10 minutes.
In that window, Neuman scored TMU’s first two points of the game, tied the contest at 7-all with a shot from behind the arc, and converted a layup as part of an 11-0 run.
Menlo reversed course in the second stanza, tearing off the first seven points and then moving ahead 21-20 with 2:43 remaining in the half as TMU managed just three points in over eight minutes.
The Oaks led at halftime 25-24.
Both clubs struggled from the field in the first half as TMU shot at a 32 percent clip while Menlo converted almost 35 percent of its shots.
Menlo heated up early in the third quarter, hitting its first three shots on the way to its largest lead (35-30) of the afternoon.
Bailey, who tallied 13 points in the second half, sliced three points off the deficit with a 3-pointer to start an 8-2 quarter-ending burst that Sabrina Thompson capped with a jumper to send the Mustangs into the final period up 38-37.
And, it was only a matter of time before Bailey took over for good.
To go along with her 16 points, Neuman also took down a team-high six rebounds.
Hannah Forrar added nine points while Thompson tossed in seven more and dished out a game-high five assists.
Returning from the weekend in Northern California, the Mustangs will resume GSAC play on Thursday when they host San Diego Christian in a 5:30 p.m. start on Bross Court.
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