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Out of the Storm, into the W Column

Posted: January 27, 2008 5:16 a.m.
Updated: March 29, 2008 2:01 a.m.
The Master's College women's basketball team broke out of its two-game slump, defeating San Diego Christian College in a decisive 72-36 blowout at Bross Gym Saturday.

The game featured the return of Ken Sugarman after a two-game absence in which his team went 0-2.
"Just glad to be back," said Sugarman of his return. "We went through a little bit of a stormy time. Kind of like we've had in Santa Clarita here lately with the weather, but I think we're coming out the other end with it."
A strong start by junior Amanda Durocher quickly got the Mustangs (13-5, 5-4) rolling. Back-to-back 3 pointers and a steal that ended in a fast break finish gave the Mustangs and Durocher the first eight points of the game.
"Once you get one you feel like you can just keep going." Durocher said. "That definitely helped a lot."
The Mustangs built their lead to as high as 17-2 before Courtney Ash hit the Hawks' first field goal of the game with 12:30 left in the first half.
A layup by Hawks' Kelli Camping would be the last basket scored by San Diego in the first half and well into the second half.
Two free throws by Teresa Fukumoto sent the Mustangs into the half with a comfortable 40-22 lead.
The defensive effort of the Mustangs carried over into the second half. The Hawks were held scoreless in the second half until Tynisha Utz scored with 9:30 left in the game to cut the Mustangs' lead to 55-24.
"College basketball, any level, you're not going to win doing that," Hawks' assistant coach Ryan Dillon said. "This is the second game in a row where we've had a problem with scoring."
The frustration carried over to the San Diego bench as head coach Kelsey Dillon received a technical with 9:03 left in the game.
"We didn't feel like we were getting a lot of calls over the back," said Dillon of the head coach. "She just made it known."
The Mustangs had no trouble closing out the game as they outscored San Diego 32-14 in the second half.
The Master's College used a lot of full court press defense forcing San Diego into 18 first half turnovers and 31 in the game.
"We just weren't being strong with the ball," Dillon said. "We were letting their pressure dictate what we did."
The Master's College finished 9-for-18 from 3-point range. San Diego struggled shooting 5-for-21 from behind the arc.
Turnovers proved a factor as the Mustangs scored 30 points off of turnovers. They finished with 17 steals in the game.
Durocher finished with 13 points in the game and shot 3-for-5 from behind the arc. Annie Gillespie added 12 points and four steals, while Jenni Ritter scored 11 points and grabbed six boards.
Ash was the only Hawk to score in double digits with 12 points, but had seven turnovers in the game.
The Hawks made only five field goals in the second half.
The Mustangs will host Westmont on Tuesday at 5:30 p.m.


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