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TMC men's and women's hoops continue success

Mustangs, Lady Mustangs both 12-3 to start season

Posted: January 12, 2014 11:19 p.m.
Updated: January 12, 2014 11:19 p.m.

Men’s and women’s basketball continued to take the spotlight at The Master’s College last week as both squads tuned up for Golden State Athletic Conference play with non-conference games that extended a winning streak for one and brought an end to another.

Something had to give last Tuesday evening when the men’s team and No. 4 Cal State San Marcos brought eight-game winning skeins into a mid-season showdown.  The Master’s bolted to a 37-36 halftime lead but then found out why the Cougars were breathing the rarified air of national prominence as the hosts outscored the Mustangs 54-30 in the second half to post a 90-67 win.

Juniors Derrick Fain and Zach Stalin paced the Mustangs with 12 points apiece while senior Jason Logan notched his third double-double of the year with 10 points and a game-high 10 rebounds.

 Four nights later, the Mustangs moved back into the win column (12-3) as junior Dominique Lanier scored the go-ahead basket with five minutes left to play and fellow junior Korey Anderson came off the bench to post a career-high 15 points, leading the squad to a 77-68 victory over pesky La Sierra.

 With the non-conference portion of the schedule behind them, the Mustangs now turn their attention to GSAC play where they’ll match up with Hope International on Tuesday evening in Fullerton.  The Royals are coming off a 2012-13 campaign that featured a 26-8 record, a second-place finish in the conference, and a berth in the NAIA National Tournament.

 The ninth-ranked Lady Mustangs had only game during the week and it was a record-breaker as they rolled to a 95-50 rout of La Sierra on Thursday evening, running its record to 12-3 with their seventh consecutive victory. 

 Senior sharpshooter Zoe Scott, who entered the game one three-pointer behind former All-American and now-assistant Kinsley Goeman’s (Mittel) career record of 199, broke the record with just under five minutes left in the first half.  She finished the game 3-7 from behind the arc and is now the program’s all-time three-pointer shooter with 201 and counting.

 Scott’s personal accomplishment was part of a larger team feat as the Mustangs set single-game standards with 16 trifectas and 36 attempts from behind the arc. Sophomore Nicole Nitake and freshman Megan Lindsley drained five three-pointers apiece to spearhead the record-breaking effort.

 Now, the Mustangs turn their attention to the most important part of the season.  They open GSAC action on Tuesday evening in Fullerton against No. 24 Hope International in a battle of nationally-ranked squads.

 While the basketball teams are right in the middle of their schedules, the baseball season is right around the corner.  Piloted by GSAC Coach of the Year Monte Brooks and led by first-team All-American Steve Karkenny, the Mustangs, ranked No. 12 in the NAIA preseason poll, embark on the 2014 campaign this next weekend when they travel to Redding to take on Simpson University in a three-game series.


Last year, the Mustangs put together the finest season in program history, highlighted by the most wins in team annals (44-17), the highest Top 25 ranking (No. 5 ) ever, the rare double of winning both the GSAC regular-season and tournament championships, and qualifying for the NAIA World Series for the second time in school history.





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