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TMC Insider: Hoops season down to wire

Posted: February 23, 2014 10:18 p.m.
Updated: February 23, 2014 10:18 p.m.

It was another great week of competition in The Mater’s College athletic department as men’s and women’s basketball won their home games against Westmont College and San Diego Christian. Mustangs baseball won its series against Arizona Christian, while the women’s indoor track and field team posted tremendous marks at the 18th annual CMS Rossi Relays.

Women’s Basketball

Shaking off last Saturday’s stunning 74-62 loss against Biola, The Master’s College women’s basketball team got back to its winning ways with a 68-46 victory over the NAIA ninth-ranked Westmont Warriors Tuesday night at Bross Court.

On Saturday, the seventh-ranked Lady Mustangs lifted their 2013-14 record to 21-6 and 9-3 in Golden State Athletic Conference play with a 65-55 victory over San Diego Christian.

Now, the Lady Mustangs look to close out their conference schedule against two NAIA Top-25 teams: No. 1 Vanguard and No. 14 Hope International.

On Tuesday, the Lady Mustangs will travel to Costa Mesa to face the NAIA’s top ranked Vanguard University (23-0, 9-0 GSAC). On Saturday, TMC will host Hope International.

Both games are set for 5:30 p.m. starts.

Men’s Basketball

The men’s basketball team has chosen the right time of the year to start peaking. Twelve days away from the start of the GSAC Tournament, the Mustangs are playing their best basketball of the season.

More evidence of that came Saturday evening when the club turned in its best defensive performance of the campaign in a 61-45 throttling of San Diego Christian. Last Tuesday, the Mustangs outlasted Westmont 85-84 in double overtime at The MacArthur Center. The victories gave TMC a four-game winning streak and pulled the squad into a four-way tie for third place in the GSAC where they own a 6-6 record (18-9 overall), one game behind second-place Arizona Christian.

Heading into the final two games of the regular season, the Mustangs have a real shot at finishing fourth or higher, a spot that would guarantee them a first-round home game in the GSAC Tournament that commences on March 6.

Next up for the Mustangs is a return match with front-running and ninth-ranked Vanguard on Tuesday evening in Costa Mesa.

The Lions, who beat the Mustangs 77-56 on Feb. 4, hold a two-game lead in the GSAC. Tipoff is set for 7:30 p.m.


On Friday, Tyler Krahn’s groundout in the fifth inning put The Master’s College baseball team ahead for good and brothers Jason and Steve Karkenny combined for five strong innings as the 12th-ranked Mustangs outlasted Arizona Christian 8-6 in the first of a three-game series.

The next day, Tucker Richardson hurled 6 2/3 innings of shutout ball, allowing the Mustangs to bounce back from a shocking game one loss. TMC blanked the Firestorm 3-0 in the nightcap, salvaging a doubleheader split and winning another GSAC series.

Saturday’s split was the club’s third of the season, and its seventh series win of the campaign boosted TMC’s record to 19-3 overall and 12-3 in the GSAC. However, their lead in the conference standings shrunk to a 1 1/2 games after San Diego Christian swept Vanguard.

Next weekend, the Mustangs will return to action when Menlo visits for a pair of non-conference doubleheaders on Friday and Saturday. The first pitch on Friday will be thrown at 11:45 a.m.

Women’s Indoor Track

In its second (and final) indoor track meet of the season, The Master’s College women’s indoor track team posted tremendous marks at the 18th annual CMS Rossi Relays.

In the 100-meter event, Ayla Draper won her heat with a final time of 13.11 seconds.

Micayla Frankian completed the 3,000 meter run 17th overall with a final time of 10:47.66, setting a new personal record along the way. Charity Schroeder finished the event 20th overall in 10:53.85, while Jessica Hawley rounded things off with a final time of 12:45.56.

In the women’s 4x800 meter race, the Lady Mustangs finished the event sixth of 17 teams with a final time of 9:48.41.

Finally, TMC’s distance medley team finished second overall with a final time of 12:11.34.

Now, the Lady Mustangs will focus their attention on the outdoor track season. Next weekend, both the men’s and women’s teams will compete at the Mangrum Invitational, which is outdoors.


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