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’Stangs pound Hawks by 35

The Master’s College snaps skid by cranking up defensive intensity

Posted: February 8, 2009 1:57 a.m.
Updated: February 8, 2009 4:55 a.m.
The Master's College womens basketball team emphatically got back in the win column on Saturday night at Bross Gym, beating San Diego Christian College 76-41 and breaking its five-game losing streak.

The Mustangs (11-11, 6-7) did not allow the Hawks (4-17, 1-12) a basket for nearly 10 minutes, scoring 25 unanswered points at the end of the first half and into the second half.

"We had really been stressing that if we were going to turn this one around, it is going to have to be starting at the defensive end," said TMC head coach Dan Waldeck. "Tonight, we definitely made a step in the right direction."

Mustangs forward Jenna Reed was one such player who stepped up on defense, recording four blocks and a steal as her team held SDCC to 22.2 percent shooting from the floor.

Reed put up 10 points, nine rebounds and a pair of assists.

Amanda Durocher led the Mustangs in scoring with 16 points, including four 3-pointers, while Stacy Nanninga posted yet another double-double with 13 points and 13 boards.

The two teams started the game with even play, but TMC started to pull away midway through the half.

The Mustangs exploited SDCC's turnovers, scoring 16 points in transition before halftime.

The second frame saw more the same as TMC controlled the ball and the tempo.

With 4:31 left to play, the Mustangs' lead ballooned to 38 points.

The lone bright spot in the game for the Hawks was the play of senior guard Dorchella James, who scored 15 points to go along with eight rebounds and two blocks.

"Bottom line is, we need a couple more players," said SDCC head coach Kelsey Dillon. "We have some young players that play a lot of minutes, and when stuff starts going bad, they keep going bad for us and we need to learn how to get over it and fight through."

In comparison, the Mustangs got great play from their bench.

Jenni Ritter, who sparked TMC's 25-0 run with a series of plays, scored seven points and four assists.

First she stole the ball and took it the other way for two. Then Ritter worked a give-and-go with Nanninga in front of the basket on the ensuing possession.

The Hawks proceeded to take the ball up the court and when they missed the shot, Ritter got the offensive board and threw the outlet pass to Brook Bekendam who made the easy layup.

Bekendam scored six points off 3-for-3 shooting.

Sophomore guard Erica Inge posted 13 points and five assists.

"It is one step at a time for us," Waldeck said. "We need to get some success against a middle-of-the-road team in the conference, then a top team."

The next step is on Tuesday when The Mustangs host Concordia at 5:30 p.m. at Bross Gym.


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