March 14, 2017
SANTA CLARITA, Calif. -- Before The Master's University women's basketball team takes on Our Lady of the Lake (TX) on Wednesday at 8:45 p.m. (PDT) in the first round of the 37th Annual Division I Women's Basketball National Championship at the Rimrock Auto Arena in Billings, Montana, here's all you need to know about the Mustangs...
TEAM...The Mustangs are making their fifth straight national tournament appearance and their twelfth overall…entering the tournament with a 22-8 record, the Mustangs posted their twelfth 20-win season in program history…the team earned a preseason No. 14 ranking and finished the regular season at No. 17 …the Mustangs are ninth in the country in free throw percentage (74.7%) and 10th in scoring defense (56.5ppg).
In their previous eleven trips to the national tournament the Mustangs have a combined 7-11 record…they lost first-round contests to Oklahoma Baptist in 1999 and Dillard (LA) in 2001…in 2003 they beat Pikeville (KY) and lost to the University of Science & Arts (OK)…in 2005 they defeated Oklahoma Baptist before falling to Georgetown(KY)…in 2006 they advanced to the final four for the first time in school history before falling to eventual national champion Union (TN)…in 2007 they lost to Union in the first round…in 2008 they fell to Union in the round of 16…in 2013, the Mustangs dropped a first-round game to Carroll (MT) and in 2014 they fell to Bethel (TN) in the first round…in 2015, the Mustangs lost in the first round to Shawnee State (OH)…last year, the Mustangs beat Loyola (LA) in a first-round game before losing to Campbellsville (KY) in the round of 16.
INDIVIDUALS...Three-time All-GSAC senior post Bianca Cubello (Riverside, CA) leads the club in scoring (12.9ppg), field goal percentage (51.1%), free throws made, (101), free throw percentage (81.5%), rebounding (248, 8.3rpg), assists (2.3apg), steals (38), and blocked shots (67)…she has scored in double figures 23 times, highlighted by a season-high 23 points at Cal Lutheran on 11/22/16…surpassed the 1000-career point plateau this year and is currently No. 9 on the program’s all-time scoring list with 1,273 points…she has notched eight double-doubles and has pulled down 10 or more rebounds on nine occasions…grabbed a season-best 17 rebounds against Goshen on 12/31/16.
Senior guard Megan Lindsley (Vancouver, WA), an All-GSAC selection for the third year in a row, is averaging 10ppg and was second on the team with 44 three-pointers…was third on club with 59 assists…she has tallied in double figures 16 times, scoring a season-high 21 points at Arizona Christian on 12/10/16...she is No. 8 on the program’s all-time scoring list with 1,321 points…drained a season-high five three-pointers against Arizona Christian in a GSAC Tournament first-round game on 3/3/17…dished out a season-high five assists at Hope International on 2/9/17.
In addition, the Mustangs received outstanding play from senior Ashley Bartow (Sun Prairie, WI), and freshman Hannah Ostrom (Lexington, NE)…Bartow transitioned seamlessly to a “sixth man” role, contributing 10.2ppg and 4.9rpg off the bench…Ostrom enjoyed a very productive freshman campaign, starting 25 times and averaging 8.9ppg, and leading the team with 46 three-pointers.
COACHING...In his ninth season at the helm, Coach Dan Waldeck brings his fifth squad of Lady Mustangs to the national tournament after they finished fourth in the GSAC and as the runner-up in the conference tournament while posting their fifth consecutive 20-win plus season…his current record is 180-96 (.652).
Follow TMU...The first 30 games of the national championship will be video-streamed live at www.NAIANetwork.com, the NAIA’s official video platform powered by Stretch Internet. The championship final is distributed on ESPN3 for the fourth-straight season on March 21 at 7 p.m. Live stats can be accessed here.