December 14, 2017
It's remarkable how just a few possessions can change the destiny of a game.
Especially when those trips up and down the court feature defensive stops and turnovers, and game-changing three-pointers.
That's what happened Thursday evening on Bross Court when The Master's University turned six turnovers and a trio of trifectas into a decisive third-quarter spurt that propelled the Mustangs to a 71-53 win over Evangel of Missouri.
"We played frantic in the first half," said head coach Dan Waldeck. "We settled down in the second half and pulled away. It's a great way to head into the break."
That composed tempo forced Crusader turnovers which led to great opportunities at the other end. Sophomore Brooke Bailey took advantage, draining consecutive threes to spark a 15-2 run that turned a deficit into a blowout.
Bailey had eight points in the third quarter and the Mustangs led 51-40 heading into the fourth.
Bailey initiated the final stanza with her third and final trey of the evening and the Mustangs were off and running again. It fueled a 17-6 burst that Hannah Ostrom capped with a three-pointer at the 3:03 mark for a 68-48 advantage.
The 15th-ranked Mustangs cruised the rest of the way to their ninth win (9-2) of the season.
The Mustangs' second-half play was a polar opposite of the opening 20 minutes when poor shooting and turnovers kept the Crusaders in the game.
Both teams shot just 39% from the field in the first half and Evangel led at the break 31-30.
The Mustangs hiked that accuracy to over 50% in the second half and finished the game at 45%.
Ostrom was highly efficient once again, pouring in a team-high 16 points on 5-10 fro the field (3-6 from behind the arc) to go along with eight rebounds.
Bailey tossed in 15 more while Rebekah Throns, who tied Ostrom for team-high rebounding honors with caroms, and Jamilee Iddings had 10 apiece.
With finals week and a victory behind them, the Mustangs head into an elongated break that keeps them off the court until the GSAC opener against Menlo on January 4.