TMU Insider: Mustangs hand the Hawks two losses

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The Master’s University women’s basketball team beat San Diego Christian, 71-57, on the road Wednesday night in a Golden State Athletic Conference game.

The Mustangs (11-4 overall, 2-3 in GSAC) led by just one at halftime but used a strong fourth quarter to pull away for the comfortable win.

Ashley Bartow led TMU in scoring with 17 points. Kelly Burns followed with 14 points and Hannah Ostrom added 11 points.

Bianca Cubello scored seven points for TMU, which had earned its first Golden State Athletic Conference victory of the 2016-17 campaign Saturday after beating Hope International 76-47 on TMU’s Bross Court.

Cubello finished Saturday’s game by earning her sixth double-double of the season, grabbing 13 boards and scoring 12 points. Megan Lindsley and Bartow each scored 10 points. Sabrina Thompson led TMU with five assists, while Bartow, Aubrey Bekendam, and Burns, each tallied three steals.

Men’s basketball

TMU 81, San Diego Christian 74

The Mustangs improved to 13-3 overall and 2-3 in the Golden State Athletic Conference with their win over San Diego Christian on Wednesday night on the road.

TMU’s Delewis Johnson. Photo courtesy Dhon Whellons

Last week, TMU suffered a pair of losses to Biola and Hope International before beating NCAA Division II Humboldt State on Monday.

Last Tuesday, the NAIA 21st-ranked Mustangs narrowly fell to No. 3 Biola 66-64 in La Mirada. TMU’s Travis Yenor wound up going 5-of-11 from behind the arc en route to his team-high 19 points. Teammates Hansel Atencia and Reid Shackelford joined Yenor by scoring in double figures with 16 and 11 points, respectively.

Then, on Saturday, the Mustangs fell to Hope International 88-56 on Bross Court. Delewis Johnson and Yenor shared team-high scoring honors with 11 points apiece while Lawrence Russell pulled down a team-high eight rebounds.

Finally, on Monday, Johnson came off the bench to score a career-high 26 points in TMU’s 83-73 victory over Humboldt State. The Mustangs are undefeated (11-0) in non-conference play.

Head coach Kelvin Starr recognized the timeliness of the victory, saying, “It was a great bounce-back win for us against a great offensive team. Our effort was back to where it should be for 40 minutes.”

Shackelford had 16 points. Russell put together another solid all-around game, scoring 14 points while posting game-highs with nine rebounds, five assists, and three steals. Timothy Soares had 10 points and seven rebounds, and Evan Jenkins played strong defense and threw in 10 points.

TMU Winter 5k

The Master’s University cross country and track and field programs will be hosting their annual Winter 5K on Saturday at 9 a.m.

Registration costs $30. Participants are able to register on the day of the race between 7:00 a.m. and 8:00 a.m.

The Master’s University Winter 5K takes place in the neighborhood surrounding TMU. The course will start and finish on Reese Field and will feed into the Quigley Canyon Open Space. This scenic trail welcomes runners of all ability levels as it is almost 100 percent flat with some winding turns. Please note that strollers are not permitted on the course.

The first male and female finishers of the race will receive a free pair of shoes from Running Warehouse. Also, the top finishers of each age division will receive a $10 gift certificate to Running Warehouse. Age Divisions are divided as follows: 0-13, 14-19, 20-29, 30-39, 40-49, 50-59, 60-69 and 70 and above.

For more information, contact TMU’s cross country and track coach, Zach Schroeder, at 661-362-2774 or email him at [email protected]

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