The Master’s University forward Bianca Cubello checked back in to a two-point game Wednesday night and jogged over to her teammates.
“We got to get a stop,” she said around the 7:30 mark in the second quarter.
“We were already talking about it,” they answered.
The Mustangs proceeded to hold San Diego Christian without a field goal for more than seven minutes in the second frame, outscoring the Hawks by 14 to build a comfortable halftime lead in a 64-38 Golden State Athletic Conference win at home.
“We all came together and thought, ‘How do we stop them?’” Cubello said. “’We know how to stop them. We know what they’re doing, so go all out.’”
Cubello recorded a double-double with 10 points and 11 rebounds, while Jamilee Iddings added 10 points.
Megan Lindsley, Hannah Forrar and Ashley Bartow each scored eight points for the Mustangs (15-6 overall, 5-5 in GSAC), who might be at or near the top of the GSAC— instead of in fifth place entering Wednesday — if not for a string of close losses.
TMU, ranked No. 21 in NAIA Division 1, has lost three conference road games in overtime and dropped one at home by three to No. 3 Westmont.
“We’re this close to being top of the league,” said TMU coach Dan Waldeck, whose team has six conference games left. “We’re not (there). I’m not mistaken. … (But) we know how good we can be.”
The Mustangs were better than good in the second quarter Wednesday, holding the Hawks (13-9, 3-8) to 0-for-11 shooting during the pivotal stretch.
“We guarded, made it tough for them to get easy shots and contested,” said Waldeck, who feels his young team has defended better as conference has unfolded. Cubello believes there’s no telling where that progression may end.
“There’s no glass ceiling,” she said. “We can just punch through it.”