SANTA CLARITA, Calif. – NAIA No. 11 Trevecca (6-4) lost 74-71 to No. 6 The Masters College (9-2) in the final game of the GSAC Challenge.
Trevecca jumped out on top early by scoring the games first four points and led 8-5 after the first three and a half minutes. That’s when The Master’s rallied to take the lead with a 6-0 run. With 10:40 remaining in the first half the Mustangs led the Trojans 13-12 and extended the lead to 10 points (25-15) with a 12-3 run. The Master’s held their largest first half lead (12 points) with 2:30 to go in the first half. Trevecca used a 7-0 run to cut the lead to five points, but The Master’s pushed the lead to seven (38-31) at the break.
Trevecca used a 9-1 run to start the second half to tie the game at 40 with 18:04 on the game clock. Following a timeout the Mustangs used a 16-6 run to take a 56-46 lead with 13:19 to play. Trevecca responded quickly with a 6-1 run to cut the lead to just five at 11:04 to play. With 7:18 to go the Mustangs led by eight (64-56). Trevecca cut The Master’s lead to just two points (66-64) with 4:33 to go on an Abby Lawson three-pointer that capped an 8-2 run. Trevecca cut the lead to just one point (67-66) with 2:51 to go when Mariska Reed hit a pair of free throws. After The Master’s extended the lead to four points Reed hit a pair of free throws and followed that up with a three-pointer that gave Trevecca the lead at 71-70 with :30 on the clock. It was the first time Trevecca had led since they were up 8-5 three and a half minutes in to the game. The Mustang’s regained the lead 72-71 with: 14 seconds remaining. The Trojans had two more shots, but failed to score and fell 74-71.
Abby Lawson led Trevecca with 14 points. Lawson added eight rebounds, three steals, two assists, and a steal. Mariska Reed (13), K.C. Van Atta (13), and Jennifer Bognar (12) all scored in double figures. Bognar had the double-double with 17 rebounds. Bognar added three blocks, two assists, and a steal. Kristin Archie had a team high five steals. Christian Gibson led the team with five assists.
Trevecca will begin TranSouth Athletic Conference play on Saturday, January 5th when they visit No. 3 Freed-Hardeman (10-2) 2 p.m. in Henderson, Tenn. Trevecca will open their home portion of the conference schedule as they host No. 1 Union (11-0) on Thursday, January 10 at 6 p.m.
All regular season Trevecca basketball games are broadcast over 89.1 and 91.5 WNAZ FM. All games are aired on the internet at www.wnaz.com All home games have a statistical webcast available at www.trevecca.edu/athletics