SANTA CLARITA, Calif. – Amanda Durocher scored a game-high 25 points and All-GSAC forward Stacy Nanninga added 15 to lead the NAIA’s No. 22-ranked The Master’s College to a 75-68 upset of No. 5 Azusa Pacific, Friday evening in Bross Gym.
Durocher, a senior out of Tacoma, Wash., poured in 14 second-half points to lead the Mustangs back from a 42-35 hole just 5 minutes into the second half. She buried 2 treys in a 5-minute stretch, both of which gave the Mustangs a 2-possession lead down the stretch. Her second triple put TMC up 57-52 and forced Azusa Pacific into a chase mode the rest of the way.
Senior center Kristie Hala’ufia led Azusa Pacific with 24 points and a game-high 9 rebounds. C.J. Hill added 13 before fouling out.
Azusa Pacific snapped a 31-all halftime tie with a 9-2 run to assume its biggest lead of the game. Alex Moore-Porter scored 7 of her 17 points during the run, draining 1-of-2 free throws in the process to give the Cougars a 42-35 advantage.
The Master’s, however, answered with speedy point guard Erica Inge, who in the open court zigzagged her way through the Cougar defense and scored 7 points in an 80-second span to erase the Cougar lead and put the Mustangs up 44-42 following the conversion of a conventional 3-point play.
Azusa Pacific committed a hefty 24 turnovers, including 15 in the first half which allowed The Master’s to assume a 29-18 lead. However, the Cougars closed the half on a 13-2 run capped by C.J. Hill’s trey that knotted the game at the break.
With the victory, The Master’s improves to 7-4 overall, 2-0 in the GSAC. Azusa Pacific falls to 7-2 overall, 1-1 in the GSAC.