Biola Stuns No. 10 The Master's in Overtime, 66-56
By Jeff Hoffman, Biola Sports Information Director
SANTA CLARITA, Calif. -- Despite losing a 16-point, second-half lead, Biola rallied late and the Mustangs without a field goal in overtime, upsetting No. 10 The Master's 66-56 in OT in a GSAC game on Saturday night at Bross Gym.
The Eagles snap a two-game losing-streak and pick up just their second road win in conference play, moving to 12-13 overall and to 3-7 in the GSAC. The Mustangs fall to 22-3 on the season and to 7-3, snapping their three-game winning-streak.
Becca Devere was outstanding in the game, coming one assist short of a triple-double. The 5-7 senior guard finished with 13 points, 15 rebounds and nine assists in 41 minutes. It was her first double-double of the season and the 15 rebounds are a career high.
Chelsea Hill also notched a double-double with a team-high 19 points and 11 rebounds. Adijat Adams added 17 points while Amy Freet contributed 10.
"The girls really came through tonight," said Biola Head Coach Bethany Miller. "We set up a game plan and they worked really hard all week in practice. They were able to go out and to it tonight. The Master's made a good run, but the girls stayed focuses and converted down the stretch."
Biola seemed to control the game throughout, opening up a lead of 11 in the first half and leading by as many as 16 in the second. But despite giving up the lead late, Biola clamped down on defense and did not allow The Master's to make a field goal over the final 3:08 of regulation or in overtime en route to the upset.
After using a 17-5 run early in the second half, things looked to be comfortably in the Eagles' favor as Adams big a jumper to make it 45-30 with 11:58 to go.
But The Master's found its offense and went on a long 21-4 run over the next 10 minutes, taking its first lead of the game on a four-point play by Zoe Scott with 3:08 left. That gave the Mustangs a 51-49 lead and got the near-capacity crowd going crazy. But Biola didn't give up and eventually took back the lead on a three-point play by Adams 28 seconds left.
The Master's missed its shot to take back the lead on the other end but got another chance as Chelsea Hill made just one of two free throws after being fouled on the rebound. The Mustangs came out of a timeout with five seconds left and got a gift as a foul down low on Aubree Mittel put Scott--one of the conference's best free throw shooters--on the line for two shots. She hit both to tie the game and after a last-second desperation shot as missed by the Eagles, the game headed to overtime.
In the extra frame, Biola won the tip and got a quick bucket by Freet to take the early lead. After a defensive stop on the other end, Hill hit a tough runner in the lane to make it a four-point game. The next two possessions by the Mustangs resulted in free throws with the shooters splitting the two free throws to bring it back to a two-point game.
Freet was fouled on a rebound attempt on the other end and made both free throws to stretch it to four and that would be it. The Eagles would hit seven free throws the rest of the way while The Master's went 0-for-8 from the field and scored just one more point over the final three minutes of OT.
In addition to holding The Master's to just 27 percent shooting, Biola dominated the glass, out-rebounding the Mustangs 57-36 including a 30-15 edge in the second half and overtime.
The victory was Biola's fourth win in its last five games at The Master's and its eighth win in the last 11 games between the two overall. The Eagles outscored the Mustangs 44-24 in the second half of the game in La Mirada earlier this year, but fell six points short of the upset.
Biola returns to action on Tuesday, hosting Hope International University (11-14, 3-7 GSAC) at 5:30 p.m. at Chase Gymnasium.