Not even Costa Mesa Coach Len Whitacre's best plans could help his team avoid its second straight loss after 32 consecutive Pacific Coast League victories.
University got a career-high 19 points from freshman Monique Mathews and scored a 44-39 victory Tuesday over the visiting Mustangs.
University (12-4, 3-0 in league), a first-year member of the league, leads Costa Mesa (12-5, 2-2) and Estancia by two games in the loss column and has already beaten second-place Laguna Hills.
After losing the streak to Estancia--falling behind by 10 points early and losing by five, 50-45--Whitacre put his best offensive players on the floor so the Mustangs wouldn't dig themselves another big hole.
Instead, University led 17-5 after Costa Mesa went more than eight minutes without scoring. It was so bad for the Mustangs that Koo Kim (10 points), a 37% three-point shooter, finished two for 12 from beyond the arc. Chanel Anderson had a team-high 12 points.
University had 15 first-half turnovers and 28 overall, but Costa Mesa shot only 22% (13 for 58).
University shot 48% (19 of 40).
Still, the game had drama. Costa Mesa cut the lead to four points in the third quarter, and, after falling behind by 10, cut the lead to five, 42-37, with 2:13 to go. The rally effectively ended after Heather Snavely's steal, and then Mathews scored off a nifty pass inside from Raschelle Lawrence with 1:15 left.