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Sean Harman scored 19 points making six of seven field goals including a perfect four for four from beyond the arc to lead #12 Westmont Men’s Basketball (6-1) to an 87-69 win over the Bobcats of UC Merced (1-7).
The Warriors fell behind by nine points (33-21) with under six minutes to play in the first half, but closed out the opening frame on an 18-5 run to take a one-point lead (39-38) into the locker room at halftime. Harman scored seven of the Warriors’ points during the run on a pair of free throws, a layup and a three-pointer.
The Warriors took the lead (37-36) on a layup by Sam Bentz (11 points) with 25 seconds remaining before intermission. However, with five second to go, Cole Taira snatched the lead back for the Bobcats with a couple of free throws. An attempted layup by Stefan Inouye (4 points) rolled off the rim but Gage Shelmidine was there to tip the ball back in just before time expired, giving the Warriors the lead for good.
When play resumed, Westmont used an 11-2 run to put some distance between themselves and the Bobcats. Olisa Nwachie (7 points, 6 rebounds) opened the final half with a layup. Sean McDonnell (8 points, 6 rebounds) hit a free throw before Jerry Karczewski (8 points) landed a shot from long distance. Harman capped the run with another three, giving the Warriors an advantage they would not relinquish.
By Kaci Mexico
November 26, 2016
On the second day of the Rotary Classic Women’s Basketball tournament in Jackson, Tennessee, Aysia Shellmire notched a double-double to lead the #2 Westmont Warriors (4-1) to a 59-50 victory over #4 Campbellsville (6-1). Shellmire put up 22 points and pulled down 15 rebounds.
Along with Shellmire, Lauren McCoy was also effective on both the offensive and defensive ends; she totaled 11 points, eight rebounds, five assists, one steal, and six blocks.
By the end of the first quarter the Warriors found themselves down 18-7, after the Tigers harnessed early momentum and went on a 10-2 run. The Warriors quickly answered back and gained a two point lead when they started off the second quarter with a nine-point run that lasted for five and a half minutes (20-18). In this run Shellmire put up two jump shots, Cora Chan hit a three-pointer, and Kayla Sato had a steal that she converted into a jump shot. Sato was also a big contributor with nine points, four assists, and two steals on the night.
By Kaci Mexico
November 25, 2016
At the start of the fourth quarter #2 Westmont Women’s Basketball (3-1) was tied with the number one team in the country, MidAmerica Nazarene 39-39; however, in the fourth period the Pioneers (4-0) outscored the Warriors 17-14, defeating them by a score of 56-53. This was the Warriors’ first of two games in the Rotary Classic Women’s Basketball Tournament being held in Jackson, Tennessee.
The Pioneers seized momentum early when they outscored the Warriors 13-4 in the first period. The Warriors responded and worked to bridge this nine point gap when they outscored the Pioneers 17-13 in the second quarter and 18-13 in the third quarter (39-39).
Despite a double-double from Olisa Nwachie, #12 Westmont Men’s Basketball (5-1) suffered its first loss of the season. The Warriors fell 72-66 to Southern Oregon (5-2) in the first game of the Bud Presley Classic at Menlo College.
Cory Blau led the Warriors in scoring with 16 point while Jerry Karczewski added another 15 to the Warrior cause. Nwachie tallied 13 points and 12 rebounds.
The Raiders scored the first five points of the game on a three-pointer by Jordan Hunt (20 points) and a layup by Tristen Holmes (14 points). However, that 5-0 advantage proved to be the largest lead by either team in the first half of play.
Westmont answered back with a three by Blau and a jumper by Nwachie to knot the game up at five. Down 11-10 with just over 14 minutes remaining in the opening frame, Stefan Inouye (5 points) drained a long-range bucket and followed that up with a layup to give Westmont what would prove to be its largest lead of the game at 15-11.
A 10-2 run by Southern Oregon put the Raiders up 21-17. Westmont responded with a three-pointer by Karczewski and a layup by Blau to briefly take a 22-21 advantage. Ben Desaulnier (15 points) struck from beyond the arc to restore the lead to the Raiders before Blau answered in kind to make the score 25-24 with 7:56 remaining on the first-half clock.
Sam Bentz tallied 21 points to lead Westmont Men’s Basketball (5-0) to an 81-72 win over the Eagles of Concordia (1-4) on Tuesday night. Bentz went five of 11 from the floor, including two buckets from beyond the arc, and made all nine of his attempts from the charity stripe. The junior forward also tallied a team-high four assists.
The win snapped a three-game losing streak against the Eagles and was the first victory in CU Arena since January of 2012.
Also scoring in double-figures for the Warriors were Cory Blau (16 points) and Sean Harman (14 points). Sean McDonnell (seven points) led the team in rebounding with seven while Hayden Anderson (nine points) pulled down six boards.
The score remained close throughout the contest with neither team achieving a double-digit advantage. Concordia took its largest lead with 8:20 remaining in the first half when Brian Chambers (20 points) drained a three-point shot to put the Eagles up 22-17. Westmont responded with a 7-0 run consisting of a pair of free throws by Harman, a layup by Bentz and a three-pointer by Blau.
By halftime, the lead had changed hands six times and the score had been tied another six times. At the buzzer, Westmont held a slim 41-38.
Westmont notched a six-point advantage at the start of the second half when Blau converted an ‘and-one’ play to put the Warriors on top 44-38. The Eagles would stay within striking distance throughout the final frame and three-times pulled to within one point. However, Westmont rebuffed each surge and never relinquished the lead.
Westmont Men’s and Women’s Cross Country competed in the NAIA Cross Country National Championships held at the North Farms Cross Country Course outside north of St. Louis. Westmont’s Women finished 20th out of 36 teams while the men placed 23rd out of 37.
“It was a beautiful course,” said Westmont head coach Russell Smelley, “all grass, with rolling hills – a really good challenging course. The weather was a little windy and a bit chilly, but nothing intolerable.”
In the women’s 5,000 meter race, Westmont senior Emily Williams finished first for the Warriors, posting a time of 18:28 and taking 67th place out of 334 runners. Senior Kelly Collins finish just four seconds later in 70th place. Senior Olivia Wood posted a time of 19:16 to finish 165th. Mala Halvorson, a freshman, notched a 170th place finish in a time of 19:18. Junior Dominique Delgado completed the Warriors’ scoring in 175th place with a time of 19:20.
By Kaci Mexico
November 19, 2016
In the first round of the single elimination NAIA Women’s Soccer National Tournament Haley Parzonko scored two minutes and four seconds into the first overtime period to defeat Carroll (Mont.) and send the #10 Warriors (16-3-2) to the round of sixteen in Orange Beach, Alabama. The final score was 2-1.
The Saints (12-4-5) scored first when in the 19th minute Michaela Kueffler crossed the ball to Cassidy Hammons who slotted the ball into the left side of the goal from eight yards out. Ninety seconds later, Westmont’s Renee Gonsalves scored the equalizer with a far post header off of a corner kick by Parzonko.
“On their goal we had a loose defensive breakdown and I think our response to get a goal off of a set piece today was huge for us,” explained head coach Chantel Cappuccilli.