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All-American Honors for Warriors

Submitted by: Ron Smith - December 17th, 2014
Top: Tiffany Dimaculangan, Sophie Judd. Bottom: Sophie Fuller, Kelsey Steck.

Three Westmont players have been named to the 2014 NAIA Women’s Soccer All-America Team and a fourth was listed for honorable mention recognition.

Senior midfielder Tiffany Dimaculangan of Glendora and senior defender Sophie Judd of Edmonds, Washington were the first team selections. Sophomore defender Sophie Fuller of Orinda received third team honors while junior forward Kelsey Steck of Valencia was tabbed as honorable mention.

Dimaculangan tallied six goals and four assists for the Warriors in 2014 while serving as a key component in the Warrior midfield. Dimaculangan scored game-winning goals against Northwest (Wash.), Hope International and Concordia (Calif.).

Judd, who recorded an assist against William Jessup, started all 20 games for the Warriors. Judd started 82 games of the 83 games during her four-year career, helping to anchor a stingy Warrior defense.

Carlin Clinches the Win

Submitted by: Christy Cain - December 14th, 2014
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By Christy Cain

(POMONA, Calif) Imagine this: Twenty nine seconds left in the game, Warriors are down by one point (66-67) coming out of a timeout. Westmont inbounds the ball and begins to run down the clock.

20 seconds….18 seconds…15 seconds….

With 12 seconds left, Sean Harman feeds Daniel Carlin on the right block. Carlin spins into the middle, up fakes and takes a three foot shot. The gym goes silent and everyone holds their breath as the ball rolls….and rolls….and rolls around the rim.

Drop, finally.

With Westmont up 68-67 and five seconds to go, Pomona-Pitzer inbounds and throws up a long, last second shot.

Airball.

Buzzer sounds.

Warriors rush the court.

It was an exciting ending to a bit of a rocky game as the Warriors defeated the Sagehens 68-67 this evening in Pomona, Calif.

“Tonight’s game was a tale of two halves. In the first half it was evident that we were way off and things weren’t clicking. But I was really, really impressed with the way that our guys played the second half,” opened head coach John Moore.

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Mastering the Game

Submitted by: Christy Cain - December 12th, 2014
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By Christy Cain

(SANTA BARBARA, Calif.) Success is never an accident. It is a byproduct of consistency, hard work, determination and teamwork. Tonight, the Westmont men’s basketball team defeated The Masters in a 87-71 showdown in Murchison Gymnasium. While this game was many things, it surely was not an accident.

This game was electrifying.

Both teams started off a bit slow in the first half, but once Westmont took a minute to re-group, they hit the ground running and never looked back. “Our guys didn’t get out of the gate very well and it wasn’t until the eight minute mark that we recognized that we had to play much better than we were. Thankfully we turned the corner about the midpoint in the first half,” opened head coach John Moore.

There were three players in double figures by the end of the first 20 minutes. Cory Blau and Daniel Carlin combined for 26 of the total 44 points going into halftime. Blau was perfect (4-4) from the free throw line, while Carlin was perfect (5-5) from the paint. Jerry Karczewski wrapped up the first half being 3-5 from outside the arc and 1-2 from the free throw line, putting a total of 10 points on the board. With 10 assists, the Warriors were moving the ball well and getting it to their open players in a complete team effort.

This game was consistent.

On nights like tonight, numbers can speak for themselves. The Warriors used the energy of the first half to help build even more of a lead in the second. In the final 20 minutes of play, they shot an impressive 13-23 from the field (56.6 percent), 6-11 from three point range (54.5 percent) and sunk 11 of their 17 free throws.

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Warriors Stung by Buzzer Beater

Submitted by: Ron Smith - December 12th, 2014
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It could not have been closer. With time about to expire, The Mustang’s Olivia Thompson launched an awkward, desperation three-point shot which found its target, giving #20 The Master’s (7-3, 1-1 GSAC) a 70-67 Golden State Athletic Conference win over #11 Westmont (7-3, 0-3 GSAC).

Slow-motion replay revealed that the when the ball left Thompson’s hand, the clock read 0.0 but the end-of-period lights around the backboard had not yet lit.

The Mustangs led much of the game. With the game tied at 17 in the first half, The Master’s went on an 8-0 run to go up 25-17 with three minutes remaining in the opening frame. However, jumpers by Krissy Karr and Aysia Shellmire, together with a three-pointer from Karr, resulted in a 7-2 run by Westmont and a 27-24 halftime score.

In the second half, the Mustangs held on to the lead until Esther Lee drained a three-point shot to tie the game at 58 with 4:14 remaining in regulation. Two free throws by Shellmire gave Westmont its first lead of the game (60-58) in more than 23 minutes.

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Eagles Defeat Warriors

Submitted by: Christy Cain - December 7th, 2014
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By Christy Cain

(SANTA BARBARA, Calif.) It was a high intensity, electrifying night in Murchison Gymnasium as Westmont took the court against Concordia (8-1, 2-0 GSAC) this evening. The game was a battle for the entire 40 minutes, but the Eagles were able to pull ahead at the end and escape with an 83-76 Victory over the Warriors.

“This was a game of missed opportunities. I thought we had lots of chances tonight. When we built an eight point lead in the first, I knew we really needed to close the half well, because both teams were in foul trouble. But to go into halftime with a tie ball game instead of a six or eight point lead gave them a lot of confidence coming into the second half,” reflected head coach John Moore.

The Warriors, who defeated the defending NAIA National Champions on Tuesday, were trying to continue their three-game winning streak. But as the clock wound down, they were unable to make the plays that were necessary to give them the upper hand.

“There were crucial times in the second half when we needed to take care of the ball, but we had eight possession changes without scoring,” continued Moore. “When you don’t score that many times in a row, you’re going to have trouble winning a game.”

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Eagles Top Warriors

Submitted by: Ron Smith - December 6th, 2014
Lauren Sende (Photo by Nathan Ngo)

Westmont Women’s Basketball (7-2, 0-2 GSAC), ranked at number 13 in the NAIA, dropped its second Golden State Athletic Conference game in a row, falling to Concordia (6-2, 2-0). The Eagles were led by senior transfer Janis Peterson who scored 32 points, pulled down five rebounds and collected four steals.

Five Warriors scored in double figures led by Aysia Shellmire with 20 points and 12 rebounds. Celina Gougis also had a double-double recording 13 points and 10 rebounds. Lauren McCoy and Esther Lee added 12 points each while Krissy Karr posted 11.

The Eagles’ victory snapped a seven-game win streak by the Warriors over Concordia.

The first half was closely contested with neither team holding more than a seven point advantage. The Warriors went up 40-35 when Shellmire scored on a layup with 1:07 showing on the clock. However, Peterson hit a three and followed with a layup to produce a 40-40 halftime score.

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Season Ends in Second Round

Submitted by: Ron Smith - December 3rd, 2014
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A lone goal in the 21st minute ultimately brought an end to the 2014 season for Westmont Women’s Soccer (16-4). Playing in the second round of the 2014 NAIA National Tournament, the Warriors struggled offensively and were unable to place any of their six shots on goal.

Martin Methodist from Pulaski, Tennessee (14-5-1) took only three shots in its 1-0 victory that advance the RedHawks to the quarterfinals. Katie Reid scored the game winner on a breakaway after an attempt to clear the ball by a Westmont defender struck Reid and bounced toward the goal.

The RedHawks nearly made it a 2-0 game in the 58th minute, but a spectacular save by Westmont keeper Lauren Dorr kept Caroline Ladaga da Silva’s free kick from scoring. Shooting from 20 yards out, Ladaga da Silva snuck the ball past the wall of Warriors and toward the near post. Dorr dove to her right and knocked the ball from its net-bound trajectory.

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Underdogs on the Rise

Submitted by: Christy Cain - December 3rd, 2014
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By Christy Cain

(COSTA MESA, Calif.) Sometimes the greatest joy of being on a team, is working together to accomplish things that other people may not have expected you to do. That was certainly the case as the Westmont men’s basketball team stepped on the court tonight and defeated #1 Vanguard 77-63.

“We just beat the reigning NAIA National Champions who has four returning starters from last year. That was a great win for us,” exclaimed head coach John Moore.

In their first Golden State Athletic Conference match-up of the year and a game where the odds were stacked against them, the Westmont men put on quite a performance to showcase what they are truly made of.

“Sometimes the ‘underdog’ way is the best way to go. When you are underrated, it gives you a little bit of an advantage” reflected John Moore. “Every disadvantage played in our direction: we were playing the defending National Champions, it was our first conference game, we had a bunch of young guys on the court and we were coming off of a road trip, while Vanguard played at home last Saturday.”

Considering that the Warriors held the lead for the entire 40 minute game, they sure did not look like underdogs tonight. They contained the Lions to a 29% overall from the field and 7% from the three point line, which speaks volumes to the intense and tight defense that Westmont was running this evening.

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