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Eagles Best Warriors

November 30th, 2010

The opening of Golden State Athletic Conference play against the rival Eagles of sixteenth ranked Biola (6-0, 1-0 GSAC) is probably not the way that Westmont head coach John Moore would have scheduled for his team if he had been given the option – especially since the game was played on the final day of November. Tonight’s 65-46 loss in La Mirada is exactly what the veteran coach would have liked to avoided for the Warriors (5-2, 0-1).

“I think they were the much better team, tonight,” said Moore of Biola. “We have a lot to learn from this game.”

The first ten minutes of the game was close. The Eagle’s Dwight Gordon (18 points, 5 rebounds) was the first to score but not until over two minutes into the game. Westmont answered back with a free throw by Blake Bender (5 points, 10 rebounds) and a layup by Preston Branson (8 points) to give the Warriors a 3-2 lead with 16:36 left in the opening period. It would prove to be the Warriors’ only lead of the game.

Up 16-15 with nine and one-half minutes remaining in the first half, the Eagles put together a 7-0 run to take a 23-15 advantage. TJ Lipold responded for the Warriors with a long-range bucket from the corner to get the Warriors to within five (23-18).

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Women Fall in La Mirada

November 30th, 2010

Westmont women’s basketball suffered its first loss of the season on Tuesday night in its first Golden State Athletic Conference game of the year. The Warriors (6-1, 0-1 GSAC) fell to #13 Biola (6-1, 1-0) by a score of 78-55 at Chase Gymnasium in La Mirada.

“We had a terrible start and they had a very good start,” said Westmont head coach Kirsten Moore. “They were very focused, which is the sign of a veteran team. We have been better than that, though this is the second game in a row that we didn’t have a very good start.”

The Eagles return all but one player from last year’s team that went deep into the 2010 NAIA National Tournament.

The first half saw the Warriors shoot only 20 percent (6 of 30) from the floor. Westmont could not find their long distance range, missing all eight attempts. The Eagles jumped out to a 9-0 lead before Larissa Hensley put the Warriors on the board with a jumper 3:20 into the contest. From there, the Eagles produced a 14-2 run to take a 23-4 advantage with 10:50 remaining in the opening frame.

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Warriors Shut Down Coyotes

November 27th, 2010

A stifling second-half defense gave Westmont (4-1) a 69-54 win over the Coyotes of the College of Idaho (2-7) on Saturday in the Lamont Ramsey Classic held at Menlo College in Atherton. The Warriors, down 36-34 at halftime, allowed just 18 points by the Coyotes in the second half while putting up 35 of their own.

The Warriors were led in scoring by Blake Bender who tallied 13 points and pulled down eight boards. Niko Brooks added another 11 points, dished off four assist and collected three rebounds.

“We had a nice game out of Niko Brooks,” said Moore. “Blake, Danny (Rasp) and Preston (Branson) all got into double figures. It was a very nice well rounded team game.”

Rasp tallied 10 points and five rebounds while Branson contributed another 10 points toward the Warrior cause.

Men’s Basketball Defeats CSU Stanislaus

November 26th, 2010

Westmont Men’s Basketball used a balanced attack with five players scoring in double figures to defeat CSU Stanislaus on Friday at the Lamont Ramsey Classic held at Menlo College in Atherton. With the 68-57 victory, Westmont improved to 4-1 on the year while Stanislaus fell to 0-2.

Dan Rasp and Matt Hornbuckle led the Warriors with 14 points point each. Rasp was 10 for 11 from the free throw line.

“Matt Hornbuckle was the player of the game,” said Westmont head coach John Moore. “He had three steals that led to layups. He played a really nice game. He was five for seven from the field and had six rebounds.”

Evan Haines, who shot six of seven from the field, tallied 13 points and six boards. Niko Brooks scored 12 points by making two of three attempts from beyond the arc and sinking all six of his free throw attempts. Blake Bender recorded a double-double of 10 points and 10 rebounds while making five of seven from the floor.

Tied at 22-all with 5:43 remaining in the first frame, Westmont closed out the half with a 14-7 run to take a 36-29 lead at the intermission. In the first four and one-half minutes of the second half, the Warriors stretched their advantage to 48-35 and Stanislaus never recovered.

Westmont shot .500 percent from the field (21 of 42) while holding Stanislaus to .392 (20 of 51). From the free throw line, the Warriors made 22 of 25 attempts (.880). The Warriors also out-rebounded the Warriors 37-22, a statistic which Moore found to be “a good sign”.

Defense Gets it Done

November 23rd, 2010

“Tonight, the big story for us was our defense,” said Westmont head coach Kirsten Moore regarding her team’s 76-60 victory over #14 Trevecca Nazarene (Tenn.). “It is something we have been talking about all year. Tonight, I saw us get excited about playing defense. I get excited as a coach when my players start to believe that defense will win games.

The Warriors (6-0) struggled at the beginning of the game, giving up seven points before getting on the board with a couple of free throws by Elizabeth Evancoe. At six and one-half minutes into the game, with the Trojans (1-4) lead 16-8, Moore called a timeout.

“We were starting to get frustrated by the physicality and the refs making calls or not making calls,” explained Moore. “I think we were focusing on the wrong thing. So, I talked about relishing competition and that we were playing a good team that was going to fight for everything. We needed to step up to that and not worry about the referees and just play through and play harder. After that timeout, we went on a big run.”

Vanessa Farias started the run with a three-pointer to score the first of her team-high 18 points. Then Evancoe (16 points, 4 rebounds) displayed her long-range form to cut the lead to 16-14. Farias then struck again from beyond the arc and added a layup to complete the 11-0 streak and give the Warriors a 19-16 lead with eleven minutes to play in the first half.

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Trudelle Races to All-American Status

November 21st, 2010

Chrissa Trudelle ended her collegiate cross country career by accomplishing a goal she has chased for four years. The senior placed twenty-nine out of 331 runners at the NAIA National Championships in Vancouver, Washington to earn the title of NAIA All-American. She is just the seventh woman in Westmont history to garner the recognition.

“Chrissa’s performance may be one of the finest I have seen from a Westmont Athlete,” said Westmont head coach Russell Smelley. “From where she started as a freshman to now, has been a progression of becoming a national caliber athlete – first learning to believe in it and then accomplishing it. I couldn’t be prouder of her achievement. It is one of the great highlights of my coaching time at Westmont. No doubt about it.”

Last year, Trudelle finished fifty-fourth at nationals on the same course at the Fort Vancouver Historical Site. This year’s time of 18:32 in the 5,000 meter race is a 50 second improvement over last season.

“I felt focused the whole time on the people around me,” said Trudelle. “I didn’t think about the finishing time until I saw the clock at the end of the race. I was really pleased. I was hoping to run about 18:50 because I thought that would be a nice improvement from last year.”

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Warriors Fall to Coyotes in OT

November 21st, 2010

Despite a career high 32 points from sophomore guard Preston Branson and a double-double of 11 points and 16 rebounds from Blake Bender, Westmont Men’s Basketball suffered its first loss of the season on Saturday night. The Warriors (3-1) fell in overtime to Cal State San Bernardino (2-2) by a score of 77-73.

Branson made nine of 19 attempts from the floor, including two of five from three-point range. He also drained 12 of 13 free throw attempts. Bender’s 16 boards ranks tenth-best in the Warrior record book, tied with Santiago Aguirre and Nick Debban.

The Warriors got off to a good start, taking a 14-5 lead on a three-pointer by Branson with 13:05 remaining in regulation. However the Coyotes scored the next nine points, including three-pointers by Nate Roth (5 points, 4 rebounds) and Ryan Kinney (11 points, 5 rebounds). From that point on, neither team amassed more than a six point lead.

After a 29-28 halftime score in favor of the Coyotes, Westmont led most of the second half. But with 3:31 to play, Donnell Fleming (6 points) completed a layup to give Cal state San Bernardino a one point lead (59-58). Blake Bender responded with a tip-in to restore a one-point margin to the Warriors. Dan Rasp (11 points, 4 rebounds) made it a three-point game (62-59) with 2:47 when he pilfered the ball and scored on a layup.

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Women’s Basketball Cruises Past Eagles

November 18th, 2010
Junior Katie Kittle

Westmont Women’s Basketball (5-0) posted a 79-54 win over La Sierra on Thursday night in Riverside. The Warriors continued their hot shooting from beyond the arc, making 11 of 24 attempts (.458). They also out-rebounded the Eagles 38-33.

Katie Kittle led the Warriors with 14 points, connecting on five of six attempts from the floor. Angel Blanco tallied 12 points while Elizabeth Evancoe added 10 more. Lisa Peterson led Westmont on the boards with seven rebounds.

“It was a good opportunity for everyone to be able to play,” said Westmont head coach Kirsten Moore. “We did some things well and we saw some things for us to work on. La Sierra was doubling in on the post. It was the first time we saw that this year, which was a good challenge for us.”