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Westmont Holds on to Byron Championship

December 31st, 2010

Preston Branson tallied a career high 40 points, including 15 from the charity stripe, to give Westmont Men’s Basketball (10-3) an 87-84 win over the University of British Columbia (15-3) in the championship game of the Tom Byron Classic. The win marks the fourth championship title in a row for the Warriors.

Dan Rasp tallied 19 points and pulled down five rebounds for the Warriors while Niko Brooks added twelve points and six assists.

Branson, who was named the tournament MVP, was 12 for 21 from the floor and 15 of 18 from the free throw line. Rasp and Brooks were also named to the All-Tournament team.

[VCSU-BLC box score] [UBC-WC box score]

Warriors Tame Tigers

December 31st, 2010

Senior forward Angel Blanco and sophomore guard Larissa Hensley had career nights to help lead #21 Westmont Women’s Basketball (10-2) to a 94-86 win over the Tigers of Kentucky’s Georgetown College (6-8) in the final game of the GSAC Challenge. Blanco tallied 27-points and eight rebounds while Hensley notched 18 points and six assists and four rebounds.

“We had some great play again tonight to put together back-to-back games,” said Westmont head coach Kirsten Moore. “We played team basketball. Angel was unbelievable, coming up time and time again with big plays. Larissa had an incredible night with six assists and no turnovers. She hits some big threes and a lot of big time free throws down the stretch.”

Down 17-20 with nine and one-half minutes left in first-half play, the Warriors put together a 15-0 run to change the tenor of the game. By intermission, Westmont had made it a 46-29 game.

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Branson Delivers as Warrior Win at Byron

December 30th, 2010

Sophomore guard Preston Branson drove the lane and scored the last of his team-high 18 points with 1.8 seconds left on the game clock to give Westmont Men’s Basketball a 79-78 win over the Vikings of Bethany Lutheran (Minn.) on Wednesday night in the first round of the 35th Annual Tom Byron Classic.

With the win, Westmont (9-3) will advance to take on British Columbia (15-2) in the championship game at 7:30 p.m. in Murchison Gymnasium on Thursday night. Bethany Lutheran (3-7) will match up with Valley City State of North Dakota (5-9) beginning at three o’clock.

“Any time you can win a game like this, it really does help you down the road,” said Westmont head coach John Moore. “Last time we were in a tight game like this, we lost to Cal State San Bernardino. To be able to come back home and win a game like this is nice.”

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Warriors Knock Off #11 Westminster in GSAC Challenge

December 30th, 2010

Junior forward Lisa Peterson scored 21 points while senior forward Angel Blanco sophomore guard Vanessa Farias each added another 18 as #21 Westmont Women’s defeated #11 Westminster (Utah) by a score of 93-78 on Wednesday night. The win, part of the GSAC Challenge hosted by Westmont, improves the Warriors record to 9-2 while the Griffins fall to 9-4.

“It was another team effort, led by our inside game with Lisa and Angel,” said Westmont head coach Kirsten Moore. “They had great inside presence and shot a high percentage. As a team, we were able to get the ball into them and they finished for us. To put that many points on the board gave us a good cushion against a team that can really score.”

Down 19-17 with 12:19 remaining in first-half action, Farias nailed the first of her three buckets from beyond the arc to give Westmont a 20-19 advantage. The Warriors never trailed again in the contest.

In the second half, the Warriors put some distance between themselves and the Griffins. Up by seven (54-47), Westmont’s Kelsie Sampson (7 points, 7 rebounds) scored on a jumper to spark a 10-0 run. Westmont increased its lead to as much as 23 points on Farias’ final three of the night.

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Fall Athletes Garner Postseason Awards

December 20th, 2010

All-Americans Chrissa Trudelle and Britney Scannell head the list of 11 Westmont Athletics who have garnered postseason recognition. Trudelle, a senior from Portola Valley earned All-American status by finishing twenty-seventh out of 331 competitors in the women’s 5,000 meter race at the NAIA National Championships last month. Trudelle completed the championship race at Fort Vancouver Historical Site in Vancouver, Washington in a time of 18:32.

After earning All-Golden State Athletic Conference honors for a second time in 2010, Scannell was named to the 2010 Women’s Soccer All-America Third Team as a defender. Scannell, who hails from Palos Verdes, transferred to Westmont from UCLA after her sophomore season. She has played forward, midfielder and defender for the Warriors over the past two years. Scannell is the twenty-third Warrior to be named to an All-America Team.

Joining Scannell on the 2010 All-GSAC team is junior Melanie Greene from Los Alamitos. As a central midfielder for the Warriors, Greene helped to coordinate the Warriors’ offensive attack. Greene provided the game winning goal in the Warriors 1-0 victory over Biola in La Mirada on October 6.

Warriors Cut Down Oaks

December 18th, 2010

Senior Blake Bender produced his sixth double-double of the season (14 points, 12 rebounds) and Marcus Farrand nearly had his first in a Warrior uniform (10 points, 9 rebounds), as Westmont Men’s Basketball (8-3) picked up a 67-57 win against the Oaks of Menlo College (2-8) on Friday night in Murchison Gymnasium.

“I don’t think we have had two double-doubles in a game in a very long time and we were one rebound away it tonight,” said Westmont head coach John Moore about the inside duo. “It wasn’t the prettiest of games, but it is something we will feel better about each day we step away from it.”

Menlo led early, taking an 11-4 advantage on a jumper by Dejon Grant (5 points) just three and one-half minutes into the game. With 11 minutes left on the first half clock, the Oaks were still up by six (16-10). Over the next three minutes, however, the Warriors went on an 11-0 run to take the lead for good.

Niko Brooks (8 points, 4 rebounds, 3 assists) started the run with a layup and Farrand followed suit. With just under 10 minutes remaining, Brooks struck from beyond the arc. It was the only three-pointer the Warriors would make in the game (out of six attempts) and it put Westmont up 17-16. Over a minute later, TJ Lipold (9 points, 3 steals) scored on layup and Bender did the same to make it a 21-16 game with eight minutes to play before intermission.

Hornbuckle, Farrand Lead Warriors to Win

December 13th, 2010

With Westmont’s Dan Rasp and Preston Branson sitting on the bench due to injuries, Hope International (7-4, 1-3 GSAC) had a chance to do something it has never done before in 25 previous meetings with the Warriors – win. The opportunity, however, went by the wayside as sophomore Matt Hornbuckle and freshman Marcus Farrand stepped up and scored 13 points each to lead the Warriors (7-3, 2-2) to a 75-69 victory at Murchison on Saturday night.

“Sophomore Matt Hornbuckle did a nice job in his first time as a starter,” said Westmont head coach John Moore. “We put Matt on their leading scorer (Jeremy Kilgore) and he held him to one basket and three points. We also held their second leading scorer (Aaron Woods) to seven points.”

The Warriors found themselves trailing the Royals most of the first half despite having scored on 73.9% of their attempts from the field. Down 31-22 with eight minutes left in first half action, CJ Miller (6 points) sandwiched three-point buckets around a layup by the Royals Sergio Lugo (4 points) to make it a 33-28 game with 7:11 showing on the clock.

After Kris Rosales (9 points, 4 boards) converted two free throws for Hope International, T.J. Lipold (9 points, 3 rebounds) drained a three and Hornbuckle added a layup to pull Westmont to within two points (35-31) with 4:31 to go before the intermission.

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Royals Can’t Keep Pace with Warriors

December 13th, 2010

Four Warriors scored in double figures on Saturday as #22 Westmont Women’s Basketball posted a convincing 84-53 Golden State Athletic Conference win over the Royals of Hope International (5-3, 1-3 GSAC0 in Murchison Gymnasium. Senior Elizabeth Evancoe led the Warriors with 13 points and junior Katie Kittle added another 12. Angel Blanco notched 10 points and a team high six rebound.

Erin Beadle came off the bench to give the Warriors 11 points on four-of-five shooting from the floor and three of three from the free throw line. Beadle also retrieved four boards in her nine minutes of play.

“Our bench provided a great spark for us tonight,” said Westmont head coach Kirsten Moore. “They got us a big run in the first half and they played great in the second half as well. Erin was a big part of that. She has a fearless attitude out there and was driving in on (Hope’s) post players who were a whole lot bigger than her.”

Westmont claimed its first double-digit lead on a three-pointer by Evancoe with 10:35 to play in the first half. By halftime, Westmont had extended its advantage to 38-20.

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