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Women Rally to Defeat Top-Ranked Azusa Pacific

November 30th, 2011

Westmont Women’s Basketball, ranked at number 20 in the NAIA Preseason Coaches Poll, started Golden State Athletic Conference play in grand style on Tuesday night at Murchison Gymnasium. The Warriors knocked off #1 Azusa Pacific (4-1, 0-1 GSAC) by a score of 68-64, improving their record to 7-1 overall and 1-0 in conference play.

Senior guard Katie Kittle tallied a career high 26 points while also dishing off five assists and pulling down four rebounds.

“Katie Kittle had quite a night and Tugce (Canitez) made some huge plays,” said Westmont head coach Kirsten Moore. “Many times, Tugce was willing us in our comeback. Katie was hitting shots, attacking the rim aggressively and playing really good defense.”

Canitez scored 18 points and pulled down 12 rebounds for her fourth double-double of the year.

“It was a great team effort with great energy,” said Moore. “Everyone who came in gave us valuable minutes. The three that Larissa (Hensley) hit tied it for the first time. Kelsey (Sampson) and Tawny (McCain) gave us great minutes off the bench in the first half. Aubrey Lincoln hit two threes. It was a great team feel and we were very unified on the floor today.”

But it wasn’t easy for the Warriors who never led in the first half. Azusa Pacific, which led by as much as 12 points in the first half, took a 36-28 lead into the locker room.

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Warriors Fall Prey to Cougars in GSAC Opener

November 30th, 2011

By Felix Huang

Murchison Gymnasium was still buzzing with energy when Westmont Men’s Basketball took the floor for their first GSAC action of the year. Westmont Women’s Basketball had just defeated the women of #1 ranked Azusa Pacific in dramatic fashion, coming back from a 13-point second half deficit to win 68-64, and the Westmont Men hoped to make it a sweep as they faced off against the #9 ranked Azusa Pacific Men. Tyler Monroe and the Cougars, however, made it their business to ensure a different outcome.

Robert Sandoval, one of four Cougars entering the game averaging double figures in points scored, got things started with a three pointer, and APU held the lead until Preston Branson sank a three of his own to put the Warriors up 9-7 with 16:12 to go in the first half. Neither Branson’s shot nor Sandoval’s opening trey was a sign of things to come for the rest of the first half, as both teams shot poorly from downtown in the opening period (Azusa 2 for 11; Westmont 3 for 13).

Azusa retook the lead with 3:24 to go when Tyler Monroe followed a missed three-point attempt for a lay-up. Westmont went into intermission only down by five, 30-25, but Monroe’s lay-up, which was the second and last lead change of not only the first half, but also the game, foreshadowed the story of the second act.

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Tie Ends Warriors’ Season

November 30th, 2011

Facing a familiar opponent in the second round of the NAIA Women’s Soccer National Tournament, #14 Westmont played to a 2-2 tie against #5 Point Loma Nazarene through two overtime periods. Unfortunately Point Loma advances to the quarterfinals by virtue of winning penalty kicks 2-1. Though the game officially ends in a tie, the Warriors’ season comes to an end with a record of 13-6-1.

“I don’t have any complaints on our side,” said Westmont head coach Kristi Kiely. “There is nothing more we could have asked our team to do. Point Loma had two corner kicks in the second half that they scored on and I don’t think they had many other chances. Our players moved the ball well, fought hard and worked hard. We were able to play our game despite the field condition, by which I was surprised and impressed.”

The temperature at kick-off was 36 degrees and went down from there as the sun set just 25 minutes after the game began. Rains over the last few days in Decatur made for a good bit of water on the field and that was complicated by rain and wind during the game.

“The last two days training in the rain, the team has looked great,” said Kiely about preparing for the weather and field conditions. “We wanted to try and play the game our way at the start. The word was that if it wasn’t working, we were going to have to adjust and be willing and be aware enough to do that. But it seemed to be working. We didn’t have to adjust. We moved the ball up the field and we were having nice sequences of five, six, seven passes. I am very proud of the team for their ability to do that on this surface and in this weather.”

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Men’s Basketball Wins Fourth in a Row

November 26th, 2011

Westmont Men’s Basketball (6-1) completed a two-game sweep at the Lamont Ramsey Tournament on Saturday, defeating the host Menlo by a score of 71-67. Preston Branson tallied 18 points to lead the Warriors in scoring while Jordan Sachs added another 15.

“We did a nice job of stretching the lead out to 15 with four minutes left,” said Westmont head coach John Moore. “They hit some wild, crazy attempted threes at that point to put them back in the game. We missed a couple of free throws and all of a sudden it was done to a six. Their last three was a panic three to cut it to three with about four seconds left. T.J. Lipold hit a free throw to finish it off.”

The Warriors out-rebound the Warriors 36-31 with Jordan and T.J. Lipold leading the effort on the boards with seven points each.

“We played hard,” said Moore. “I thought we got a really good game out of Landon Boucher. I thought Landon played one of his best games thus far and Niko had a very nice game.”

Warriors Call Out Ecclesia, Win 68-40

November 26th, 2011

Everybody played as #20 Westmont Women’s Basketball (6-1) ran away with a 68-40 victory over the Royals of Ecclesia (Ark.). Kelsie Sampson and Tawny McCain led the Warriors with 11 points each while Tugce Canitez scored 10. McCain also had 10 rebounds to record her first double-double as a Warrior.

The Warriors were trailing 4-2 before going on a 14-0 run to take a 12-point lead. The Royals were never within double-digits again. By halftime Westmont held a 35-16 lead. The Warriors’ largest margin of 33 points (68-35) came with 2:13 remaining in regulation on a free throw by Lauren Rock (5 points, 3 rebounds).

Ecclesia (1-10) was led by Shannon Scott with 11 points and four rebounds. Ciera Lovejoy and Ashton Abshier each had seven points.

Head Coach Kirsten Moore was able to get 13 players double-digit playing minutes of playing time. Westmont shot 45.5% (25 of 55) from the field and 41.2% from three-point range (7-17). The only real negative for the Warriors was an 11-for-19 performance from the free throw line.

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Warriors Sail Past Keelhaulers

November 25th, 2011

Junior guard Preston Branson tallied 20 points and pulled down five rebounds, as Westmont Men’s Basketball (5-1) defeated the Keelhaulers of CSU Maritime (5-4) by a score of 69-55 at the Lamont Ramsey Classic at Menlo College.

Jordan Sachs tallied 12 points, a team-high seven rebounds and four assists. Niko Brooks added another 10 points to the Warrior totals.

Tied with the Keelhaulers at 14-all in the first half, the Warriors closed out the first frame with a 20-2 run to produce a halftime score of 34-16. CSU Maritime closed to within seven in the second half, before the Warriors pulled away again.

Westmont shot 66.7% from the field in the first half (12 of 18) and 54.1% for the game (20 of 37). The Warriors held the Keelhaulers to just 24.0% (6 of 25) in the first half and 32.7 over all (17 of 52). Westmont also prevailed in the battle of the boards 36-28.

Women’s Basketball Runs into Storm

November 25th, 2011

The Crimson Storm of #11 Southern Nazarene (Okla.) handed Westmont Women’s Basketball (5-1) its first loss of the season, outscoring the Warriors 58-54 in a game characterized by streaks. Tugce Canitez tallied 22 points and pulled down 11 boards for the Warriors while Lisa Peterson added 11 points. Westmont fell to 5-1 while Southern Nazarene improved to 4-1.

“This was a hard-fought game between two good teams,” said Westmont head coach Kirsten Moore. “Southern Nazarene was able to get a lead on us in the second half. Despite a really good comeback by us, it just wasn’t quite enough. Hopefully we have learned some things in this game that will make us better in March.”

Westmont struggled shooting from the outside tonight, making three of seventeen attempts from beyond the arc.

“Teams are going to continue to try to make it hard on our post players,” explained Moore. “Tonight, we weren’t able to hit the shot from the perimeter that we have been able to in our previous games. That loosen up our inside game and gives us balance out there on the court. I know our guards are very capable of doing it, but we just weren’t able to get those shots to fall.”

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Road Warriors Victorious in Redlands

November 22nd, 2011

After falling behind by 11 points in the second half, Westmont Men’s Basketball (4-1) rallied on the road to post a 76-69 win over the Bulldogs of the University of Redlands (0-3) on Tuesday night.

Preston Branson led the Warriors in scoring with 25 points, making seven of 13 from the field. Nate Gibbs tallied 16 points and five rebounds while C.J. Miller added 13 points and six rebounds.

“We had a phenomenal free throw shooting night going 27 of 30,” said Westmont head coach John Moore. “Nate Gibbs was especially good late in game making eight of nine from the line and most of those clutch free throws down the stretch. Preston Branson was 10 of 11 and Jordan Sachs was seven of eight.”

The Warriors trailed by six points at halftime and were down by 11 (52-41) with 13 minutes remaining on the second-half clock. A three-pointer by Branson sparked a 10-3 run that drew the Warriors to within four (55-51) with 10:19 to play. After trading points over the next two minutes of play, C.J. Miller landed one of his three buckets from beyond the arc to pull the Warriors to within one point 60-59.