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Warriors Capture Tom Byron Championship

December 31st, 2011

]Westmont Men’s Basketball (9-2) earned its fifth Tom Byron Classic title in a row on Friday night at Murchison Gymnasium with a 95-57 win over UC Merced (1-5) in the championship game. The game was much closer than the final score indicated. With 8:36 remaining in regulation, the Bobcats had narrowed the margin to just 11 points (57-46). But Westmont outscored UC Merced 38-11 in the final eight and one-half minutes to secure the victory.

“They are scrappy,” said Moore of the Bobcats. “They chew, claw and fight hard. I like teams that play physical and force us to keep our composure. I felt like for the most part we were able to do that. We held them to under 60 and scored 95 tonight and 91 last night. That gives us a lot of confidence heading into conference play.”

The Bobcats are in their first season of intercollegiate varsity competition and of their six games, two have been against the Warriors. Yesterday, UC Merced defeated a good British Columbia team to pick up its first victory in program history and earn a berth in tonight’s championship game.

“We didn’t know what to expect the first time we played them,” said Moore of the November 5 match-up. “They were better than we thought they would be. Tonight, they played with a lot of confidence after beating British Columbia. They played like they expected to win.”

[consolation game box score] [championship game box score]

GSAC Teams Complete Sweep of Namesake Event

December 31st, 2011

Fifth-ranked Westmont and San Diego Christian made it a clean sweep for Golden State Athletic Conference teams in the 2011 GSAC Classic as each squad defeated their California Pacific Conference opponent for the second day in a row. The Warriors (12-1) recorded a 75-49 win over Cal State Maritime (6-9) while San Diego Christian (12-2) notched a 79-41 win over Pacific Union (4-5).

The Warriors started the game in a full court press and the Keelhaulers had trouble responding to the defensive measure. In the first seven minutes, Westmont outscored Cal Maritime 18-0 and tallied eight steals. At intermission, Westmont was leading 43-15 and shooting 71.4 percent from beyond the arc (5 of 7). The 26-point differential at the end of the game was the closest the Keelhaulers were able to get to the Warriors.

Westmont’s Vanessa Farias tallied 17 points, making six of 10 from the floor including three of five from beyond the arc. Tugce Canitez just missed her ninth double-double of the year, scoring 15 points and pulling down nine rebounds. Katie Kittle also scored in double digits, going five of seven from the floor to tally twelve points.

The Warriors shot 49.2 percent from the floor (29 of 59) while holding the Keelhaulers to 34.0 percent (18 of 53). Westmont also dominated the boards, outrebounding Cal Maritime 45-25 and pulling down 18 offensive boards.

[game three box score] [game four box score]

First Day of Tom Byron Classic Filled with Surprises

December 30th, 2011

With a new starting line-up in his game plan, Westmont head coach John Moore brought the Warrior into Murchison Gymnasium to begin play in the 36th Annual Tom Byron Classic. The Warriors (8-2) validated the new starting five with a 91-69 win over the Trojans (2-12) of Trinity International (Ill.).

“I like our new starting lineup and we will start again with that lineup,” said Moore, referring to tomorrow conclusion to the Tom Byron Classic. “Cooper Damron and Nate Gibbs performed well, especially on the boards.”

With the win, Westmont advances to the championship game where they will meet up with UC Merced. The Bobcats (1-4) earned their spot in the final game with an 88-79 upset win over British Columbia (11-6).

“If you had told me that we were going to play UC Merced on the second day of the Byron, I would have thought we would have lost in the first round,” said Moore. “I thought there was a greater chance of us losing than UC Merced beating British Columbia. But after watching the game, UC Merced looked like the better team for most of that game.”

[game one box score] [game two box score]

Warriors Win and Hawks Soar on First Day of GSAC Challenge

December 30th, 2011

Day one is the books for the 2011 GSAC Classic with the Golden State Athletic Conference teams winning both games. In the early game San Diego Christian (11-2) defeated Cal State Maritime (6-8) by a score of 84-69. Then #5 Westmont (11-1) cruised to an 85-45 victory over Pacific Union (4-4).

Tomorrow, Westmont and San Diego Christian will switch partners. San Diego Christian will face Pacific Union at one o’clock with Westmont and Cal State Maritime taking to the hardwood at 5:30.

With Westmont up 13-11 and 11:19 remaining in first-half play, the Warriors produced a 19-0 run over the next five minutes and 45 seconds to take a 32-11 advantage. The game was never close again.

Junior forward Tugce Canitez led the way for the Warriors, recording her eighth double-double of the season with 19 points and 11 rebounds. The native of Izmir, Turkey also tallied four assists. Senior forward Lisa Peterson added another 12 points. Larissa Hensley, Jillian Wilbur and Tawny McCain each put up nine points with McCain adding nine rebounds.

[game one box score] [game two box score]

Murchison to Host Basketball Events

December 28th, 2011

Westmont College will host eight basketball games over the next two days as both the men’s and women’s basketball programs conclude their non-conference season. Westmont Women’s Basketball will host the 2011 GSAC Challenge beginning at 1:00 p.m. on Thursday, December 28. The 36th Annual Tom Byron Classic will begin at 3:00 p.m. Thursday.

The Tom Byron Classic, named after the Warriors’ head coach who died of cancer during the 1972 season, is one of the oldest collegiate men’s basketball tournaments in the west. This year’s participants are UC Merced (0-4), British Columbia (11-5), Trinity International of Illinois (2-11) and Westmont (7-2).

The Warriors are looking to win the tournament for the fifth year in a row. Westmont has won 20 out of 34 years including nine of the last eleven. Westmont head coach John Moore played in the first Tom Byron Classic in 1977 and was named the Most Valuable Player.

British Columbia returns to the Byron for the second year in a row, seeking to avenge a narrow 87-84 loss to the Warriors in last year’s championship game. Trinity International and UC Merced will play in the Classic for the first time.

Westmont in Top-20 of Learfield Sports Directors’ Cup

December 22nd, 2011

With the completion of fall sports in the NAIA, the National Association of Collegiate Directors of Athletics (NACDA) has released the final fall standings of the Learfield Sports Directors’ Cup. Westmont is listed in a tie for seventeenth place with Southern Oregon out of the Cascade Conference.

The Learfield Sports Directors’ Cup was developed as a joint effort between (NACDA) and USA Today. Points are awarded based on each institution’s finish in up to 12 sports — six women’s and six men’s. The goal of the awards program is to compare the overall success of athletic programs.

Westmont earned 149 points in fall sports. Points are accumulated based on the performance of teams at the national championship level. Westmont Men’s and Women’s Cross Country each collected 48 points based on fourteenth place finishes at the NAIA National Championships. Westmont Women’s Soccer reached the second round the NAIA National Tournament and received 53 points.

[NACDA release and standings]

Warriors Beat Regals with Suffocating Defense

December 10th, 2011

An 18-0 run in the first half gave Westmont Women’s Basketball all it needed to secure a 63-38 non-conference win over California Lutheran (2-4) on Saturday night at Murchison Gymnasium.

With the victory, Westmont has moved to 10-1 on the season, a mark they have reached in three of the past four years. It is also the first win for Westmont over California Lutheran in program history. The Regals had won the previous three meetings.

Tugce Cantiez tallied 15 points (11 from the free throw line), eight rebounds and four steals. Vanessa Farias added another 15 points, making six of 11 from the field including three of six from three-point range. Lisa Peterson was a perfect six for six from the charity stripe as she tallied 12 points and five rebounds.

The Warriors shot just 36.5% from the field but held the Regals to 30.8% with a solid defensive effort.

“We had a very good, focused, defensive effort to try and pressure, get a lot of deflections and try to force turnovers,” said Westmont head coach Kirsten Moore. “We were able to be successful defensively, which was the positive of the game. We were sloppy on the offensive end, and we will continue to work on that part of our game.”

[box score] [more photos]

Women’s Soccer Players Garner National Awards

December 7th, 2011

Junior forward Ashley Correa of Lynnwood, Washington and sophomore defender Alison Hensley of Huntington Beach have been named 2011 NAIA Women’s Soccer All-Americans. The honor comes after the Warriors reached the second round of the NAIA National Tournament. Both student-athletes were named to the third team.

Correa led the Warriors in both goals and assists this season, scoring nine times and tallying 10 assists. Correa’s shot on goal percentage stands at 51.9% (42 of 81) with four of her goals proving to be game winners.

Hensley started all 20 games for the Warriors (13-6-1), anchoring the defense from her center back position. Westmont allowed just 18 goals on the season. The defender also scored for the Warriors, converting a penalty kick against Fresno Pacific.