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Warriors Garner GSAC Awards

February 27th, 2012

After sewing up the Golden State Athletic Conference women’s basketball regular season championship last week, Westmont Women’s Basketball has received numerous awards from the conference.

Junior Tugce Canitez of Izmir, Turkey has been named the GSAC Player of the Year while head coach Kirsten Moore has received GSAC Coach of the Year honors. Joining Canitez on the All-GSAC team are senior captains Katie Kittle of Colusa, California and Lisa Peterson of Citrus Heights, California. Junior Jillian Wilber of Fillmore was named a GSAC Scholar-Athlete.

“I’ve always said that individual awards are representations of a team’s success,” said Westmont head coach Kirsten Moore. “All of these awards are indications of the success we have had as a group. Every person has added to what we are doing for those honors to be given.”

Canitez led the GSAC in scoring, tallying 560 points (19.3 points per game). She was second in rebounding – averaging 10.3 per game – and fourth in field goal percentage at 50.4 (192 of 381). Canitez also ranked seventh in free throw percentage in the conference at 75.5 (163 of 216).

“Tugce possess so many different skills, which enables her to have the success she does on the floor,” said Moore. “She is not just a scorer; she is also an incredible rebounder and passer. She makes those around her better, she’s a good defender and she has a high basketball IQ and understanding of what is going on with the game. I believe the completeness of her game is why she was honored as the Player of the Year.”

Branson, Miller Named to All-GSAC Team

February 27th, 2012

Westmont’s Preston Branson from Dallas, Texas and C.J. Miller of La Verne, California, have been named to the All-Golden State Athletic Conference Men’s Basketball Team. This marks the second year in a row that Branson has received All-GSAC honors.

Branson, a junior guard, led the conference in scoring for the second year in a row, averaging 17.6 points per game and tallying 474 points. He was third in the GSAC in free throw percentage at 84.9 (169 of 199).

On February 8, Branson became the 39th member of Westmont 1,000 point club. Currently he has 1,096 career points and sits in twenty-eighth place on the career scoring list. He is eighth in career free throws at 351.

Miller, a sophomore forward, leads the GSAC in three-point shooting percentage at 44.7 (42 of 94), which is ninth best in Warrior single season history. Miller is twelfth in the conference in scoring at 12.6 points per game. He is also twelfth in field goal percentage at 52.5 (126 of 240) and tenth in rebounding at 6.0 per game.

Warriors Overcome by Cougars

February 26th, 2012

Westmont Men’s Basketball (19-8, 11-7 GSAC), ranked at number 21 in the NAIA, fell in the final regular season game of the Golden State Athletic Conference schedule to number 24 Azusa Pacific (23-7, 12-6) by a score of 77-69. The loss drops the Warriors from a tie for second to fifth place in the GSAC standings.

As a result, Westmont will return to Azusa Pacific on Thursday, March 1 to open GSAC Tournament play as the number five seed. Tip-off is scheduled for 7:30 p.m.

“I’d much rather play at home,” said Westmont head coach John Moore. “We are the odd team out and it is very disappointing for us to be the case. We will lick our wounds this evening and then we will gear up for coming back down here to Azusa. Our guys will be very well prepared.”

The Warriors jumped out to an early 19-11 lead with C.J. Miller accounting for 12 of the Warriors 19 points. But Azusa Pacific rattled off nine points to take the lead. By halftime, the Cougars led 35-30.

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Cougars Hand Warriors Third Loss

February 26th, 2012

Fifth-ranked Westmont Women’s Basketball (26-3, 16-2 GSAC) dropped their final Golden State Athletic Conference game of the regular season to #12 Azusa Pacific (22-6, 15-3) by a score of 76-64. Last Tuesday, the Warriors clinched the GSAC regular season championship and top-seed in the upcoming GSAC Tournament. However, the loss tonight could result in a lower seed in the NAIA National Tournament.

Aubrey Lincoln led the Warriors in scoring with 23 points, while Tugce Canitez posted 14 points and pulled down 10 rebounds. Lisa Peterson added seven points and eight rebounds.

“Azusa played great,” acknowledged Westmont head coach Kirsten Moore. “Their seniors played great. Briana Hall had 31 points and nine assists and we struggled to defender. Hopefully, we learned a few things that will help us going into postseason play.”

Amber Williams notched 12 points and 11 rebounds for the Cougars while Rebecca Roehrkasse added 10 points and three rebounds.

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Westmont Splits Doubleheader with Fresno Pacific

February 26th, 2012

Westmont Basketball (6-9-1, 1-3 GSAC) split a Golden State Athletic Conference doubleheader with #17 Fresno Pacific (11-5, 3-1), winning the first game 3-2 then falling in the second 3-7.

In the early game, the Warriors fell behind 2-0 before scoring three runs in the bottom of the sixth. Westmont starter Dan Cabuling, who would eventually be credited with the win, walked in a run in the second inning to give Fresno Pacific a 1-0 lead. In the top of the third, Scott Laird hit into a fielder’s choice that allowed Michael Vaughn to score from third.

In the sixth, Westmont’s Tim Leary led off the inning and reached on an error by Frenso Pacific’s right fielder Kevin Magill. Coby Cress then singled to left field, moving Leary to second where Geoff Rocha took his place as a pinch runner.

David Gabel came to the plate and attempted a sacrifice bunt. However, Rocha was thrown out at third, leaving runners at first and second with one away. Fresno Pacific loaded the bases by hitting designated hitter Jarratt Rouse with a pitch.

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Sunbirds Take Two from Warriors

February 23rd, 2012

Westmont Baseball didn’t have the conference opener they had hoped for at Fresno Pacific. The Warriors lost both games of a Golden State Athletic Conference doubleheader, falling 9-5 in the first game and 8-3 in the second.

“We gave up too many runs in the early innings. That is something that you cannot do on the road,” said Westmont head coach Robert Ruiz. “We got away from our hitting plan today. In the last three innings of the second game they only threw 24 pitches. Especially in a seven inning game, we can’t let that happen.”

Fresno Pacific scored a single run in the bottom of the first inning, but Westmont evened the score in the top of the second after designated hitter Tim Leary led of the innings with a double down the left field line. One out later, Leary reached third when catcher Jarrett Rouse singled up the middle. Hunter Christenson’s ground ball to second allowed Leary to score.

“Tim Leary put pressure on the pitchers early,” said Ruiz. “Jarrett Rouse has been hitting well and went two for three in the first game.”

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Warriors Cut Down the Nets

February 22nd, 2012

With an 86-66 win over Fresno Pacific (13-16, 5-12 GSAC), #5 Westmont Women’s Basketball claimed its first ever Golden State Athletic Conference regular season championship, boosting their overall record to 26-2 and their conference mark to 16-1. Following the game, the Warriors cut down the nets in celebration.

“This is something that a lot of generations of Warriors have been working toward,” said Westmont head coach Kirsten Moore. “Tonight, as I celebrated with this group, I thought about how many alumni have put in the work each and every year to build to this point. This year we had a group that was willing to take the torch that was passed to them and realize that goal that we have had in this program for a long time.”

The crowd applauded for each Warrior as they climbed the rungs of the ladder one by one to snip off a bit of the net.

“I was very proud watching those players climb the ladder and cut down the nets,” said Moore. “They set goals that weren’t going to be easy to reach and were going to require a lot of sacrifice. They stuck with it and did what they needed to do to accomplish that goal. We also know we are not done yet. We have more basketball to play this year and more goals to reach.”

Men’s Basketball Poised for Finale after Win

February 22nd, 2012

C.J. Miller poured in career high 27 points and pulled down seven rebounds to help lead #21 Westmont Men’s Basketball to an 88-82 victory over Fresno Pacific (14-15, 5-12 GSAC) on Tuesday night in Murchison Gymnasium. As a result of the victory, Westmont stands in a four-way tie for second place in the Golden State Athletic Conference standings with Azusa Pacific, Biola and Point Loma Nazarene.

“It is great to be back in the winner’s circle,” said Westmont head coach John Moore. “We needed this to be back in the hunt. It was great to play as well as we did against their zone. They have a very tough zone. In the first half we shot it really well, in the second half we executed particularly well – moving the ball and getting it in the right people’s hands.”

The start of the game was delayed past the customary 7:30 start time to allow the Westmont Women’s Basketball team an opportunity to cut down the nets after clinching the GSAC regular season championship with an 86-66 win against Fresno Pacific.

“As a men’s basketball program, we are delighted and enthusiastically pleased with the success of our women,” said Moore. “It was such a great way to top off a fantastic season. I am really happy for (head coach) Kirsten (Moore) and (assistant coach) Selena (Ho) and all the players. It is important for people to understand how much our programs are connected. There is a lot of good will between our two programs.”

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