Warriors Start Season in Malibu

Submitted by: Ron Smith - October 30th, 2013


As it has in each of the last seven years, Westmont Women’s Basketball started the 2013-14 season with an exhibition game in Malibu against the Waves of Pepperdine. Ranked third in the NAIA preseason coaches’ poll, the Warriors fell to the Waves 57-55.

Pepperdine’s Amanda Lovely (7 points, 7 rebounds) gave the Waves the win when she pulled down an offensive rebound and scored on the put-back with 2.9 seconds remaining in the game.

Three Warriors scored in double-figures. Esther Lee went five for 13 from the field – including three for eight from three-point range – to lead all scorers with 13 points. Celina Gougis made five of 16 shots from the floor on her way to 12 points and five assists. Keslie Sampson tallied 10 points and nine rebounds.

Pepperdine was led by Bria Richardson who scored 11 points and pulled down eight rebounds.

With the game tied at 10 in the first half, Gougis scored on a jumper that sparked a 9-2 protracted run. Three and one-half minutes later, Lee continued the run with a three-point bucket. After Pepperdine’s Tessa Emerson (8 points) responded with a layup, Aimee Brakken (5 points) hit a jumper and Erin Beadle (2 points, 7 assists) made two free throws to complete the run.

Pepperdine, however, scored the next 11 points to take their first lead of the game and go ahead 23-19 with 3:38 remaining in the opening frame. One minute later, Cora Chan (3 points) struck from beyond the three-point line to bring the Warriors to within one (23-22). Gougis then added a jumper to retake the lead for Westmont.

After two free throws by Pepperdine’s Kelsey Brockway (8 points, 10 rebounds), Aysia Shellmire (6 points, 8 rebounds) scored on a jumper for Westmont and completed the three-point play with a free throw. Lovely then scored to tie the game at 27 with 36 seconds before the intermission.

Twenty-six seconds later, Sampson scored on a layup, but the Waves’ Allie Green (3 points, 6 rebounds) scored just before the clock expired to produce a 29-29 halftime score.

Pepperdine came out strong in the second half, scoring the first seven points in a minute and one-half to take a seven point lead. Eight minutes into the half, the Waves held a 12-point lead at 46-34.

The Warriors began whittling away at the lead and pulled to within one point (53-52) on a layup by Sampson with 3:19 remaining in the contest. Neither team scored until the clock read 1:25 when Emerson scored on a layup to give the Waves a 55-52 advantage.

Gougis drained a three-point basket to tie the game at 55 with 1:04 to play. However, the Warriors never regained possession. The Waves missed three shots, but pulled down three offensive boards. The third rebound was by Lovely and led to the winning score.

Westmont is scheduled for another exhibition on Friday night at USC. Tip-off is 7:00 p.m.

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