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Bench’s Defense Key to Victory

December 30th, 2013
Aimee Brakken

Westmont Women’s Basketball (7-3) posted its fourth win in a row with a 63-46 victory over UC Merced (1-8) on the opening day of the Westmont Holiday Classic.

“We had a rusty start and a rusty game overall,” acknowledged Westmont head coach Kirsten Moore.

With 12:15 remaining on the first half clock and the score at 10-7 in favor of the Warriors, Moore made her first substitution, asking all five starters to yield the floor to all five reserves – Aimee Brakken, Natalie Florescu, Aysia Shellmire, Cora Chan and Karlie Storkson. The reserves played solid defense for the next five minutes, outscoring the Bobcats 13-1.

“They were able to establish a lead for us that we didn’t relinquish the rest of the game,” noted Moore. “On a night when we struggled to put the ball in the basket, it was really important to get some spurts defensively.”

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Warriors Withstand the Heat

December 30th, 2013

(SANTA BARBARA, Calif.) With three customary starters in street clothes – guards Brendan Hill and Billy Keller, and forward Jason Ritchey – Westmont Men’s Basketball (10-3) channeled the “next man up” mentality to burn the Heat of British Columbia Okanagan (2-13) 83-79 to advance to the championship game of the 38th Annual Tom Byron Classic.

Preceding tonight’s matchup, the Warriors had only dropped two of their 37 first-round games in the Byron –73-76 to Quincy (Ill.) in 1995 and 88-90 to Lee (Tenn.) in 1996. However, even after securing a 14-point lead at the break (51-37), the Warriors needed to scramble in the second half to avoid a historic third loss.

Led by go-to forward C.J. Miller (22 points, 9 rebounds, 2 assists, 1 block, 1 steal) and monstrous big man Marcus Farrand (12 points, 4 rebounds, 1 assist), Westmont cruised to an early lead.

Warriors Honor Byron Family with Tournament Crown

December 30th, 2013

(SANTA BARBARA, Calif.) From the get-go of the 38th Tom Byron Classic Championship Game, it was apparent that Westmont Men’s Basketball (11-3) was primed to compete, and for the second night in a row, Warrior fans witnessed just how deep head coach John Moore’s crew really is.

Upon completion of the two-day, four-game affair at Murchison Gymnasium, Moore and crew walked off of Kammerer Court and into the New Year as champions.

“It’s always fun to win this tournament for the Byron family,” said a smiling Moore. “Tom was a pretty special man to many people here at Westmont. Every time we play, I think of him.”

It was star senior C.J. Miller (21 points on 7-of-12 shooting, 3-of-3 from three, 9 rebounds, 2 assists, 2 steals) who commanded the Warriors to victory over Saskatchewan (13-2). By a score of 84-74, The Warriors claimed their 21st Byron title.

Lee Sets Record as Warriors Win

December 17th, 2013
Esther Lee set a new team record with 11 made three-pointers.

Junior guard Esther Lee lit up Murchison Gymnasium on Tuesday night as she buried 11 of 15 three-point field goals to establish a new team record for three-pointers made in a single game. Behind Lee’s 36 points and Kelsie Sampson’s double-double, #8 Westmont Women’s Basketball (6-3) posted a 77-54 win over Wayland Baptist (3-6).

“It was fun seeing Esther get hot and stay hot,” said Westmont head coach Kirsten Moore. “She was hitting some tough shots too. She had a couple open shots to get her going. Then she was hitting shots off the dribble, hitting shots in transition and hitting shots off screens.”

The previous record was held by Meghan O’Donogue who twice made 10 three-pointers in a game. The first time was against Biola on February 3, 2004. Two weeks later, she drained 10 on 11 attempts against The Master’s College.

Lee made four of her three-pointers in the first half on six attempts. She was also fouled on a three-point attempt and made all three resulting free throws. Lee sank another four three-pointers in the first nine minutes of the second half before nailing three more in a span of 55 seconds.

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Warriors Depart Phoenix in Winning Fashion

December 17th, 2013

(PHOENIX, Ariz.) In their second game in as many days, Westmont Men’s Basketball (9-3) capped off a two-game stint in the Arizona Christian Classic with another victory, this time over the Cougars of Spring Arbor (Mich.) (5-9).

In route to a 85-72 triumph, Warriors’ customary sixth-men, Mantas Drungys and Nate Marsing – both in starting roles this evening – provided the heavy lifting.

“We received a very good game out of Mantas Drungys (22 points, 3 rebounds, 4 assists, 3 steals) after C.J. Miller (11 points, 3 rebounds) got us off to a quick start in the first half,” detailed Westmont head coach John Moore. “Nate Marsing (8 points, 5 rebounds) played 31 productive minutes, the most minutes he’s played in a game in a Warrior uniform by far.

Sampson Leads Warriors to Win with 33 Point Performance

December 16th, 2013
Kelsie Sampson

Kelsie Sampson scored a career high 33 points on Monday night in Murchison Gymnasium to lead #8 Westmont Women’s Basketball (5-3) to an 85-71 win over the visiting Argos (8-4) of Great Falls (Mont.). Sampson made 14 of 27 attempts from the field and drilled five of six shots from the charity stripe. She also pulled down eight rebounds and notched three blocks.

“Kelsie was a beast inside for us tonight,” said Westmont head coach Kirsten Moore. “For a while, she was the only thing we had going on offense. We had to establish the inside game to open up our outside game. We were able to do that with Kelsie’s play in the first half, which opened up our perimeter in the second half.”

After making just two of nine from beyond the arc in the first half, Westmont converted five of eight long-range bombs in the second half. Celina Gougis went three-for-five from downtown on her way to 13 points, six rebounds and three assists.

“Celina hit some big shots and Erin Beadle’s defense was great,” noted Moore. “Karlie Storkson hit some big shots for us but it all started with Kelsie’s play inside – both offensively and defensively.”

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Four Warriors Named All-Americans

December 16th, 2013
2013 NAIA All-Americans: Lindsey Smith, Alison Hensley, Amanda Diesen, Tiffany Dimaculangan

Four Warriors have been named to the 2013 NAIA Women’s Soccer All-America teams. Senior goalkeeper Lindsey Smith of Pleasanton and senior midfielder Alison Hensley of Huntington Beach were named to the first team. Senior defender Amanda Diesen of Irvine was a second team selection. Junior midfielder Tiffany Dimaculangan of Glendora was honored as a member of the third team.

Smith allowed just 13 goals in 24 games resulting in a 0.56 goals against average – second best in the NAIA this year. She also came up big in both of Westmont’s NAIA Championship games which were decided by a shootout. In the first round against Westminster (Utah), she blocked two of three attempts by the Griffins to advance the Warriors to the second round.

In the semifinals, Smith blocked two of eight penalty kick attempts by #3 Northwood (Fla.) as the Warriors won the shootout 7-6 to give Westmont a berth in the championship game.

“Lindsey has grown into an incredible goalkeeper and I believe one of the best in the nation,” said Westmont head coach Kristi Kiely. “This award represents all of the hard work she’s put in over the past four years. She will certainly go down in Westmont Women’s Soccer as one of the best to come through the program.”

Warriors Drop Tournament Opener to #2 Wooster

December 16th, 2013

(PHOENIX, Ariz.) In the opening game of the Arizona Christian Classic in Phoenix Monday evening, Westmont Men’s Basketball (8-3) fell to the Fighting Scots of NCAA Division III #2 College of Wooster (Ohio) (8-0) by a score of 53-47.

The first 20 minutes consisted of a defensive battle, as both teams ended the initial half with less than 30 points. The Warriors held on to a 29-22 lead at the half, thanks in part to guard Nate Marsing (14 points, 4 rebounds) who played substantial minutes in the wake of Billy Keller’s injury Saturday against Simpson.

“Nate played exceptionally well,” exclaimed Westmont head coach John Moore. “He produced the best game of anyone on our roster tonight and made big play after big play. We needed someone to step up in Billy’s absence and Nate filled the role.”

Along with Marsing’s 10 first half points, Westmont forced Wooster to shoot just 31.8 percent (7-for-22) from the field, while converting on 43.5 percent of their own attempts. However, the second half would spawn a different story as the Warriors would falter from the free-throw line and drop their field goal percentage to a paltry 29.4 percent.