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Carlin Registers Career High in Westmont Victory

December 14th, 2013
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(SANTA BARBARA, Calif.) Westmont Men’s Basketball (8-2) chronicled their seventh consecutive victory of the 2013-14’ campaign Saturday evening as they outscored the Red Hawks of Simpson University (1-11) 89-63 at home in Murchison Gymnasium.

For the Warriors, the introductory minutes of the contest were not indicative of their play to come. After falling into a quick deficit due to a rather sloppy start, Westmont head coach John Moore recalled all five of his starters just two minutes into the game.

However, led by their perennial double-double machine, Daniel Carlin (20 points, 11 rebounds), the Warriors would soon regain form. After their short hiatus, a regrouped Westmont starting five would swiftly steal back the lead, holding it for the remaining duration of the game.

“Daniel did a really nice job establishing our inside game,” exclaimed Moore. “Most importantly, he put many of (Simpson’s) players in foul trouble. Also, on a night where C.J. Miller (13 points, 4 rebounds, 2-for-9 field goals) had a tough shooting night, it was nice to see Daniel come to the forefront of our offense.”

Westmont’s Early Run Sets Up Win

December 14th, 2013
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Westmont Women’s Basketball (4-3) shot 67.3 percent from the floor (76.0 percent in the first half) on their way to an 86-55 victory over Montana Western (5-4) on Friday night in Murchison Gymnasium.

If there was any concern about rust after 20 days without a game, those concerns were quickly allayed.

The Warriors jumped out to an early 25-4 advantage while keeping the Bulldogs without a field goal for the first seven and one-half minutes. During the opening run, Celina Gougis was four for four from the field and tallied 10 points. Kelsie Sampson was three for three during the same stretch with seven points.

“It is easy to look at our stat sheet and be amazed at how well we shot the ball,” said Westmont head coach Kirsten Moore. “But what we have talked about as a team proved to be true tonight – which is that our offense stems from our defense.

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Warriors Fall in Championship Game

December 7th, 2013
Sophie Fuller was named the Select Sport America-NAIA Championship Outstanding Defensive Player

Westmont Women’s Soccer (17-2-5) couldn’t find the offense needed to win the 2013 NAIA National Championship. The Warriors, seeded at number two, fell to #4 Concordia (21-1-1) by a score of 1-0 in the championship game.

“I am really proud of the players to even be in this game,” said Westmont head coach Kristi Kiely. “We walked into the tournament one game at a time and all of a sudden we were in the championship game. It was exciting to be here and a good experience for our players.”

The winning goal came in the 65th minute off the foot of Hannah Scott. Her strike from the top of the box was deflected across the face of the goal and into the top corner of the net.

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Miller Reaches 1,000 Career Points in Warriors’ Win

December 7th, 2013
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(SANTA BARBARA, Calif.) Senior forward C.J. Miller (24 points, 9 rebounds, 2 steals) surpassed 1,000 career points in a Warrior Uniform as Westmont Men’s Basketball (7-2) took down the Bobcats of UC Merced (1-10) 84-59 Saturday night to win their sixth game in a row.

“It was an apropos night for C.J. to break 1,000 points – especially since he already had 20 by halftime,” laughed Westmont head coach John Moore. “I’m really proud of the storied basketball tradition of the Miller family. He and his father Mark (1,671 – second all-time) comprise the only father-son combo to score over 1,000 points in a Westmont uniform.”

C.J. Miller now sits at 1,023 career points. This ranks him thirty-sixth all-time at Westmont.

The Warriors set up shop inside the paint from the get-go, attempting to use their height advantage to set a dominating tone. The 6-7 Miller and 6-9 junior center Daniel Carlin (16 points, 14 rebounds, 2 assists, 2 blocks) were given repetitive looks, especially as the Warriors struggled from beyond the arc during the opening 10 minutes (1-for-5).

PK Shootout Sends Warriors to Championship Game

December 6th, 2013
Amanda Diesen

Despite falling behind by two goals for the first time all season, #2 Westmont Women’s Soccer (17-1-5) has advanced to the 2013 NAIA Women’s Soccer National Championship game. The Warriors tied #3 Northwood of Florida (17-1-2) by a score of 2-2, then won the penalty kick shootout 7-6 to earn a return to the championship game for the first time since 2003.

“Ever since (our trip to) Africa, I thought, ‘This is a special group and they are poised to do something special,'” said Westmont head coach Kristi Kiely. “I never knew what that would look like, but here we are still going. Being in the national championship game is exciting. I’m not surprised that this group was able to do it. They have put in hard work for 10 months now. I have very proud of them. I am just thankful to get to spend another day with them and to get to play for a national championship on that day.”

Neither team scored until the 40th minute of play. Courtney Stonesifer was called for a foul and Northwood’s Helen Lynskey scored on the resulting free kick. Lynskey, a senior from Rotherham, England, has scored more than 100 goals in her four year career.

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Honors Bestowed on Women’s Soccer Players

December 6th, 2013
Top Row (l-r): Carly Richardson, Alison Hensley, Christina Adams. Bottom Row (l-r) Jenny Ann Martinez, Denae Crump, Courtney Stonesifer.

Sophomore Carly Richardson of Belmont has been named as a recipient of the Select Sport America Champion of Character Scholarship for women’s soccer. Each team in the NAIA National Championship names a Champion of Character who is recognized before each of the post-season games. Richardson was chosen from among the team award winners to receive the $1,000 scholarship which is given to Westmont in her name.

Acknowledged for both their athletic and academic accomplishments were senior Alison Hensley of Huntington Beach and junior Christine Adams of Castle Rock, Colo. Both were named Capital One Academic All-Americans®. Hensley, who received the award for the third time, was named to the first team while Adams was named to the second team. Hensley, a mathematics and Spanish major holds a GPA of 3.96 while Adams is a kinesiology major in a pre-med track with a GPA of 3.9.

Only 22 women’s soccer players from across the nation are chosen to receive Academic All-American recognition in the college division. The award recipients are selected by the College Sports Information Directors of America (CoSIDA).

Hensley and Adams were also named NAIA Scholar-Athletes along with Jenny Ann Martinez of Santa Barbara, Denae Crump of Elk Grove and Courtney Stonesifer of Pleasanton. Martinez is a senior kinesiology and communication studies major with a 3.89 GPA. Crump is a senior liberal studies major with a 3.66 GPA and Stonesifer has a GPA of 3.5 as a junior kinesiology major. NAIA Scholar-Athletes must have a minimum GPA of 3.5 and must be at least a junior in academic standing.

Warriors Douse the Flames, Win Fifth Straight

December 6th, 2013
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(SANTA BARBARA, Calif.) Five Warriors reached double-digits in the scoring column as Westmont Men’s Basketball (6-2) made it five straight victories with their Friday night 90-61 win over the Flames of Bethesda University (1-8).

All but two of Westmont’s active roster recorded at least one basket, with Redshirt freshman guard Billy Keller (17 points, 2 rebounds, 2 assists, 2 steals) leading all scorers. “Billy was really special tonight,” admired Westmont head coach John Moore. “He received a huge boost of confidence from Tuesday’s game-winning shot.”

The Warriors opened the game with fervor on defense, holding the Flames scoreless until the 13:45 mark of the first half. During their run, Westmont mounted an early double-digit lead (12-2), pestering Bethesda and forcing 1-for-11 shooting.

Regardless of their initial advantage, Westmont was rather inept on offense over the course of the opening half as well. The Warriors only converted on 10 of 32 field goal attempts (31.3 percent), going 2-for-12 (16.7 percent) from three-point land. Even with their struggles, Westmont found themselves up eight at the half – 30-22.

Shutout Propels Warriors into Semifinals

December 4th, 2013
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For the first time since 2005, Westmont (17-1-4) has advanced to the semifinals of the NAIA Women’s Soccer National Championship. The Warriors defeated the #7 Panthers of Davenport of Mich. (19-3-1) by a score of 1-0 in overtime. Westmont, the number two seed, will take on #3 Northwood of Florida in the semifinals on Friday at 3:30 p.m. CST, 1:30 p.m. PST.

“It was a good match,” said Westmont head coach Kristi Kiely. “Davenport was fantastic today and made it very hard. I thought our players battled and did everything we asked.”

The golden goal came just two and one-half minutes into overtime. The Warriors earned a corner kick from the right side which was taken by Mallory Mitchell. The ball went off a defender and Sophie Fuller shielded the ball as it was going out of bounds to provide Westmont another corner kick opportunity, this time from the left side.

Mitchell’s second kick headed toward the front of the goal and found the head of a Panther defender who inadvertently put the ball in the net for an own goal.

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