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Warriors Extinguish Firestorm

January 30th, 2014
Aimee Brakken

Westmont Women’s Basketball (13-6, 4-2 GSAC), ranked at number 14 in the NAIA, posted a convincing 80-48 Golden State Athletic Conference win over the Firestorm of Arizona Christian (5-15, 0-6) on Thursday night in Murchison Gymnasium.

Head coach Kirsten Moore gave her ten players nearly equal playing time with no one playing more than 23 minutes and no one playing less than 17. As a result, five different Warriors scored in double figures.

Esther Lee led all scorers with 16 points while going four for eight from three-point range. Kelsie Sampson and Aysia Shellmire each added 12 points while pulling down nine and seven rebounds respectively. Natalie Florescu contributed 11 points and Lauren Sende dropped in 10 points while going a perfect three for three from the field and four for four from the charity stripe.

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Ritchey Shines in Warriors’ Third Straight Win

January 30th, 2014

SANTA BARBARA, Calif.) Whether it’s the lineup change, reinvigoration, pride, or even “the shoes,” Westmont Men’s Basketball (14-6, 3-3 GSAC) is simply in the zone right now in Golden State Athletic Conference competition.

For the third time in as many games, the Warriors seized the day. In a rare Thursday evening contest, Westmont fans were delighted with a terrific match of grit and guts that concluded in a 72-68 Warrior triumph over #25 Arizona Chrisitian (16-5, 2-4 GSAC).

“This victory comes down to two things: seniors, and these ‘kicks,’” communicated Westmont head coach John Moore as he pointed to his tennis shoes that the Warrior coaching staff is wearing for the annual Coaches Versus Cancer campaign. “We’re in great shape with our seniors in the starting lineup, and I’m definitely not taking my shoes off for the rest of the season – at least while we’re on the winning streak.”

In the first 48 seconds, senior guard Mantas Drungys (3 points, 1 rebound, 2 steals) acquired two personal fouls that erupted the crowd inside Murchison Gymnasium, morphing them into a boisterous frenzy. In fact, between both squads, six fouls were called in the first two and a half minutes.

Warriors Tame High-Scoring Mustangs

January 29th, 2014
Lauren Sende

After suffering its first two-game losing streak in more than a year last week, #14 Westmont Women’s Basketball (12-6, 3-2 GSAC) made a statement on Tuesday night in Murchison Gymnasium by defeating #9 The Master’s (16-4, 4-1) in Golden State Athletic Conference play. The Warriors, who have not lost three in a row since the end of the 2010-11 season, defeated the Mustangs 59-54.

“We have had a tough stretch with three ranked teams in a row,” remarked Westmont head coach Kirsten Moore. “We lost the first two in tough ways. But we learned things from both of those games that we put into practice today. It was nice to see us bounce back and come up with a big win against a really good team. I was really proud of our defense. It was great to hold a team that averages 81 points to 54.”

With the score tied at eight points each, Celina Gougis (10 points, 8 rebounds, 4 assists) sank a three-point bucket, giving the Warriors a lead that grew to 10 points (31-21) at the intermission. The Warriors held on to that lead through the first ten minutes of the second half.

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Senior Ship Still Sailing

January 28th, 2014

(SANTA BARBARA, Calif.)The decision: it has now been two games since Westmont head coach John Moore made a tactical change to start all five of his seniors. The effect: another Golden State Athletic Conference victory.

Tonight, fans in Westmont’s Murchison Gymnasium witnessed a highly defensive affair that culminated in a 58-50 victory over the Mustangs of The Master’s (13-7, 1-4 GSAC). With two conference wins in as many games, Westmont Men’s Basketball (13-6, 2-3 GSAC) is back in stride.

“Nobody looks at a defensive battle in basketball and equates it to a beautiful concert or a wonderfully choreographed ballet,” Moore eloquently articulated. “But for those who love defense, well, we put on a show tonight.”

In repetitive fashion of Saturday’s contest against 23rd ranked Hope International, it was Brendan Hill (2 points, 3 rebounds, 8 assists) assisting Marcus Farrand (12 points, 7 rebounds, 4 blocks) to begin the competition. Farrand, the 6-7 senior captain, put in eight of the Warriors’ first 13 points, registered three quick blocks, and supplied ubiquitous post defense throughout.

Warriors Compete at APU Indoor Meet

January 26th, 2014
Nate Evans

Westmont’s Nate Evans earned a provisional qualification to the NAIA Indoor National Championship competing in the men’s 800 meters at the Azusa Pacific Indoor All-Comers Meet on Saturday. Evans crossed the finish line in fourth place in a time of 1:56.19.

The meet was the first of 2014 in which Westmont athletes could qualify to compete at the national championships. Though no other Westmont athletes met qualification standards in Azusa, they will have additional opportunities to do so at meets hosted by Westmont the next two weekends.

In other men’s events at Azusa, Evan Bradford won the 3,000 meter race in a time of 8:48.31 and Shane Rowan placed first in the men’s triple jump with a mark of 13.69 meters. Claiming second place finishes were Tyler Moore in the men’s 400 meter dash in a time of 49.94, Ben Kingsley in the shot put with a mark of 14.83 meters and Benjamin McCollum in the high jump with a height of 1.80 meters.


Royals Upset Warriors

January 25th, 2014
Natalie Florescu

For just the second time in a 32-game history, Westmont Women’s Basketball (11-6, 2-2 GSAC) fell to the Royals of Hope International (14-4, 3-1). The #21 Royals defeated the #12 Warriors by a score of 60-49.

The Warrior’s shot just 23.1 percent from the floor in the second half (6 of 26) and 30.2 percent for the game (16 of 53). The Royals shot 29.8 percent for the game (17 of 57) but outrebounded the Warriors 44-38.

Westmont turned a 24-22 lead at halftime into a 28-22 advantage early in the second half on layups by Karlie Storkson (4 points) and Esther Lee. The Royals responded with jumpers by Brittany Bauman (10 points) and Andrina Rendon , reducing Westmont’s advantage back to two (28-26) with 16:24 remaining on the clock.

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Baseball Swept in Doubleheader

January 25th, 2014
Brent Fukushima

Westmont Baseball (2-3, 0-3 GSAC) fell victim to the Hawks of #22 San Diego Christian in both games of a doubleheader on Saturday at Russ Carr Field. The Warriors lost the first game 6-3 and the second 7-2.

In the opener, Westmont took a 1-0 lead in the bottom of the second on a solo home run by David Gabel that hit the scoreboard. However, the Warriors gave up three runs in the top of the fourth and two in the top of the fifth to fall behind 5-1.

In the bottom of the fifth, the Warriors put together a two-out rally and scored twice. Second baseman Brent Fukushima walked and center fielder Michael Frigon laid down a bunt single. An error on the throw from the Hawk’s third baseman allowed Fukushima to reach third on the play.

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Hawks Win GSAC Opener with Five-Run 10th

January 24th, 2014
Chris Stroh

Westmont starting pitcher Torin Shaikh (1-0) left the game with a 3-2 lead after five and two-third innings on the mound, but the senior right-hander would have to settle for a no decision. Westmont (2-1) gave up one run in the top of the seventh and five in the top of the tenth as the Warriors fell 8-3 to #22 San Diego Christian (3-0) on the opening day of Golden State Athletic Conference Play.

The two teams will meet again tomorrow at Russ Carr field for a doubleheader beginning at 11 o’clock.

San Diego Christian lit up the scoreboard first when lead-off hitter Cade Gotta smashed a towering fly ball that just cleared the outfield fence near the third base foul pole. The Hawks added another run in the opening inning when Chad Erickson scored from third on a ground out by Gilbert Viera.

In the bottom of the fourth inning, Westmont bats went to work to give the Warriors three runs. With one away, senior second baseman Brent Fukushima reached on a walk. When sophomore third baseman Graylin Derke singled right field, Fukushima advanced to second.

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