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Sampson Surpasses Millennial Mark, but Warriors Fall

January 22nd, 2014
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In a battle of NAIA titans, top-ranked Vanguard (14-0, 3-0 GSAC) outlasted #12 Westmont (11-5, 2-1) and claimed a 77-71 Golden State Athletic Conference win at Murchison Gymnasium.

Despite senior forward Kelsie Sampson (16 points, 9 rebounds) sitting out the last 13 minutes of the first half due to foul trouble, Westmont led for most of the first half. Down 32-28 with seven minutes to go in the opening frame, Vanguard put together an 11-0 run over the next four minutes to take a 39-32 advantage. By halftime, the Lions had stretched their lead to 12 points (48-36). The chief culprit in the Warrior’s first half woes was Vanguard’s 14 offensive rebounds.

“Vanguard is a great team and they have a lot of dangerous weapons offensively,” noted Westmont head coach Kirsten Moore. “If you give good teams second chances you are not going to beat them. We got that figured out in the second half.”

The second half was a different story. Sampson re-entered the game and the Warriors only gave up five offensive boards.

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Warrior Woes Continue

January 21st, 2014
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(SANTA BARBARA, Calif.) Following two close, disappointing losses on the road to begin Golden State Athletic Conference play, Westmont Men’s Basketball returned to the comforts of Murchison Gymnasium Tuesday evening in hopes of taming the 23rd ranked Lions of Vanguard.

With a perfect 8-0 home record at their back, the Warriors sought to employ their strong play inside Murchison to rectify a tumultuous start to conference play. However, the Warriors’ (11-6, 0-3 GSAC) plan to obtain their first GSAC victory of the season sputtered, as they fell to the Lions (16-2, 3-0) by a score of 85-74.

“Two things our coaching staff always measures are attitude and effort,” expressed Westmont head coach John Moore. “Both of those, coming into this game, and in this game, were good. I liked how hungry we played; our execution just wasn’t good enough.”

Senior Brendan Hill (2 points, 1 rebound, 8 assists, 1 steal) catalyzed the Warriors early by dropping off a stylish assist to fellow senior Mantas Drungys (18 points, 5 rebounds, 1 assist) on Westmont’s first possession. On the team’s next trip down, Hill streaked through the lane and finished his drive with a bucket. Then, he turned around and recorded the first steal of the game by picking off an errant pass.

Lee’s Hot Streak Continues as Warriors Win

January 18th, 2014
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Westmont sophomore guard Esther Lee dropped in seven treys on nine attempts to lead #12 Westmont Women’s Basketball (12-4, 2-0 GSAC) to a 73-58 Golden State Athletic Conference win over San Diego Christian (9-6, 0-2). Lee scored 29 points; scoring 20 or more for the fourth game in a row.

The Warriors jumped out to an 8-0 lead on three-pointers by Lee and Celina Gougis (10 points, 5 rebounds) and a field goal by Lauren Sende (4 points, 4 rebounds). The Hawks responded with a 15-3 run to take a 15-11 lead, but back-to-back threes by Lee sparked a 15-1 run to put the Warriors up for good.

At halftime, the Warriors led 38-23. In the second half, San Diego Christian would get no closer than 12 points.

Kelsie Sampson recorded a double-double for the Warriors – her third of the season – scoring 23 points and pulling down 12 boards.

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Westmont Men Outgunned in High Scoring Affair

January 18th, 2014
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(EL CAJON, Calif.) The production of 95 points scored, a 57.1 field goal percentage, and a 12-of-22 team performance from three-point land generally spells out triumph on most nights. However, on Saturday evening in El Cajon, Westmont Men’s Basketball (11-5, 0-2 GSAC) fell just short of their first Golden State Athletic Conference victory on the season as they succumbed to San Diego Christian (5-6, 1-1) 98-95.

The Warriors found themselves trailing by nine just 10 minutes into the contest. Nevertheless, the men in maroon showed off their resiliency by shooting their way back into the game, cutting the Hawks’ advantage to one point at the half (44-43).

In the second half, the two teams portrayed a modern day shootout as each side dropped over 50 points in the final 20 minutes of play. Although the Warriors shot the ball profoundly, the Hawks were equally impressive from the field themselves (57.1 percent), shooting a notable 8-of-20 from beyond the arc.

One statistic that wasn’t equivalent between the two squads was turnovers. Westmont committed 13 turnovers on the night, to SDCC’s seven, with three detrimental giveaways in the last four minutes of play.

Warriors Sweep on Opening Day

January 17th, 2014
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In what is believed to be the first collegiate game of the 2014 season at any level, Westmont Baseball (2-0) won the opening game of its doubleheader against Bethesda (0-2) by a score of 7-4. Basking in temperatures in the 80s under a clear sky, the Warriors went on to produce a 4-1 win in the second game.

Left fielder Steven Pollex, a sophomore transfer from Nevada Las Vegas, led off in the bottom of the second with a solo home run in the first game, and added a two-run homer in the eighth. For the day, Pollex went four for nine at the plate and produced four RBIs. He also had a stolen base.

“Welcome to Westmont,” said Warrior head coach Robert Ruiz in response to Pollex’ performance. “Obviously, it was a big day for Stephen. It was fun to see him stay aggressive, hit the ball out of the yard two times and play well in left field.”

The Warriors added two more runs in the first inning to take an early 3-0 lead. Shortstop Joey Gonzales, a senior transfer from Mount Mercy (Iowa) who played ball for Santa Barbara High School, singled to center. Gonzales advanced to second on junior center fielder Will Barring’s infield single.

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Women’s Basketball Starts GSAC Strong

January 14th, 2014
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Westmont Women’s Basketball (10-4), ranked #12 in the NAIA National Poll released today, posted a 76-52 win over the Eagles of Biola (5-12) on the opening night of Golden State Athletic Conference play.

“I am really pleased with our presence on the court tonight, specifically on defense,” said Westmont head coach Kirsten Moore. “We played with a lot of energy and a lot of togetherness. They set a tone for what this team wants to do this year, which is attacked every single night in the GSAC. Every team is so good and we have to be as focused as we can be and as aggressive as we possibly can be.”

Kelsie Sampson scored 24 points on the Eagle’s home court and pulled down six rebounds. Esther Lee made shot 50 percent from three-point range (5 of 10) and tallied 21 points. Guard Cora Chan (5 points) led the team in rebounding with eight.

“When we play zone most of the night our guards have to play down,” explained Moore. “Cora was able to do that, which is also a credit to our big people boxing out. That allowed her to get down underneath and scrap for rebounds. It was a total team effort tonight.”

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Westmont Falls to Biola in GSAC Opener

January 14th, 2014
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By Jordan Wyatt January 14, 2014   However, Chase Gym was particularly kind to the home team. Biola’s Pierre Zook (27 points, 2 rebounds) drilled seven three-point buckets to champion the Eagles (11-6, 1-0 GSAC) to a 74-66 victory over the Warriors on opening night of Golden State Athletic Conference play. Halfway through the first […]

Warriors Douse Flames

January 11th, 2014
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Esther Lee drained five of eight three-pointers and tallied 24 points as #13 Westmont Women’s Basketball (9-4) posted a 62-52 win over Bethesda on Friday night.

“That did not come easily tonight,” said Westmont head coach Kirsten Moore after the game. “They have great size inside. They were packing it the zone and making it hard for us to score from the interior. Thankfully, Esther was hitting from the outside and got us going in the first half.”

Just three minutes and 45 seconds into the game, Westmont held a 15-2 lead with Lee contributing 11 points on three buckets from beyond the arc and a ten-foot jumper. The rest of the game proved to be closely contested with the Warriors holding no less than a five point lead and no more than a 15 point lead.

While the Warriors outshot the Flames 41.4 percent to 24.6 percent, the Flames controlled the boards 56 to 38.

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