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Archive for February, 2014

Beat Biola, Beat Cancer

February 26th, 2014

On Saturday night, Westmont Men’s and Women’s Basketball will host rival Biola in the final game of the regular season. The game will also serve as Westmont’s Play 4Kay night in which proceeds raised from a number of activities will go to the Kay Yow Cancer Fund to help support cancer research. Kay Yow was the head coach at North Carolina who died of cancer in 2009.

Kenon Neal, a member of the Westmont family, will be honored for her fight against cancer during halftime of the women’s game. Neal will be introduced by Sandi White of Westmont who is recovering from her own battle with cancer.

During halftime of the men’s game, former Los Angeles Laker and Oregon State basketball player and coach Jay Carty will speak to the crowd. Carty is also a cancer survivor.

Fans are encouraged to help “Pink Out” the gym by wearing pink to the games on Saturday. The women’s game begins at 5:30 and the men’s at 7:30. A silent auction of customized player’s shooting shirts (men’s and women’s) will be held during each game and fans will also have the opportunity to purchase limited edition “Love Westmont” T-shirts. After the game, a free ice cream social will be held in the gym with participants encouraged to donate at least one dollar.

Weekend’s Baseball Games Postponed

February 26th, 2014

Due to the coming of heavy rains in the Santa Barbara area, this weekend’s three-game baseball series against Arizona Christian has been postponed.

Friday’s single game was been rescheduled for 3:00 p.m. on Tuesday, March 11. Saturday’s doubleheader has been rescheduled for Thursday, April 10 at noon.

With the revisions, Westmont’s next scheduled games are against The Master’s Mustangs for a three-game series on March 7 and 8.

Closer Than You Think

February 26th, 2014

(AZUSA, Calif.) Westmont Women’s Tennis, ranked at #12 in the NAIA, travelled south Wednesday to take on the Cougars of former Golden State Athletic Conference rival #16 (NCAA Division II) Azusa Pacific (7-1).

Even though the Warriors (5-4, 4-0 GSAC) ended up dropping the match 8-1, the contest was much more competitive than the final results indicate. Addtionally, the event lasted four hours before all racquets were laid to rest.

The Cougars swept doubles, but the sisters Stratman – sophomore Lauren and freshman Kate – held an early advantage in the number one slot before falling 8-4. Sophomores Jessica Cedillo and Haley Strandness also lost a tight match, succumbing 8-5 at number two doubles.

In singles, the elder Stratman claimed the only Westmont victory of the day, defeating #25 (NCAA II) Emily Harris 6-4, 6-4. With the win, Stratman improved to 7-1 on the season.

Sampson’s 35 Leads Warriors to Win

February 26th, 2014
Westmont head coach Kirsten Moore

Kelsie Sampson put up a career-tying 35 points on Tuesday night in Murchison Gymnasium as #11 Westmont Women’s Basketball (18-8, 9-4 GSAC) recorded an 80-55 Golden State Athletic Conference win over Concordia (11-14, 4-9 GSAC). The senior forward made 14 of 22 attempts from the floor.

Sampson also pulled down 10 rebounds to notch her seventh double-double of the season.

Concordia’s only lead came with 2:50 to go in the first half when Stephanie Larson hit a jumper to put the Eagles up 27-26. Westmont responded by closing out the first half on a 9-0 run, beginning with a three-point bucket by Esther Lee (15 points, 5 rebounds).

The Eagles closed to within four in the opening minutes of the second half, but once again, Lee struck from beyond the arc, propelling the Warriors on an 11-2 run to take a 48-35 lead with 13:21 remaining in the game. The Warriors never led by less than 11 points the rest of the way.

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More Warriors Qualify for Nationals

February 23rd, 2014
Christian Hatchett celebrates after winning the 4 x 400 meter relay.

The Westmont Track was filled with the sounds of a meet between UC Santa Barbara, Pepperdine and Westmont on Saturday afternoon. For Westmont athletes it was the final day of qualifying for the NAIA Indoor Track and Field Championship. Several Warriors earned their way into the championship event which will be held in Geneva, Ohio March 6-8.

In field events, Becky Collier, who had previously earned an automatic entry into the high jump event at indoor nationals with a jump of 1.70 meters, added another five centimeters to her season best, clearing 1.75 meters (5-8.75).

Kristan Holding exceeded the provisional qualification standard in the long jump with a mark of 5.37 meters (17-7.5), bettering her previous season best of 5.11 meters.

Shane Rowan exceeded the provisional qualification mark in the men’s triple jump, posting a distance of 14.06 meters. However, he previously earned an automatic qualification with a jump of 14.30 meters.

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Baseball Completes Sweep

February 23rd, 2014
Shortstop Joey Gonzales

With a 7-2 victory in the first game of a doubleheader against Menlo and a 7-1 win in the second, Westmont Baseball (11-9) completed a three-game sweep of the Oaks from Menlo College (7-5).

In the opening game, Russell Harmening gave up just one unearned run on five hits in five innings of work to secure the victory. Harmening struck on six and walked three. Devin Matson pitched a scoreless seventh, eighth and ninth inning to earn a save. Matson allowed just two hits.

Shortstop Joey Gonzales tripled to left field in the first inning and went two for four at the plate. First baseman David Gabel tripled to left center in the third inning as part of a two-for-three performance. Designated hitter Alex Bush completed a Warrior trifecta of triples in the sixth inning when he went down the right field line to drive in Will Barring for the Warriors’ fourth run of the game. Bush went two for four.

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Women’s Basketball Wins a Squeaker

February 23rd, 2014
Esther Lee

After being outshot by nearly 10 percentage points (43.8 to 33.9), #9 Westmont Women’s Basketball (17-8, 8-4 GSAC) was happy to get out of Phoenix with a 59-55 Golden State Athletic Conference win over the Firestorm of Arizona Christian (5-21, 0-12).

The Warriors overcame a lackluster shooting performance (20 of 59) with a combination of free throws, second-chance points and fewer turnovers. Westmont made 15 of 21 free throws compared to Arizona Christian’s eight of ten. Fourteen offensive rebounds turned in to 13 second-chance points while the Firestorm had just three. The Warriors limited their turnovers to just nine against the Firestorms’ 17, resulting in a 22 points off turnovers for Westmont and just six for Arizona Christian.

Kelsie Sampson led the Warriors in scoring and on the boards with 21 points and nine rebounds. Lauren Sende added 12 points and six rebounds while Esther Lee contributed 13 points and three boards. All but two of the Warriors’ points were scored by the starting five.

Warriors Scorch Firestorm, Gear Up for Vanguard

February 22nd, 2014

(PHOENIX) Head coach Mark Basham and company departed Phoenix red-hot. However, this is not due to sweltering desert temperatures or because they just clashed with the “Firestorm” of Arizona Christian (1-4, 1-4 GSAC).

Instead, the fifth-ranked team in the NAIA completed a 9-0 scorching of their Golden State Athletic Conference opponent to move to 6-1 (4-0) on the season, improving on their already immaculate start in league play.

When asked about his team’s 12-set sweep of singles and the Warriors’ outstanding display in doubles, Basham gave a straightforward answer, “We just played solid tennis.”

“It was long, but good trip, and an even better bonding experience for the team,” continued the coach. “After three matches over the past week, it will be nice to just hit the reset button and take some time to fine-tune our game as we have a week off before our next match.”