Warriors Fell Oaks behind Shellmires’ 23

Submitted by: Ron Smith - November 24th, 2014

 

Celina Gougis

Celina Gougis

Sophomore forward Aysia Shellmire took control of the lane on Saturday night in Murchison Gymnasium to help lead the Warriors to a 74-62 win over the Oaks of Menlo in the final game of the Best Western Plus Carpinteria Classic. Shellmire led all scorers with 23 points and nine rebounds.

“I thought we played very tough tonight,” said Westmont head coach Kirsten Moore. “Menlo is very physical and a good basketball team. We needed 40 minutes of defensive effort to win this game. We played two halves of defense and were able to outrebounded them. Those are the two things that will lead us to success this year – defense and rebounding.”

The Warriors collected 50 rebounds (18 offensive) to the Oaks’ 39.

“We had a great effort off the bench,” noted Moore. “Aysia was dominant inside tonight and Karlie Storkson (10 points, 3 rebounds, 2 assists) gave us really big minutes. It shows that we have great depth on this team.

“Every night it is someone different,” reflected the coach. “Celina Gougis (17 points, 6 rebounds) knocked down huge shots for us tonight going four for six from the three point line and playing through an injury partway through the game. She is tough and so steady and exemplifies the grit we want to be about.”

With the game tied at six, Menlo’s Jolise Limcaco (8 points, 2 rebounds), completed a traditional three point play to give the Oaks a 9-6 advantage with 15:39 showing on the first-half clock.

The game was scoreless for the next three minutes and 40 seconds before Amber Lane (4 points, 7 rebounds) dropped in a jumper to give Menlo an 11-6 advantage. However, the Warriors scored the next 11 points to go up 17-11 with 7:27 to play. Gougis scored six of the Warriors’ points during that run.

By half time, the Warriors led 36-26 and never led by less than nine in the second half.

The Oaks were led in scoring by Laurel Donnenwirth who recorded a double-double of 16 points and 11 rebounds.

Westmont’s Krissy Carr tallied nine points, four rebounds and six assists.

The Warriors return to Murchison Gymnasium on Tuesday night for a non-conference match-up with the Cougars of Cal State San Marcos (1-4). Tip-off is scheduled for 5:30 p.m.

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