Moore Records 200th Win

Submitted by: Ron Smith - November 25th, 2014

 

Coach Kirsten Moore

Coach Kirsten Moore

Westmont Women’s Basketball (7-0), ranked 13th in the NAIA, cruised to a 79-54 win over Cal State San Marcos (1-5) on Tuesday night at Murchison Gymnasium. The win was the 200th in the career of head coach Kirsten Moore.

“I had absolutely no idea. It is not something I pay attention to,” said Moore when informed of the accomplishment. “I hope what it means is that we have built a successful program here and have continued to put together great teams that have a chance to win every night. The women who have put on the Warrior jersey over the years are the ones who have accomplished the wins for us night in and night out. Hopefully, we can get a lot more.”

In her tenth season at the helm of the Warrior program, Moore has put together an impressive record of 200-88 for a winning percentage of .694. In her nine seasons, she has collected one national championship and two Golden State Athletic Conference championships.

Moore has also been named the NAIA Coach of the Year once and the GSAC Coach of the Year twice. Five times her players have earned NAIA All-American honors and 15 have been named to the All-GSAC Team.

Tuesday’s game was another indication that the Warriors continue to be on the winning track.

“I thought we had a great defensive effort in the first half, particularly getting out in passing lanes and disrupting them and taking them out of any kind of flow of offense,” said Moore. “Our execution was good on both ends. We were taking good open shots, which is why we were shooting a high percentage.”

The Warriors outscored the Cougars 48-19 in the first half while shooting 50 percent from the floor (13 of 34) including 50 percent from three-point range (six of 12).

Down 6-4 a minute and one-half into the game, the Warriors wend on a 17-0 run over the next six minutes and never looked back.

Esther Lee made four of five from three-point range one her way to a team high 14 points, three rebounds and three assists. Lauren Sende scored 12 points and pulled down four boards while Lauren McCoy added eight points and six boards. Krissy Karr notched six points and 10 assists.

What excited Moore, however, was the play of her bench.

“It was great to get everybody in with lots of playing time for some of the new players who have not had as much,” said Moore. “Haleigh Filer (8 points) was awesome tonight. Her whole family was here so it was fun to see her come in and make good things happen. She had two steals, four rebounds and hit a couple of threes.”

Also coming off the bench to score big was Aysia Shellmire (9 points, 7 rebounds) and Morgan Haskin (8 points, 2 rebounds). No one played more than 21 minutes for the Warriors.

The Warriors will now disperse for the Thanksgiving Holiday with families, and then reassemble on Saturday to prepare for the start of conference play. On Tuesday, Westmont will travel to Costa Mesa to take on #3 Vanguard (2-0) in its first GSAC contest of the season.

“Hopefully, we can carry this momentum through our Thanksgiving celebrations into our first conference game,” said Moore.

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