Warriors Battle to Win Over Bethesda

Submitted by: Ron Smith - December 20th, 2014

 

Krissy Carr

Krissy Carr

Junior Krissy Karr tallied 23 points as #11 Westmont Women’s Basketball (8-3) posted a 67-58 win over the visiting Flames of Bethesda (6-9). Karr dropped in five three-pointers as the Warriors drained 14 buckets from beyond the arc.

“Krissy set the tone from the beginning and had great command on the court,” said Westmont head coach Kirsten Moore, “not just with her scoring, but she also had seven assists, three steals and was getting deflections.”

The Warriors fell behind 9-0 to start the game with the Flames’ Lisette Longomo (21 points, 4 rebounds) accounting for all the early scoring. A quick time out by Moore and a change of defensive strategy got the Warriors back on track. Karr and Celina Gougis (12 points, 3 rebounds) knocked down back-to-back threes to get the Warriors back in the game.

“I was really proud of the girt my team showed,” said Moore. “We have been focusing on being a gritty team when things get tough – and things have been tough. We needed that grit to get a win tonight against a very athletic, very dangerous team. We were able to maintain the lead most of the game, but it was neck and neck. Every basket mattered and every stop mattered and every rebound mattered.”

Another of Gougis’ four three-pointers gave the Warriors a 21-21 tie with seven and one half minutes to go in the opening frame. The lead seesawed back and forth in the rest of the half before Karr drained another from beyond the arc to send the Warriors into halftime with a 33-29 advantage.

“I thought our guards played great tonight,” said Moore. “They were very aggressive against a team that played all zone. We had Esther (Lee) out, but we had people step up. Karlie Storkson and Amiee Brakken also came in off the bench and hit big threes.”

Lee was sidelined with an injury for today’s contest.

Westmont opened up the second half with a 12-4 run to go up 45-33. However, Bethesda scored 12 of the next 13 points to pull within one 46-45 with nine minutes showing on the clock.

Aysia Shellmire (7 points, 7 rebounds) responded with a layup to extend the Warrior lead to three. However, Longomo scored on a jumper and 6-5 senior center Emillie Nuamamdibu (9 points, 9 rebounds) did the same to give Bethesda a brief 49-48 lead.

Westmont came back with a three-point bucket by Storkson and a jumper by Cora Chan (11 points, 3 rebounds, 5 assists) to reclaim the lead for Westmont (53-49) with seven minutes to play.

Two and one-half minutes later, with the Warriors up by three, Chan drained a three-pointer to give Westmont a 61-55 advantage.

“Cora’s three out of the time out was, in my opinion, the biggest shot of the game,” said Moore.

The rest of the Warriors’ scoring was accomplished by Karr who made six free throws as part of an eight-for-eight performance from the charity stripe.

Asked about her team taking 29 three-point attempts, Moore replied, “With (a) 6-5 (defender) on the low block not leaving the paint, you are not going to get very many paint points. We were still going in there, but we were looking to kick out. Our guards were able to get good looks with our feet set. A lot of times we made the extra pass to an open shooter who knocked it down. I’m proud of the players for their focus and confidence when they shot the ball.

“Our competitiveness and cohesion working together offensively was leaps and bounds ahead of where we were at the last couple of weeks,” offered the coach.

Westmont players now head home for some rest and Christmas celebration with their families. The Warriors will return to campus to host the Holiday Classic on December 29 and 30 which will feature Georgetown (Ky.), UC Merced and San Diego Christian.

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