Warriors Show off Depth in Win over Georgetown

Submitted by: Ron Smith - December 31st, 2014

 

Cora Chan

Cora Chan

In a key match-up between ranked opponents, #11 Westmont Women’s Basketball (10-3) benefited from 30 points from the bench on its way to a 65-54 victory over #25 Georgetown from Kentucky (10-5).

“I am really proud of how our team responded to not having played well for weeks now,” said Westmont head coach Kirsten Moore. “We have really been struggling and even last night did not play the way we are capable of.”

Yesterday, the Warriors snuck past UC Merced 64-63 on the first day of the Westmont Holiday Classic, but did not feel good about their performance.

“I thought the team played with a lot of grit today,” said Moore. “They played great, purposeful defense and played with purpose all around. That enabled us to beat a very good team in Georgetown.

“Off the bench, Cora Chan (15 points) and Karly Storkson (9 points, 2 rebounds) were huge for us tonight. That goes to show the depth and the potential of this team.

“In addition, we had double-doubles from (starters) Lauren McCoy (12 points, 11 rebounds) and Aysia Shellmire (10 points, 10 rebounds).”

The first half was characterized by a close back-and-forth battle with neither team gaining more than a four point advantage. That is until Chan sank two free throws and then hit a jumper in the paint to give Westmont a 25-18 advantage with just under three and one-half minutes left before intermission.

However, the Tigers scored nine of the first frame’s final 12 points to leave the Warriors with just a slim 28-27 lead at halftime.

The second half started with more of the same, resulting in a 33-all tie with 16:50 to play. That was before the Tigers’ received back-to-back-to-back buckets from Haley Armstrong (9 points, 6 assists), Jessica Foster (10 points, 4 rebounds) and Devanny King (16 points, 8 rebounds) to claim a six-point advantage.

The Warriors did not catch the Tigers against until a jumper by Celina Gougis with just less than 10 minutes remaining evened the game at 46. Two free throws by Storkson put the Warriors up by two before Devanny scored on a jumper to knot the game at 48.

After a free throw by Chan, Armstrong scored again to put the Tigers up 50-49 with 7:18 remaining in regulation. Their lead, which lasted just 21 seconds, was the last the Tigers would have.

A layup by Chan and a jumper by Lauren Sende (6 points, 4 rebounds) gave the Warriors a 53-50 lead. Then, Storkson added to the Warriors advantage by nailing her second three-pointer of the night. Two minutes later, Shellmire sank two free throws to put the Warriors up 58-50 with four minutes remaining.

The Tigers narrowed the deficit to six points with a jumper by Emilie Ziese (6 points, 8 rebounds), but that was the closest that Georgetown would get.

“Hopefully, we can build on this momentum,” said Moore. “The challenge with a young team will be trying to stay consistent. We have two back-to-back games later this week. So, we don’t have long to celebrate this, but I certainly what the team to enjoy a big win tonight and then turn around and work toward getting a couple more later this week.”

On Friday, the Warriors will host the Golden Eagles of La Sierra in a two o’clock game. Then on Saturday, Westmont will welcome the Argos of Great Falls (Mont.) to Murchison Gymnasium for a game beginning at 5:30 p.m.

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