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Women’s Basketball Cruises past William Jessup

January 6th, 2015
Haleigh Filer

Krissy Karr led the way with 13 points and Aysia Shellmire recorded a double-double as #16 Westmont Women’s Basketball (13-3, 1-3 GSAC) defeated William Jessup (1-14, 0-5) by a score of 69-41 in a Golden State Athletic Conference match-up. Shellmire recorded 10 points and 12 rebounds in the battle between two teams that share a nickname.

“We have been focusing on our defense and getting momentum off of our defense,” said Westmont head coach Kirsten Moore. “We did that very well tonight and disrupted their offensive flow.

“Krissy shot the ball very well – going three for four from the three-point line – and did a good job of leading us.”

An early 8-0 run by Westmont resulted in a 12-4 lead for the team from Montecito. William Jessup cut the lead to 14-9 when Cara Tortorich (5 points) nailed a three-pointer, but Westmont responded with a 12-2 run to go up 26-11 with six minutes remaining in the opening frame. By halftime, Westmont was up 38-22.

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Great Falls Falls Short

January 4th, 2015
Krissy Karr

Junior guard Krissy Karr (20 points) made four of five three-point attempts and was six for six from the charity stripe to help #11 Westmont Women’s Basketball (12-3) claim a 75-72 win over Great Falls of Montana (13-2) on Saturday night in Murchison Gymnasium. Sophomore guard Cora Chan connected on four of six from beyond the arc on her way to 18 points and four rebounds.

With the score tied at 13 apiece with 11:26 remaining in the first half, Westmont put together a 14-2 run to take a 27-15 lead. Chan kicked off the run with back-to-back three-pointers. After a layup by the Argos’ Kendalyn Brainard (4 points), Aysia Shellmire (12 points, 6 rebounds) scored to make the score 21-15.

Lauren McCoy (8 points, 5 rebounds) followed with two free throws before Chan hit a jumper for two more and Shellmire scored again from inside. At the end of the opening frame, Westmont held a 40-27 lead.

After the intermission, Karr returned to the court on fire, scoring from beyond the arc on each of the Warriors’ first three possessions to give Westmont its largest lead of the game (49-31).

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Let Me Assist You

January 4th, 2015
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By Christy Cain

(SANTA BARBARA, Calif.) The Westmont men’s basketball team (9-6) stepped onto the court for their fourth game in six days tonight as they took on and defeated La Sierra University (0-13) by a score of 82-62.

If the Westmont men were exhausted from a long week of back-to-back games, they certainly did not show it tonight. If anything, they were moving a step faster than they have recently. From a spectator standpoint it seemed like a continuous game of “hot potato” as the men were sharply passing the ball and quickly getting it to their open shooters. They were drawing their defenders just enough, so that they could then dish the ball out to their open teammates.

The precise way that Westmont was moving the ball is directly reflected in the number of assists that they had this evening. By the completion of the game, 23 of their 27 total baskets scored came from assists. That means that there were only four shots made that were not tag-teamed baskets.

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Warriors Clip Golden Eagles

January 3rd, 2015
Celina Gougis

Westmont Women’s Basketball (11-3) stretched its winning streak to four games with an 81-46 victory over the Golden Eagles of La Sierra (4-9) on Friday afternoon at Murchison Gymnasium. Celina Gougis drained four three-pointers on five attempts to lead the Warriors with 17 points in 19 minutes of play. She also notched four rebounds and three assists.

The Warriors jumped out to a 12-4 lead in the early going but saw La Sierra respond with a 6-0 run to draw within two. Karlie Storkson, who has made two three-point shots in each of the last three games, drained her first long-distance basket to put the Warriors up 15-10.

After La Sierra’s Destiny Melton scored on a layup to make the score 15-12, the Warriors rattled off 11 unanswered points to take a commanding 26-12 advantage with seven minutes to play in the first half. By the intermission, Westmont had built a 42-21 lead.

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Starting 2015 Off Right

January 2nd, 2015
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By Christy Cain

(SANTA BARBARA, Calif.) The start of a new year always holds so much promise. It is a clean slate, a fresh start and a time really to get after the goals that we have set for ourselves. Westmont Men’s Basketball team (8-6) certainly kicked off 2015 with a bang this afternoon in Murchison Gymnasium as they went to work against and defeated the Pacific Union Pioneers 94-51.

From the moment Daniel Carlin won the tip off, the Westmont men took control. They were moving the ball well and within one minute and thirty seconds, they were up 6-0. While the Warriors hands were hot, it was the defense that really made the difference. For fourteen of the first twenty minutes of play, Westmont held Pacific Union to just nine points and by halftime, the Westmont had exactly double the points of the Pioneers, with a score of 44-22.

While the five Westmont starters put out yet another solid performance, it was the eight players that came off of the bench that stole the show. “It is really fun when everyone gets to play. Our goal was for our bench to outscore their bench by 25 points. And our bench was not only close to that, but also outscored our own starters by 14,” started head coach John Moore.

Kyle Gordon came off the bench to earn a team high of 18 points in his 21 minutes of play this afternoon. He nailed four three-pointers in the second half and sparked continuous runs for an already very excited and efficient Westmont team.

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