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Track & Field to Compete at Indoor Nationals

March 4th, 2015

A contingent of 21 Westmont Track and Field athletes have made their way to Geneva, Ohio to compete in 13 events at the NAIA Indoor Track and Field Championships beginning on Thursday, March 5.

Senior Elysia Mitchell will seek to defend her 600 meter national championship which she won last year. With a season best mark of 1:34.28, Mitchell holds the second fastest qualifying time in the field of 19 runners. Last year, she claimed the national champion title with a Westmont record time of 1:30.49.

Sophomore Taryn Phipps is entered in the 800 meter run. Her qualifying mark of 2:15.30 is sixth best of the 21 qualifiers for the event.

Mitchell and Phipps will also compete in the 4 x 400 meter relay, teaming up with freshman Jessica Erickson and junior Kaylin Koopmans. Westmont’s qualifying time of 3:49.04 is second best in the field of 27 relay teams.

Competing in the mile will be junior Jessica Meyers. Her qualifying time of 5:07.86 ranks 16th among the 23 entrants.

The 5,000 meter run will feature two Westmont sophomores. Kelly Collins’ mark of 17:45.45 is the seventh fastest qualifying time out of 33 athletes entered in the event. Emily Williams is the 12th fastest qualifier with a time of 18:12.39.

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Carlin and Blau Named to All-GSAC Team

March 3rd, 2015
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By Christy Cain

(SANTA BARBARA, Calif.) It was announced this afternoon that Westmont’s Daniel Carlin and Cory Blau have each earned a spot on the All-GSAC team for their performances so far in the 2014-15 season.

Daniel Carlin has been the rock of this team since the beginning of the season. The senior center has started in all 29 of the men’s match-ups, averaging 25.7 minutes per game. He is currently 156 for 252 from the field, giving him an average of 13.3 points per game. He ranks amongst the top ten scorers in the Golden State Athletic Conference and at 61.9 percent, he holds the third best field goal percent in the GSAC. Defensively, Carlin is a powerhouse in the paint. The 6’9” 245 pound Aussie has pulled down a team high of 213 total rebounds and blocked 78 shots so far this season.

“Murch” Madness Begins Wednesday

March 3rd, 2015
2015 WBB Tournament Logo

The madness begins in Murchison Gymnasium on Wednesday, March 4 as #15 Westmont Women’s Basketball (24-5) begins its trek through the postseason. The first stop is a first round game in the Golden State Athletic Conference Tournament. The Warriors will host Hope International (16-14) at 7:30 p.m.

The Warriors and Royals split the two regular season games this year with each team winning at home. On January 24, Hope International surprised the Warriors with a 63-70 upset win. Junior guard Alexis Perry, who transferred to Hope from Pepperdine, led the Royals with 19 points, nine rebounds and three assists.

On Tuesday, of last week, the Warriors took their revenge when the Royals paid a visit to Montecito. Westmont outscored Hope 83-52 behind 25 points and 12 rebounds from freshman forward Lauren McCoy. Junior forward Aysia Shellmire also notched a double-double of 13 points and 10 rebounds.

The Warriors hold a 32-3 series advantage over the Royals, but over the last two seasons, the two teams are even at two wins apiece.

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All-Conference & Coach of the Year Honors Bestowed

March 3rd, 2015
From Top Left: Krissy Karr, Aysia Shellmire, Lauren McCoy, Coach Kirsten Moore

The Golden State Athletic Conference has announced the 2015 Women’s Basketball All-Conference Team and three Warriors are on the list. In addition, Westmont head coach Kirsten Moore was one of three coaches named the GSAC Co-Coach of the Year. It is the third time in the last four years that Moore has received conference coach of the year honors.

Junior guard Krissy Karr of Irvine, junior forward Aysia Shellmire of Burbank and freshman forward Lauren McCoy of Arcata were the award winners from Westmont.

Karr, who transferred this year from the University of Idaho, ranks ninth in the GSAC in scoring, averaging 12.7 points per game, and is tied for third in three-point field goals made at 68 (2.3 per game). She is second in the GSAC in total assists with 107 (3.69 per game) and tied for six in total steals at 47 (1.6 per game). Her assist-to-turnover ratio of 1.7 is second best in the GSAC.

Shellmire ranks 11th in the GSAC in scoring, averaging 11.7 points per game, and is second in field goal percentage at an even .500 (140 for 280). On the boards, Shellmire ranks second in the GSAC in total rebounds with 226 (7.8 per game).

McCoy Chosen as Player of the Week

March 2nd, 2015
Lauren McCoy was named the GSAC Player of the Week

Lauren McCoy was named the GSAC Player of the Week[/caption]For the second time this season, Westmont freshman Lauren McCoy has been named the Golden State Athletic Conference Women’s Basketball Player of the Week. The six-foot forward from Arcata averaged 19 points and 10 rebounds per game last week as the #15 Warriors (24-5, 11-5 GSAC) finished the GSAC season on a seven-game winning streak.

In Westmont’s 83-52 win over Hope International (16-13, 7-8), McCoy tallied 25 points and pulled down 12 rebounds. She also contributed two assists and two steals.

Against Biola (16-14, 8-8) on Saturday, McCoy notched 13 points and eight rebounds, helping the Warriors win by a score of 68-67.

This week, McCoy and the Warriors begin play in the postseason as the number three seed in the GSAC Tournament. Westmont will host sixth-seeded Hope International on Wednesday night at 7:30 p.m.

Warriors Finish Season with Dramatic Win over Biola

March 1st, 2015
Celina Gougis

Cora Chan scored ten points on the night, but none more important than a field goal while standing on the arc with seven seconds remaining on the clock. That basket gave #15 Westmont Women’s Basketball (24-5, 11-5 GSAC) a 68-67 Golden State Athletic Conference win over rival Biola (16-14, 8-8) in the final GSAC game of the regular season.

“I’m proud of my team for pulling out a win,” said Westmont head coach Kirsten Moore. “Biola played great and gave a great effort. It took everything we had to come out with a victory. It was really fun to play in front of a great crowd tonight on senior night and to pull out a win for our seniors.”

Before the game, Westmont honored Celina Gougis and Esther Lee were honored for their years of service on the Warrior team.

“I am very proud of both Esther and Celina for what they have given to this program,” said Moore. “Both were starters on our (2013) national championship team. They are competitive and play with joy for the game. They like to have fun, but they are super competitive people and have worked very hard. I am thankful for all that they have given to the program and am glad we could get them a win tonight.”

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Welcome to “Murch” Madness

March 1st, 2015
senior collage

By Christy Cain

(SANTA BARBARA, Calif.) In front of a packed house of friends, family and alumni the Westmont men’s basketball team pulled out a last minute 64-60 overtime win against Biola University.

After the nice words were said, awards were handed out and seniors were recognized, the men took the court with determination in their eyes. They hit the ground running, but seemingly could not hit a shot. The men went 8-23 from the field in the first half –only making one three point shot. While the Warriors got off to a slow start, with only a score of 21-19 at the half, they pushed hard in the final twenty minutes only to send the game into an overtime win.

“It is an emotional night,” opened head coach John Moore. “You have your challenges with a night like this because of everything that is going on. Biola did a very nice job of playing the type of defense that they needed to. Our guys weathered the storm and did a good job of taking the lead at halftime.”

Coming into the second half, the men seemed to rally and put some points on the board. They started to work the ball down to senior Daniel Carlin who was up against some of the biggest defenders the Warriors have seen yet this season. That being said, the Aussie notched another double-double of the season with a team high of 20 points and 11 rebounds.

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