Warriors Continue Winning Streak

Submitted by: Kaci Mexico - December 29th, 2015

 

Lauren Sende

Lauren Sende


By Kaci Mexico
December 29 2015

In its first game of the Westmont Holiday Classic, #2 Westmont Women’s Basketball (11-1, 2-0) added to their five game winning streak when they conquered the Wildcats of Johnson & Wales (Colo.) 74-46.

The game began on a good note with a rebound by the Warrior’s leading rebounder, sophomore Lauren McCoy, that lead to a successful three-pointer by junior Aimee Brakken.

The Wildcats answered back and went on a six-point run to take what would be their only lead of the game (7-5).

The Warriors responded with a six-point followed by a seven-point run 42 seconds apart to take a nine point lead. The second of these runs consisted of a jump shot by senior Krissy Karr, a layup by McCoy, and a three-pointer by senior Karlie Storkson. The first period ended with a score of 23-10.

In the second period, the Warriors pulled even further away when they went on an outstanding four and a half minute, 14-point run that lasted until the end of the half (46-22). Junior Aysia shellmire kicked off this run with consecutive jump shots and Karr tacked on a layup. Then Karr along with Storkson each added a three-pointer. Brakken topped off the run and closed the half with a jump shot.

Two and a half minutes, into the third period Westmont lead by 30 points, until the Wildcats initiated a notable 11-point run that helped to chip away at a large deficit (52-33). With this run, the Wildcats outscored the Warriors in the third period 16-14. The heart of this run was three consecutive three- pointers by Kristen Ward, Andromeda Sales, and Chantel Thomas. Chantal Thomas finished it off with a layup.

The hope that the Wildcats kindled in the third period was extinguished when the Warriors, led by senior Lauren Sende, went on an eight-point run in the fourth period. This increased their lead to 30 (68-38) and ultimately solidified their victory. The run consisted of three layups by Sende and a jump shot by Kayla Sato.

A key aspect to the Warriors success was in their shooting. The Warriors had a percentage of 45.5 percent while the Wildcats shot at 28.6 percent.

Additionally, four Warriors scored double-digit points in today’s game. Karr lead the team with 14 points, Storkson and Sato each had 11, and Brakken had 10. McCoy lead the team in rebounds with 7.

Head Coach Kirsten Moore shared some of her initial thoughts about the team’s performance.
“I am pleased with the team’s effort tonight and proud that a lot of people contributed,” expressed Moore. “A notable contributor was Karlie Storkson. She came off of the bench and really sparked us – especially in the first half. She really got us going from three point range and she has practiced great the past couple days so it was exciting to see that translate into the game tonight. She is a great energy player for us, and a great leader who is respected as a senior captain so it was great to see her step up tonight for us.”

The Warriors will play their final game of the tournament against Fraser Valley ( B.C.) ( 4-5) tomorrow evening at 5:30 p.m. in Murchison Gym.

“I think Fraser Valley is a really strong opponent that is coming off of a longer break than we are so they were a little rusty today and will play a lot better tomorrow,” explained Moore.

Earlier today, Fraser Valley (B.C.) (4-5) was defeated by #19 The Master’s College (9-2) 91-49.

“It should be a really good competition and we will have to play our best to come up with a win,” continued Moore. “We are looking to try and continue to improve every day that we have the chance to get out there and play. We still don’t feel like we have played the best basketball that we are capable of yet and we are striving constantly to improve and reach our full potential. Today was a good step in that direction and it will be fun to get back out there tomorrow.”