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Warriors Win Second GSAC Game

December 12th, 2015
Aysia Shellmire (photo by Nate Kurtzman)

A 14-0 run to start the game put #2 Westmont Women’s Basketball (10-1, 2-0 GSAC) in control of tonight’s Golden State Athletic Conference game at Hope International’s Darling Pavilion. Hope International (4-3, 0-1) did not score until more than seven minutes into the game.

“Our players were really focused,” reported Westmont head coach Kirsten Moore. “I was really proud of our defensive efforts and our efforts on the board. We outrebounded them by 17.”

Krissy Karr started the Warriors off with a three-point bucket before Aysia Shellmire scored on a jumper in the paint. Aimee Brakken then drained a three before Cora Chan added a free throw. A three-pointer by Chan made the score 12-0 before Karr scored from two-point range.

At the end of the first quarter, Westmont held a 20-7 advantage. The rest of the way, the Warriors led by at least 11 points and held as much as a 26-point lead (53-27) in the final frame.

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Warriors Edged by Royals

December 12th, 2015
Cory Blau

In a rematch of last season’s NAIA National Championship’s semifinal game, #14 Westmont Men’s Basketball (7-3, 1-1 GSAC) was pitted against #10 Hope International in a Golden State Athletic Conference match-up. In a closely contested game, the Royals’ Dominique Lanier completed a layup with five seconds remaining to give Hope International (8-1, 1-0) a 66-64 win.

With the exception of a 2-2 tie, Hope International led throughout the first half. The Royal’s biggest lead of the game came with just over three minutes to play in the opening frame on a jumper by Kyle Hoag.

Westmont narrowed the margin to six by intermission when David Gunn scored on a jumper in the paint with five seconds remaining.

Two minutes into the second half, Westmont took its first lead of the game when Sean Harman nailed a three-pointer to give the Warriors a 42-40 advantage. From that point on, the lead changed hands 14 more times and neither team claimed more than a four point advantage.

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Warriors Show Offensive Versatility in Win

December 9th, 2015
Sean McDonnell

The Warriors’ Cory Blau and Sean McDonnell each put up 24 points as #14 Westmont Men’s Basketball (7-2, 1-0 GSAC) opened Golden State Athletic Conference play on Tuesday night with an 89-80 win over #21 Vanguard (7-1, 0-1).

McDonnell pulled down18 rebounds – the most by a Warrior since Evan Haines pulled down as many against Vanguard on February 27, 2010. McDonnell went seven of 10 from the floor and made 10 of 10 from the charity stripe.

“I thought Sean McDonnell was special all game long, but particularly in the first half,” noted Westmont head coach John Moore. “He put us on his back and carried us.”

Blau came into the game leading the NAIA in three-point field goal percentage, averaging .659 from long distance (27 of 41). But the junior showed his versatility by scoring 21 of his points from within the arc. Blau, who had four first half points, accounted for 14 of the Warriors’ 17 final points.

“Cory picked the right shots to take,” said Moore. “I thought he played with incredible concentration, focus and poise. His scoring started with a very nice pass in the second half. An unselfish play led to him scoring time and time again.”

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Warriors Win Battle of Top Two Teams

December 9th, 2015
Cora Chan (Photo by Nate Kurtzman)

By Kaci Mexico
December 8 2015

For the first time in two years the #2 Westmont Women’s Basketball team (8-1, 1-0 GSAC) defeated the #1 Vanguard Lions (4-1, 0-1) 60-47 in tonight’s Golden State Athletic Conference season opener.

The Warriors seized momentum when they scored the first five points of the game in the first minute of play. The run began with a defensive rebound by sophomore Lauren McCoy, who in the following offensive play made a layup. Krissy Karr followed with a three-pointer.

The Lions answered back offensively and the first period ended with a score of 11-11.

Two minutes into the second period, the Lions took their final lead of the game when Lauren Martin made a three-pointer to make the score 17-15. The Warriors responded by going on a on a 20-1 run that lasted the rest of the quarter.

Senior Lauren Sende initiated this impressive run, when she scored three consecutive layups, two of which were assisted by junior Aimee Brakken.

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Westmont Outlasts Claremont

December 5th, 2015
Lauren McCoy

A double-double from Lauren McCoy helped #5 Westmont Women’s Basketball (8-1) overcome a first-half offensive slump to defeat Claremont-Mudd-Scripps (4-2) by a score of 61-53 on Saturday afternoon at Murchison Gymnasium.

“We struggled all game to get any sort of momentum going offensively,” said Westmont head coach Kirsten Moore. “We played a good defensive game, particularly in the first half and were able to rely on our defensive presence when things weren’t going well offensively.”

The game started well enough for the Warriors who opened the contest with a 10-0 run in the first three minutes. Layups by Aysia Shellmire and McCoy and three-pointers by Amy Brakken (5 points) and Kayla Sato established an advantage the Warriors never relinquished.

The rest of the quarter, however, saw the Warriors score just four points to Claremont’s seven. The second quarter did go much better offensively for either team. While the Warriors scored just nine points, the Athenas were held to eight.

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Warriors Douse Flames

December 5th, 2015
Britton Williams

There was plenty of playing time to go around on Friday night in Murchison Gymnasium where #17 Westmont Men’s Basketball romped its way to a 93-58 win over the Flames of Bethesda (0-4). All 15 Warriors saw action and 13 found their way into the scoring column on the stat sheet.

Junior guard Cory Blau saw just 13 minutes of play but led the Warriors with 13 points. Blau made five of six from the field including all three of his attempts from three-point range. Jerry Karczewski racked up 12 points while Sean Harman added 11 points and David Gunn rifled off 10. Sean McDonnell, who had eight points, led the Warriors in rebounding with nine boards.

The Warriors were up 7-6 early in the game when Blau nailed a three pointer to spark an 11-0 run and give Westmont an 18-6 lead. After Justine Latham hit a three for the Flames, Westmont scored the next eight to go up 26-9.

By halftime, all 15 Warriors had logged minutes on the floor and Westmont held a 52-27 lead.

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Warriors Dethrone Regals

December 2nd, 2015
Moore

Four Warriors scored in double figures as #5 Westmont Women’s Basketball (7-1) posted a 70-52 win over the Regals of California Lutheran (1-3) in Gilbert Arena. Aysia Shellmire and Lauren McCoy each posted 14 points while Cora Chan and Kayla Sato tallied 10 apiece.

“I think it is a good win,” assessed Westmont head coach Kirsten Moore. “We started to play a little more consistent – certainly more consistent than last game. We still have things to tighten up and get better at, but I am pleased, certainly, with things I saw out there today”

Shellmire opened the scoring with a layup and a made free throw a minute and one-half into the contest and the Warriors never lost the lead. Westmont led by as much as nine in the first quarter but by the end of the opening frame, the Regals had cut the advantage to just four points (17-13).

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Warriors Fall in Quarterfinals

December 2nd, 2015
Brooke Lillywhite

By Kaci Mexico
December 02 2015

After a largely successful season, #8 Westmont (16-4-2) fell to #1 Lindsey Wilson in one of today’s quarterfinal games in the NAIA Women’s Soccer National Championship Tournament. The final score was 4-2.

After 15 minutes of equal possession, Lindsey Wilson’s Lyana Perez scored the first goal of the game from the right corner of the 18 yard box with a rocket shot into the upper right side netting of the goal.

Characteristically, with only 12 seconds left in the half, Westmont responded to the deficit with a goal of their own. After a handball in the box, Westmont was awarded a free kick from the top of the 18 yard box and sophomore Brooke Lillywhite lofted the ball just beneath the crossbar beyond the reach of the Lindsey Wilson goalkeeper.

“I don’t think there was much of a change in the way we approached the game, even after we initially got scored on,” explained head coach Chantel Cappuccilli. “I felt like we came out after that and actually had the better percentage of possession on the ball, which shows we were willing to fight for it. Again, we were not content with being down 1-0 so I am very proud of them to get a goal in the last few seconds of the first half. I felt like Brooke stepped up and hit that confidently, which sent us into halftime in a good place.”

The two teams remained tied for the first four minutes of the second half until Lindsey Wilson took back the lead in the 49th minute when they scored off of a counter attack. It began when Isobel Dalton quickly advanced with the ball into the Warriors’ defensive half and slipped the ball in behind the defense to Amanda Kander. Kander finished with a slotted shot into the bottom right corner of the goal.

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