Warriors Avenged by Lions

Submitted by: Kaci Mexico - January 26th, 2016

 

Lauren McCoy ( Photo by Nate Kurtzman).

Lauren McCoy ( Photo by Nate Kurtzman).

By Kaci Mexico
January 26, 2016

In a battle between the top two ranked teams in the Golden State Athletic Conference, #2 Westmont Women’s Basketball (17-3, 6-1 GSAC) could not hold off #8 Vanguard (14-3, 6-1) and were defeated by a score of 57-67. After tonight, the Lions and Warriors’ 2015-16 series record is 1-1.

The Warriors immediately set the tone when they began the game with a ten-point scoring streak that lasted four minutes and 35 seconds (10-0). However, the Lions snapped back with an equalizing ten-point run of their own that lasted the next four minutes and 19 seconds (10-10). The Lions ended up outscoring the Warriors 15-13 in the first quarter.

In the second quarter the Warriors earned back their lead when they outscored the Lions 18-10. This was due in part, to a nine-point run that lasted until the final minute and a half of the half. The run was triggered by a three-pointer by junior Aimee Brakken. Sophomore Lauren McCoy added on a free-throw, senior Krissy Karr notched on two free-throws, and junior Cora Chan finished it off with a three-pointer. The half ended with a score of 30-25, favoring the Warriors.

The third quarter consisted of back-and-forth scoring and ended with the Warriors in the lead by four points (47-43).

The Lions seized critical momentum when they went on an eight-point run to start the fourth quarter. After Melissa Norman scored a pair of free-throws, the Lions scored their next six points in under one minute and 15 seconds: Claire Lamunu had a jump shot and Samantha Doucette followed with back-to-back jump shots of her own (51-47). The Lions held on to and improved upon this lead until the end of the game. They outscored the Warriors 24-10 in the fourth quarter.

The Lions’ second half shooting success was a key factor in their victory. In the second half, they had a field goal percentage of 66.7 (14-21) and a three-point shooting percentage of 100.0 (3-3). The Warriors had a field goal percentage of 32.0 (8-25) and a three-point shooting percentage of 27.3 (3-11) in the second half. Overall, the Lions shot at 44.0 percent and the Warriors shot at 37.5 percent.

McCoy led the Warriors with 19 points and 15 rebounds in what was her fifth double-double of the season. She was the leading scorer and rebounder between the two teams.

The Warriors will look to get back on track as they continue their three-game road trip in El Cajon where they will play San Diego Christian (5-10, 0-7) this Saturday at 5:30 p.m.