Warriors Bounce Back

Submitted by: Kaci Mexico - January 30th, 2016

 

Aimee Brakken ( Photo by Nate Kurtzman).

Aimee Brakken ( Photo by Nate Kurtzman).


By Kaci Mexico
January 30, 2016

Second ranked Westmont Women’s Basketball (18-3, 7-1 GSAC) revealed their resilience when they defeated San Diego Christian (5-11, 0-8) by a score of 64 to 37 in their second away game in a week.

“I am really proud of our team effort tonight,” expressed head coach Kirsten Moore. “With our floor leader Krissy on the bench with an injury, everyone else stepped up and secured an important win on the road.”

The Warriors dominated the first half, outscoring the Hawks 34-16. Junior Aimee Brakken earned a six-point run when she scored back-to-back three-pointers to end the first quarter. Then she ignited another six-point run in the middle of the second quarter with a three-pointer. Senior Karlie Storkson followed with a three-pointer of her own.

Overall, Brakken went 5-8 (62.5 percent) from the three-point line and was the Warriors’ leading scorer with 15 points. She was the main contributor to the Warriors’ overall three-point success as she had five of their eight three-pointers. The Warriors shot at 61.5 percent (8-13) from the three-point line.

Moore acknowledged Brakken’s leadership on the court and said, “Aimee was a rock out there for us tonight and knocked down big shot after big shot.”

Along with Brakken, junior Cora Chan and freshman Kayla Sato made significant contributions as they each scored in double digits. Chan and Sato each had 11 points.

Moore noted that Sato’s presence in tonight’s game was also a big factor in the team’s success. “Sato stepped into the starting line-up and was a dynamic presence on the floor,” said Moore.

Though the Warriors had an abundant first half, the Hawks showed perseverance in the third quarter when they outscored the Warriors 17-12 to decrease Westmont’s lead to only 13 points (46-33).

The Warriors embarked upon the fourth quarter, hungry and determined – as they went on a seven and one-half minute, 12-point run that ensured their victory. This run consisted of contributions from five Warriors – junior Aysia Shellmire had a layup, Chan and Brakken each had a three-pointer, Sato had two free-throws, and sophomore Morgan Haskin had a layup.

The Warriors will finish up their three-game road trip on Tuesday in Santa Clarita where they will play The Master’s at 5:30 p.m.

Results of other GSAC games tonight: #12 The Master’s defeated #8 Vanguard 58-55, Hope International defeated William Jessup 53-45, and Menlo defeated Arizona Christian 81-77.