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Warriors Win Nail Biter in Murchison

January 24th, 2016
Cory Blau

A 13-0 second half run proved to be just what #15 Westmont Men’s Basketball (15-4, 4-2 GSAC) needed to defeated the up-and-coming Warriors of William Jessup (13-6, 5-3) on Saturday night in Murchison Gymnasium. The Westmont Warriors prevailed by a score of 80-76 in the Golden State Athletic Conference affair.

“It was a defense and rebounding win,” said Westmont head coach John Moore. “William Jessup is an outstanding team. They are athletic, they are big, they are tough, they are hardworking and they are well coached.

“That was a good GSAC win for us against a team that I wasn’t sure we could outrebound. They are top five in the country in rebounding – outrebounding their opponents by almost 12 a game. That says a lot about the toughness of our guys.”

Westmont claimed 38 boards to Jessup’s 31. Sean McDonnell and Samuel Bentz each had six while Cory Blau and Hayden Anderson tallied five apiece.

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Warriors Fall to UC Santa Cruz

January 24th, 2016
Carl Lindqvist (Photo by Brad Elliot).

By Kaci Mexico
January 23, 2016

In their season opener, the Westmont Men’s Tennis team (0-1) was defeated by the Banana Slugs of UC Santa Cruz by a score of 7-2.

The Banana Slugs won all three doubles matches in well fought games. Richter and Flora defeated Carl Lindquist and Travis Kimsey 8-6, Stone and Leuchenko defeated Christian Mathis and Tommy Nightingale 8-3, and deDuff and Hollister defeated Luke Whalen and Jordan Strandness 8-5.

Singles play looked promising for the Warriors as they won two out of the first three matches. Lindquist notched the Warriors’ first win when he overcame Stone in three sets 7-5, 3-6, (10-8). Then, Richter of UC Santa Cruz conquered Kimsey 6-3, 6-3. Mathis kept hope alive for the Warriors when he defeated deDuff in three sets in an outstanding tiebreaker 4-6, 6-1, (13-11).

Committed to Pushing Limits

January 23rd, 2016
Lauren Stratman (Photo by Brad Elliot).

By Kaci Mexico
January 23, 2016

After a largely successful 2015 season (15-9) – that included a semifinal round appearance in the Women’s Tennis Golden State Athletic Conference Tournament and a second round appearance in the NAIA National Tournament – Westmont Women’s Tennis is eager and committed to push their limits in order to have an even stronger season this year.

Last Season:

Head Coach Kendyll McManigal shared her perspective on last season and how the current team will build off of it.

“Last season we had some highs and lows,” explained McManigal. “Losing to Concordia of Irvine at the GSAC tourney was a hard loss (5-3). We had two very tight losses to Arizona Christian during the regular season – we lost both matches 4-5 and in one we had 6 match points.

“Going into nationals, we defeated Evangel (Mo.) in a tough first round game (6-1) and then lost to #1 Georgia Gwinnet (2-5). I think we finished playing our absolute best and most confident tennis.

“Last year we proved we are almost there – right on the cusp of being one of the best teams in the country. This year we hope to turn the corner, pull out the close matches, and be the team that comes out on top.”

First Half Fuels Victory

January 23rd, 2016
Aysia Shellmire (Photo by Angela Brown).

By Kaci Mexico
January 23, 2016

Four Warriors scored in the double figures to contribute to a #2 Westmont Women’s Basketball (17-2, 6-0) victory over William Jessup (13-6, 4-4). Junior Aysia Shellmire had 15 points, junior Cora Chan had 11, junior Aimee Brakken had 11, and sophomore Lauren McCoy had 11.

The Warriors dominated the first half offensively and defensively as they outscored William Jessup 41-16 and held them to only four points in the second quarter.

Westmont’s most notable scoring streak was a nine-point run that began halfway through the second quarter. The run consisted of a jump shot by freshman Kayla Sato, a jump shot by senior Krissy Karr, a layup by Shellmire, two free throws by McCoy, and a free throw by senior Lauren Sende.

William Jessup fought to narrow the gap when they outscored the Warriors in the third quarter 16-10 (51-32).

Late Rally Rescues Warriors

January 22nd, 2016
Sean McDonnell

Westmont Men’s Basketball (14-4, 3-2 GSAC), ranked at number 15 in the NAIA, rallied from an eight-point, second half deficit on Thursday night to defeat the visiting Oaks of Menlo (7-13, 1-6) by a score of 75-65 in a Golden State Athletic Conference match-up.

“I thought they outplayed us for a good part of the game,” said Westmont head coach John Moore. “With that said, I really liked the way we finished the game. We executed well late.

“We can’t afford to play as though one team is more important than the next,” continued the coach. “I thought we played as if we didn’t have to mentally prepare for this team. It is a complacency that comes after a win of substance like we had Thursday. Even when we came out to warm up, I thought Menlo was business like and we were a little too casual.”

Sean McDonnell led the Warriors in both scoring and rebounding, recording a double-double of 21 points and 12 rebounds. The junior forward also produced five steals. Cory Blau added 16 points and three assists while Sean Harman and Jerry Karczewski each contributed nine points.

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Warriors Overpower Oaks

January 22nd, 2016
Lauren McCoy (Photo by Nate Kurtzman).

By Kaci Mexico
January 21, 2016

Sophomore Lauren McCoy earned her fourth double-double of the season to help #2 Westmont Women’s Basketball (16-2, 5-0) overcome the Oaks of Menlo (9-11, 2-5) in their fifth Golden State Athletic Conference game.

There was back-and-forth scoring for the first three minutes of the game, until the Warriors began to pull ahead when they went on a ten-point run that lasted for three minutes (14-6). The run consisted of contributions by senior Krissy Karr and junior Aysia Shellmire. Shellmire notched a free throw and two layups, while Karr added on a jump shot and a three-pointer.

Ultimately, it was the Warriors who dominated the first quarter as they outscored the Oaks 22-12.

Eager to improve upon their lead, the Warriors went on another ten-point run, one-minute into the second quarter. The run began with a layup by McCoy, who in the next 20 seconds made two free-throws. Then, freshman Kayla Sato and sophomore Cora Chan each added on a three-pointer.

With momentum on their side, the Warriors went on a nine-point run that lasted until the end of the first half.

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Warriors Thwarted by Cougars

January 17th, 2016

After a strong first half, and neck-and-neck second half, #1 Westmont Women’s Basketball (15-2, 4-0 GSAC) was defeated by the NCAA Division II Cal-State San Marcos Cougars (5-7) by a close score of 55-53.

The Warriors started off strong as they outscored the Cougars 20-11 in the first quarter and 13-9 in the second quarter – ending the first half with a lead of 13 points (33-20).

Two minutes into the third quarter, the Warriors achieved their largest lead of the game (35-20). However, the Cougars chipped away at this gap in the remaining eight minutes of the quarter when they went on six-point run followed by a five-point run, a minute and one half apart. Ultimately, they outscored the Warriors 11-7 in the third quarter. The Warriors ended the third period leading 40-31.

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Warriors Contain Hot-shooting Firestorm

January 15th, 2016
Jerry Karczewski

When your opponent shoots better than 60 percent from the floor while your team is held to under 48 percent, you might not expect to win. However, that is exactly what #16 Westmont (13-4, 2-2 GSAC) in upsetting #7 Arizona Christian (14-3, 2-2 GSAC) in Thursday night’s Golden State Athletic Conference 85-75 win.

“It was a great team win,” said Westmont head coach John Moore of his team’s triumph. “I thought we got fantastic play out of a number of different players. Even the guys who played short minutes – like Jonathan Harrell, Noah Blanton and David Gunn – gave us significant pieces that we need during the time that they played.”

So how did the Warriors overcome a team that made four more field goals (33-29)? The answer starts with possessions. Westmont outrebounded Arizona Christian 31-29, including holding a 14-6 advantage on the offensive glass, resulting in eight additional possessions.

The Warriors gained another five possessions by taking care of the ball and committing fewer turnovers (12) than did their opponent (17). As a result, Westmont recorded 23 points off of turnovers compared to 17 by Arizona Christian.

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