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Warriors Weather the Firestorm

January 15th, 2016
Lauren Sende (Photo by Lydia Grenko).

By Kaci Mexico
January 14, 2016

Motivated by the seasoned leadership of senior Lauren Sende, #1 Westmont Women’s Basketball (15-1, 4-0 GSAC) defeated Arizona Christian (9-8, 1-3) by a score of 60-51 and continues to remain undefeated in the Golden State Athletic Conference.

The Warriors dominated the first quarter with a pair of five-point runs that contributed to an early lead of 21-13. The first of these runs consisted of a jump shot by junior Cora Chan and a three-pointer by junior Aimee Brakken – each assisted by senior Krissy Karr. The second consisted of a three-pointer assisted by Sende, followed by a layup by Karr.

The second quarter consisted of back-and-forth score by both the Warriors and the Firestorm – even still, the Warriors had their largest lead of the game (14) with 2:43 left in the half. The Firestorm fought to bridge the gap and the half ended with a score of 35-24.

The Firestorm really began to rain down on the Warriors in the third period when they went on a six-point run to decrease the Warriors’ lead to just three points (38-35). This run consisted of three layups by Alyssa Gruber, Madison Austin, and Courtney Christmas. In this quarter, the Firestorm outscored the Warriors 15-10 and the half ended with a score of 45-39, favoring the Warriors.

The Warriors and the Firestorm were neck and neck throughout the fourth period. However, led by the defensive efforts of Sende (who had seven rebounds in the fourth period alone), the Warriors successfully maintained their lead until the final buzzer.

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The Winning Streak Continues

January 7th, 2016
Kayla Sato ( Photo by  Nate Kurtzman).

By Kaci Mexico
January 07, 2016

The Westmont Women’s Basketball team won their ninth consecutive game when they defeated the Golden Eagles of La Sierra by a score of 73-34.

“I think it was a good game for everybody to get in and contribute,” explained head coach Kirsten Moore. “We have been continuing to focus on our pressure defense and our rebounding and it showed in tonight’s game – we forced 20 turnovers and out rebounded them 51-27.”

Additionally, the Warriors held the Golden Eagles to under 20 points in each half – 16 in the first half and 18 in the second quarter.

“In the second period we outscored them 19-4,” noted Moore. “That second period is when we established a really good lead that we were able to build off of for the rest of the game.”

The Golden Eagles scored first in the second period, but after that the Warriors went on an impressive 19-point run to establish a solid lead going into halftime (41-16). Five Warriors contributed to this run – it began with a three-pointer by senior Krissy Karr; senior Lauren Sende added on a jump shot, assisted by junior Cora Chan; junior Aysia Shellmire tagged on two more jump shots; Karr affixed another three-pointer, assisted by Chan; and junior Aimee Brakken and sophomore Morgan Haskin finished the run with a jump shot each.

Eagles Fly by Warriors in Second Half

January 5th, 2016
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A 28-4 run to start the second half was the Warriors’ undoing as #20 Biola (16-1, 3-0 GSAC) defeated #12 Westmont Men’s Basketball (12-4, 1-2) in a Golden State Athletic Conference 72-51 win in Chase Gymnasium on Tuesday night. The Warriors led by four at the half (29-25), but could not contain the Eagles in the first eight and one-half minutes of the final frame.

Biola, which boasts the best defense in the NAIA by virtue of fewest points allowed (59.6), held the Warriors to just 34.0 percent from the floor (18 of 53) and, perhaps more telling, just 16.0 percent from three-point range (4 of 25). Westmont, which entered the game as the NAIA’s second best three-point shooting team (45.6 percent), missed all 11 of its three-point attempts in the second half.

No Warrior scored in double figures.

The Eagles were led in scoring and rebounding by guard Terrell Funches who tallied 20 points and nine boards. Forward Jeff Gonzales added 13 points and eight rebounds while guard Dakari Archer produced 12 points and five rebounds. Forward Steve Herve notched 10 points and seven boards.

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#1 Warriors Beat Biola

January 5th, 2016
Aysia Shellmire (Photo by Nate Kurtzman).

By Kaci Mexico
January 05 2016

With the the momentum from their number one ranking in this morning’s NAIA Division I Women’s Basketball Top-25 Coaches’ Poll, the #1 Westmont Women’s Basketball team (13-1, 3-0 GSAC) triumphed over Biola (9-8, 2-1 GSAC) by a score of 62-40 in their third Golden State Athletic Conference game of the season.

The Warriors took initiative and scored the first four points of the game when junior Aimee Brakken scored a jump shot in the first twenty seconds and later Karr converted a steal into a layup.

The first period consisted of back and forth scoring and ended with Westmont in the lead 15-9.

The Warriors pulled even further in to the lead when they began the second period with a ten point run. The run began with back-to-back layups by freshman Kayla Sato and sophomore Lauren McCoy. Junior Aysia Shellmire tacked on a jump shot and both junior Cora Chan and Karr added on three-pointers. In this period the Warriors outscored the Eagles 21 to seven, and the first half ended with the Warriors leading 36-16.

Westmont Ranked at #1

January 5th, 2016
Photo by Brad Elliot

By Kaci Mexico
January 05 2016

Earlier today, the Westmont Women’s Basketball team (13-1, GSAC 3-0) was rated the number one team in the nation in the NAIA Division 1 Women’s Basketball Coaches’ Top-25 Poll. This is the first time that the Warriors have been ranked #1 in season.

The only other time Westmont has been rated #1 was in the 2013 Postseason Coaches’ Top-25 Poll of March 27, 2015 – just after they won the national championships. By the time the preseason poll for the 2013-14 season was released, Westmont had dropped to number three.

Prior to this Coaches’ Top-25 Poll, the Warriors were ranked second in the previous poll that was released on the morning of December 8, 2015. That same day, the Warriors defeated the only team ranked ahead of them – #1 Vanguard. After that victory, the Warriors went on to defeat Hope International (7-3, 0-1), Johnson and Wales of Colorado (8-10), and Fraser Valley of British Columbia (9-9).

As a team, the Warriors average 67.9 points a game, while their opponents collectively average 53.2. Westmont has a team shooting percentage of 43.6, while their opponents have a percentage of 33.4. Additionally, the Warriors average 38.6 rebounds a game compared to their opponents who average 32.8.

Williams Delivers Game Winner in OT

January 3rd, 2016
Britton Williams

A floater by Warrior senior guard Britton Williams with less the two seconds remaining in overtime gave #14 Westmont Men’s Basketball (12-3) an 83-81 victory over host La Sierra (1-10) on Saturday night. Williams finished the game with nine points, four steals and a couple of rebounds.

“It is always nice to get a competitive win on the road,” said Westmont head coach John Moore. “We had several double-digit wins lately, but haven’t had a close win on the road yet. It is very meaningful and helps build confidence in our team.”

The Warriors led by 12 points with five minutes remaining in regulation, but a 14-2 run by the Golden Eagles resulted in a 72-72 tie at the end of the second frame. The game saw seven ties and 14 lead changes.

Westmont jumped out to an eight-point lead in the overtime period, with ‘and-one’ plays by both Williams and David Gunn (seven points, eight rebounds) and a two-pointer by Sean McDonnell. Once more, however, La Sierra found an answer, producing a 9-1 run that climaxed with a field goal by Keenan Braden with 6.6 seconds to go.

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