Warriors Tame Fourth Ranked Tigers

Submitted by: Kaci Mexico - November 26th, 2016


Lauren McCoy (photo by Hailey Golden)

Lauren McCoy (photo by Hailey Golden)

By Kaci Mexico
November 26, 2016

On the second day of the Rotary Classic Women’s Basketball tournament in Jackson, Tennessee, Aysia Shellmire notched a double-double to lead the #2 Westmont Warriors (4-1) to a 59-50 victory over #4 Campbellsville (6-1). Shellmire put up 22 points and pulled down 15 rebounds.

Along with Shellmire, Lauren McCoy was also effective on both the offensive and defensive ends; she totaled 11 points, eight rebounds, five assists, one steal, and six blocks.

By the end of the first quarter the Warriors found themselves down 18-7, after the Tigers harnessed early momentum and went on a 10-2 run. The Warriors quickly answered back and gained a two point lead when they started off the second quarter with a nine-point run that lasted for five and a half minutes (20-18). In this run Shellmire put up two jump shots, Cora Chan hit a three-pointer, and Kayla Sato had a steal that she converted into a jump shot. Sato was also a big contributor with nine points, four assists, and two steals on the night.

The second half came to an end with the Warriors and Tigers tied 27-27.

After back-and-forth scoring, the teams remained tied until the last two minutes and thirteen seconds of the third quarter (34-34), when Westmont’s Maud Ranger and Aimee Brakken each hit a three-pointer thirty seconds a part to give the Warriors a six point lead going into the fourth quarter (40-34).

Throughout the fourth quarter, the Warriors tried to pull further away, while the Tigers strove to bridge the gap. With only three minutes and thirty seconds remaining, the Warriors improved upon their narrow four point lead (49-45), when they went on a 9-2 run to close out the game – Shellmire had a jump shot and two free-throws; and McCoy had three free-throws and a jump shot.

Coming up, the Warriors will return home to Murchison Gymnasium and host California Lutheran on Thursday December first at 5:30 p.m.