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  • Thursday, March 26

    • Women's Tennis
      • WC hosts Arizona Chr., 12 pm
    • Men's Tennis
      • WC hosts Arizona Chr., 2 pm

  • Friday, March 27

    • Track & Field
    • Women's Tennis
      • WC hosts Xavier (La.)., 2 pm
    • Baseball
      • WC vs. Wm. Jessup
        in Marysville, 6 pm

  • Saturday, March 28

    • Track & Field
    • Baseball
      • WC vs. Wm. Jessup
        in Marysville
        Doubleheader, 12 pm
    • Men's Tennis
      • WC hosts Xavier (La.)., 2 pm
    • Women's Tennis
      • WC at Pt. Loma Naz., 2 pm

Season Ends in Semifinals

Submitted by: Ron Smith - March 23rd, 2015
Lauren McCoy

Westmont Women’s Basketball (27-7) saw their season come to an end in the semifinals of the NAIA Women’s Basketball National Championship. The Warriors fell 77-57 to the Stars of second-ranked Oklahoma City (29-2), the defending national champions.

Despite the loss, Westmont head coach Kirsten Moore was pleased with her team’s performance on the national stage.

“We weren’t looking at tonight as the end,” said Moore, “we wanted to fight tonight and keep it going. But the fact that we are playing in the semifinals says so much about how well we played together. That is what we had even tonight. We played with unity and fight and this team has nothing to hang its head about.

“Oklahoma City is the most talented team in the NAIA,” continued Moore. “We knew that we had a big challenge tonight. I couldn’t be more proud of how my team competed. Every time OK City made a run, we answered, cutting a huge lead to four.”

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Warriors Advance in Triple-Overtime Thriller

Submitted by: Ron Smith - March 21st, 2015
Aysia Shellmire

It took an extra 15 minutes of play, but Westmont (27-6) has advance to the semifinals of the NAIA Women’s Basketball National Championships by defeating the Bison of Oklahoma Baptist (27-6) in triple overtime by a score of 83-81.

Across town, Westmont men’s team was competing in the quarterfinals NAIA Men’s Basketball National Championships and just two minutes before the end of the women’s game, the men also advanced by defeated Mid-American Christian by a score of 78-66.

As a result, Westmont has two teams that will play in their respective national tournament semifinals on Monday. Prior to this season, the Warriors had never had both basketball teams win in the first round in the same year.

The women’s quarterfinal was a battle of defensive minded teams from start to finish. Westmont fell behind 7-1 in the first four minutes but a bucket in the paint by Aysia Shellmire sparked a 12-0 run to put Westmont in front 13-7.

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Warriors Upset Top Seed

Submitted by: Ron Smith - March 21st, 2015
Cora Chan

“We are so hyped right now,” declared sophomore guard Cora Chan after fourth-seeded Westmont (26-6) upset top-seeded Westminster of Utah in the second round of the NAIA Women’s Basketball National Championship.

The Warriors advance to tomorrow’s quarterfinal match-up where they will take on second-seeded Oklahoma Baptist (27-5).

“We came with the mind set of fighting, no matter what,” said Chan. “Even though we were the underdog – they were supposed to beat us by 20 – we didn’t let that affect us. We focused on ourselves and our motto of ‘She before me,’ and played with each other – all together.”

“We knew that we were going to have to fight really hard to beat at team as good as Westminster,” said freshman forward Lauren McCoy who tallied 20 points and 10 rebounds. “They are the number one defensive team and the number one three-point percentage team in the nation. We knew we had to lockdown on their shooters and had to execute our offensive game plan. Even as good as they are, we knew that if we trusted in what we did and what our coaches have set up for us, we were going to get the looks we need.”

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Warriors Show Their Mettle in First Round Win

Submitted by: Ron Smith - March 19th, 2015
Krissy Karr

Westmont Women’s Basketball (25-6) has moved on to the second round of the NAIA Women’s Basketball National Championship with a 74-63 first round win over The Scots of Arkansas’ Lyon College (27-7). Junior guard Krissy Karr scored 18 points while posting six assists and four steals. Senior guard Esther Lee added 17 points to help lead the Warriors to the win.

Sophomore post Aysia Shellmire tallied 12 points and six rebounds while freshman post Lauren McCoy notched a double-double of 10 points and 11 rebounds to go with three blocks. Sophomore guard Cora Chan collected seven points, eight rebounds and four assists.

The Warriors struggled in the first half, shooting just 30.3 percent (10 off 33) from the field. Lyon, on the other hand, made 14 of 29 from the floor (48.3 percent). The Scots led by as much as 10 points in the first half (29-19) and claimed a six-point advantage 36-30 at intermission.

“The first half was a bit of a struggle because they were hedging our guards hard,” noted Lee. “We couldn’t seem to get good looks.”

“We played a very good Lyon team and we had our backs against the wall for a majority of the game,” said Westmont head coach Kirsten Moore. “I’m so proud of how we stuck with it, kept fighting and kept believing.

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Westmont Draws Lyon in NAIA First Round

Submitted by: Ron Smith - March 11th, 2015

The official brackets have been released and 16th-ranked Westmont Women’s Basketball (24-6) will take on the 17th-ranked Scots of Lyon College (27-6) from Batesville, Arkansas in the first round of the 2015 NAIA Division I Women’s Basketball National Championship, Presented by Susan G. Komen Greater Kansas City. Westmont is the number four seed in their quadrant of the 32-team bracket while Lyon is the number five seed.

The Warriors and Scots are scheduled to tip off at 10:45 a.m. CDT (8:45 a.m. PDT) on Thursday, March 19, the second day of first round games. The Championship Tournament will be held at the Independence Events Center in Independence, Missouri.

Westmont and Lyon have met up once before – ironically in the first round of the 2012 NAIA National Championship. The Warriors edged the Scots 59-57 to advance to the second round. Westmont senior guard Celina Gougis is the only player on either current team who was on the roster three years ago, though she did not play in the previous game.

The Scots are making their fourth trip in a row to the National Tournament under head coach Tracy Stewart-Lange (188-129 at Lyon), who is in her 10th season. Lyon will be looking to earn their first NAIA Tournament win in next Thursday’s game.

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Warriors Falter in First Round

Submitted by: Ron Smith - March 5th, 2015
Krissy Karr

It was a disappointing night for #15 Westmont Women’s Basketball (24-6) who lost to Hope International (16-15) by a score of 72-67 in the first round of the Golden State Athletic Conference Tournament on Wednesday night in Murchison Gymnasium. The loss came despite 25 points from junior guard Krissy Karr who made seven buckets from beyond the arc.

“Credit Hope tonight,” said Westmont head coach Kirsten Moore. “They had a great game plan, they stepped up and executed and they played a great basketball game.

“I am definitely disappointed in my team’s effort and especially focus on the little things. My hope now is that this fuels us to be a better team in the next two weeks – that we are able to get tougher in the areas we need to get tougher and that we bring a very different presence to the national tournament.

“I believe our body of work has put us in a position where we can have a chance to play again and we can take advantage of that and be a better team than we were tonight.”

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“Murch” Madness Begins Wednesday

Submitted by: Ron Smith - March 3rd, 2015
2015 WBB Tournament Logo

The madness begins in Murchison Gymnasium on Wednesday, March 4 as #15 Westmont Women’s Basketball (24-5) begins its trek through the postseason. The first stop is a first round game in the Golden State Athletic Conference Tournament. The Warriors will host Hope International (16-14) at 7:30 p.m.

The Warriors and Royals split the two regular season games this year with each team winning at home. On January 24, Hope International surprised the Warriors with a 63-70 upset win. Junior guard Alexis Perry, who transferred to Hope from Pepperdine, led the Royals with 19 points, nine rebounds and three assists.

On Tuesday, of last week, the Warriors took their revenge when the Royals paid a visit to Montecito. Westmont outscored Hope 83-52 behind 25 points and 12 rebounds from freshman forward Lauren McCoy. Junior forward Aysia Shellmire also notched a double-double of 13 points and 10 rebounds.

The Warriors hold a 32-3 series advantage over the Royals, but over the last two seasons, the two teams are even at two wins apiece.

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All-Conference & Coach of the Year Honors Bestowed

Submitted by: Ron Smith - March 3rd, 2015
From Top Left: Krissy Karr, Aysia Shellmire, Lauren McCoy, Coach Kirsten Moore

The Golden State Athletic Conference has announced the 2015 Women’s Basketball All-Conference Team and three Warriors are on the list. In addition, Westmont head coach Kirsten Moore was one of three coaches named the GSAC Co-Coach of the Year. It is the third time in the last four years that Moore has received conference coach of the year honors.

Junior guard Krissy Karr of Irvine, junior forward Aysia Shellmire of Burbank and freshman forward Lauren McCoy of Arcata were the award winners from Westmont.

Karr, who transferred this year from the University of Idaho, ranks ninth in the GSAC in scoring, averaging 12.7 points per game, and is tied for third in three-point field goals made at 68 (2.3 per game). She is second in the GSAC in total assists with 107 (3.69 per game) and tied for six in total steals at 47 (1.6 per game). Her assist-to-turnover ratio of 1.7 is second best in the GSAC.

Shellmire ranks 11th in the GSAC in scoring, averaging 11.7 points per game, and is second in field goal percentage at an even .500 (140 for 280). On the boards, Shellmire ranks second in the GSAC in total rebounds with 226 (7.8 per game).

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