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  • Monday, Nov. 30

    • Women's Soccer

  • Wednesday, Dec. 2

    • Women's Soccer
    • Women's Basketball
      • WC at Cal Lutheran, 7 pm

  • Friday, Dec. 4

    • Women's Soccer
    • Men's Basketball
      • WC hosts Bethesda, 7:30 pm

  • Saturday, Dec. 5

    • Women's Soccer
    • Women's Basketball
      • WC hosts Claremont, 2 pm

  • Tuesday, Dec. 8

    • Women's Basketball
      • WC hosts Vanguard, 5:30 pm
    • Men's Basketball
      • WC hosts Vanguard, 7:30 pm

  • Saturday, Dec. 12

    • Women's Basketball
      • WC at Hope Int'l, 5:30 pm
    • Men's Basketball
      • WC at Hope Int'l, 7:30 pm

  • Friday, Dec. 18

    • Men's Basketball
      • WC hosts Pacific Union, 2:30 pm

  • Saturday, Dec. 19

    • Men's Basketball
      • WC hosts NW Indian, 7:30 pm

Warriors Win with Epic Comeback

Submitted by: Ron Smith - November 24th, 2015
Amy Brakken

Lauren McCoy notched a double-double and Aimee Brakken lit up the three-point line as #5 Westmont Women’s Basketball (6-1) rallied from a huge deficit to defeat host Azusa Pacific (5-1) on Tuesday night in the Felix Events Center by a score of 71-65.

McCoy tallied 16 points and 13 rebounds to record the ninth double-double of her Westmont career. Brakken put up 15 points – the second highest of her career – and five rebounds.

The Warriors outscored the Cougars 29-10 in the fourth quarter to overcome a 13-point deficit (55-42) at the end of the third.

“In one 40-minute span we saw how terrible we could be and we saw how great we could be,” said Westmont head coach Kirsten Moore. “At the core of the comeback for us was a fight and a toughness – an attitude that we are going to fight for everything and not give up. Things were not going our way for the majority of the game. But we continued to fight and compete, one possession at a time, and we worked our way back.”

A 15-2 run in the first four and one-half minutes of the final frame tied the score at 57. McCoy accounted for eight of the Warriors’ points during the stretch.

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Warriors Defeat #11, Then Defeated by #24

Submitted by: Kaci Mexico - November 16th, 2015
Karlie Storkson

By Kaci Mexico
November 16, 2015

In the second game of this weekend’s Las Vegas Basketball Tournament, #5 Westmont Women’s Basketball shut down #11 Great Falls (Mont.) 66-45. The next day, in their final game of the tournament, the Warriors (5-1) suffered their first loss of the season when they fell to #24 Carroll (Mont.) 76-67. Their overall tournament record was 2-1.

Head coach Kirsten Moore reflected on their victory against Great Falls. “This was a really big win for us. They are a very high scoring team and our defense held them to way under their average.

“We held their All-American to zero points which was huge. Karlie Storkson drew that assignment and denied her everywhere – she was huge for us on the defensive end and was definitely our game MVP.”

Storkson held Erin Legel scoreless, who last season averaged 17.7 points a game.

“Offensively I thought we executed really well,” said Moore. “There was a balance of scoring from a lot of different people and a lot of people stepped up.”

A Second Half Comeback

Submitted by: Kaci Mexico - November 13th, 2015
Lauren McCoy

By Kaci Mexico
November 13, 2015

(LAS VEGAS) The undefeated #5 Westmont Women’s Basketball team (4-0) achieved another victory on their away game expedition when they overcame Lindenwood-Belleville (Ill.) 76-56.

Within the first minute, the Warriors scored the initial five points of the game off of a shot by sophomore Lauren McCoy and a three-pointer by freshman Kayla Sato.

Lindenwood answered with two seven-point runs that were five minutes apart. The second of these, earned them a solid nine-point lead with only three and one half minutes left in the first half (20-29). This run consisted of two successful consecutive shots by Kindra Brown followed by a three-pointer by Rilea Huff.

Twenty seconds later, the Warriors responded to this deficit with an 11-point run. Senior Lauren Sende ignited their offensive flame with a two-point shot, assisted by senior Krissy Karr. Next, junior Aysia Shellmire added on a two-point shot of her own and Sende followed with another successful two-point shot. Then, Karr scored a three-pointer and Sende ended the run the way it began, with a two-point shot (31-29).

The half ended with both teams tied at 31-31.

Warriors Remain Undefeated

Submitted by: Kaci Mexico - November 11th, 2015
Krissy Karr (photo by Nathan Ngo)

By Kaci Mexico
November 10, 2015

The #5 Westmont Women’s Basketball team (3-0) remained undefeated after conquering Cal State Maritime 71-46 in their third consecutive win of the season.

Down by four with four minutes remaining in the first period, the Warriors harnessed momentum when they went on a seven point run – a run that established a lead that they maintained for the entirety of the game. The run began with a jump shot by the game’s leading scorer, junior Aimee Brakken. She had a game total of 19 points. Senior Krissy Karr and Freshman Kayla Sato each followed with a jump shot of their own and Karr also added on a three-pointer to give the Warriors a four-point lead (14-10).

Cal State Maritime had a notable run towards the end of the second period when they scored five points to bridge the gap and make it a three point game (24-27). This run consisted of a three-pointer by Joie Camalo followed by a jump shot by Kedina Monroe.

Shellmire Drops 26 to Quench Flames

Submitted by: Kaci Mexico - November 3rd, 2015
Aysia Shellmire

By Kaci Mexico

November 02, 2015

Junior forward Aysia Shellmire scored 26 points and had 15 rebounds to lead the #5 Westmont Women’s Basketball team (2-0) to their second win of the season in a highly aggressive and energetic game against the Flames of Bethesda College (2-1). The final score was 70-61.

This was Shellmire’s eleventh career double-double and both her point total and rebounds are new career highs.

“Aysia’s first half really set the tone for our team,” said head coach Kirsten Moore. “When we were able to stay composed enough to get her the ball inside, she really went to work. She was unstoppable tonight. I am so proud of her and how she did on the boards as well.”

Moore continued to reflect on the women’s performance in tonight’s game. “I was proud of the fact that we were able to get it done and find a way to come out with a win in a really crazy game. Bethesda hit a bunch of shots in the second half, so we had to weather the storm. Then we made a run of our own in the beginning of the fourth quarter. That really put us in control down the stretch.”

In the first quarter, the Warriors gained an early lead and scored the first six points of the game in only two and one-half minutes. This run consisted of a successful free throw by Shellmire, a jump shot by senior Krissy Karr, and a three-pointer by freshman Kayla Sato. Westmont ended the quarter at 19 points, with Bethesda close behind at 14.

Warriors Victorious in Season Opener

Submitted by: Kaci Mexico - October 31st, 2015
Kayla Sato

By Kaci Mexico

October 30, 2015

Coming off of a semifinal appearance in the NAIA Division I Women’s Basketball National Tournament, Westmont exhibited both the continued strength of their program and the immense potential of this year’s team when they defeated Oregon Tech 68-52 in today’s season opener.

“We knew for our first game that we were playing a good veteran team,” said Westmont head coach Kirsten Moore. “They went to the national tournament for the NAIA Division II last year and they have nine players returning from that team. On top of this experience, they were going to come here and see us as a great opportunity because of the fact that we have had a history of success as well. We knew this was going to be a good test from the start.”

The Warriors were quick to act and scored the first five points of the game within the first two minutes. Lauren McCoy scored first on a layup following the tip-off. Two minutes later McCoy passed to Shellmire who was fouled on her successful layup and who then converted the resulting free throw.

Throughout the game the Warriors gradually increased their lead with consistent shooting success. They had a shooting percentage of 42.6, while the Owls had a percentage of 31.3.

Immersed in Gulu

Submitted by: Ron Smith - August 15th, 2015

Westmont Women’s Basketball is in the midst of a mission trip to Uganda. The team is currently in the city of Gulu in northern Uganda, an area which was ravaged by civil war until 2007. Gulu has a population of just over 150,000.

What follows is a travel log by senior Karlie Storkeson, outlining their activities on August 14 (day six) and August 15 (day seven).

Wow, wow, wow. I’m going to attempt to go over what has taken place the last two days. But as a disclaimer, my words are going to barely even scratch the surface of all that we were able to pack into the last two days.

Arriving in Uganda

Submitted by: Ron Smith - August 13th, 2015

Editors Note: The following report from Uganda was received several days after it was written.

By Karlie Storkson

Hey everyone! We are alive and in Uganda! It has been a crazy whirlwind of travel and beginning to experience Africa! We spent too many hours to count in airplanes and airports. We flew from LAX to New York. New York to Amsterdam. Amsterdam to Rwanda. And then finally to Uganda. We left at 5:00 a.m. from Santa Barbara on Thursday the 6th and arrived in Kampala, Uganda at our hotel at 11pm on the 7th. Needless to say, we were exhausted. But in Warrior Basketball fashion, we were up at 7:15 am the next morning for conditioning. We wanted to run off the jet lag and ensure we were in shape to play the Ugandan National Team..

After our conditioning on day one, we visited a slum called Bwaise where we were able to put on a basketball clinic. This was our first interaction with a large amount of Ugandans and it was memorable. We taught kids on a large dirt field how to dribble and pass, from the age of five up through high school. After, Morgan Haskin, Aimee Brakken and I shared our testimonies with different age groups of the kids we were with. Sixteen kids came to Christ in Aimee’s group. Praise God! After sharing smiles and photos and hugs we had to leave in order to get to our second slum visit of the day.

Our second stop was the Katwe slum in Kampala. Here we visited the Sport Outreach International’s (SOI) chess academy started by Robert Katende. It was inspiring to hear from the chess students about how chess had made an impact on them to be able to have the confidence in their day to day lives and challenges. We responded by sharing what basketball has done in our lives.

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