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  • Saturday, Jan. 29

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Lions Nip Warriors in Defensive Battle

Submitted by: Ron Smith - January 28th, 2015
Celina Gougis

In a defensive struggle between two top-20 teams, #12 Vanguard (14-5, 6-3 GSAC) came out on top of a 53-50 score to defeat #17 Westmont Women’s Basketball (17-5, 4-5) on Tuesday night in a Golden State Athletic Conference game.

“I’ll go to battle with the team that showed up for us tonight,” said Westmont head coach Kirsten Moore. “We were gritty; we gave ourselves a chance with our defense. It was just hard to get anything going offensively – credit Vanguard’s defense and their defensive game plan.

“Especially in the first half, we struggled to finish inside or finish outside. Obviously, we were able to figure some things out in the second half offensively and still played good defense. We gave ourselves a chance to be in the game if we had just had a few different opportunities down the stretch.”

The Warriors trailed 24-17 at intermission after making just 26.1 percent from the field (6 of 23). Esther Lee, who finished with a team high 14 points, tallied nine points of those points in the first half.

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Royals Upset Warriors

Submitted by: Ron Smith - January 24th, 2015
Krissy Karr

Despite a season-high 32 points from junior guard Krissy Karr, #16 Westmont Women’s Basketball (17-4, 4-4 GSAC) suffered a 70-63 loss at Hope International (12-9, 3-4) on Saturday night in Golden State Athletic Conference action.

The Warriors struggled to score in the first half, making just seven of 26 attempts from the floor for 26.9 percent shooting. The Royals, on the other hand, made 14 of 31 (45.2 percent) on their way to a 34-20 halftime lead.

Westmont found itself down by 17 when Brittany Bauman (11 points) nailed a three-pointer shortly after play resumed in the second half. That proved to be the largest lead of the game.

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Warriors’ Streak Past Biola

Submitted by: Ron Smith - January 20th, 2015
Esther Lee

Junior guard Krissy Karr poured in 25 points as #16 Westmont Women’s Basketball (17-3, 4-3 GSAC) posted a 67-49 Golden State Athletic Conference win over the Eagles of Biola (12-9, 4-3) on Tuesday night in La Mirada. Karr made six of 12 attempts from three points range. She also tallied four rebounds and three assists.

Westmont came into Chase Gymnasium with guns blazing and put up a quick 11-0 lead in less than three minutes. On each of its first three possessions, the Warriors scorched the net from long distance with Karr, Celina Gougis (3 points, 10 rebounds) and Esther Lee (11 points, 5 assists) hitting threes in succession.

Aysia Shellmire (8 points, 7 rebounds) scored a layup on the Warriors’ next possession before Biola’s Chelsea Hill (9 points, 3 rebounds) point the Eagles’ first points on the board. A layup by Lauren McCoy (14 points, 8 rebounds) made it five straight scoring possessions to start the game and gave Westmont a 13-2 advantage.

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Warriors Roll to Ninth Straight Victory

Submitted by: Ron Smith - January 18th, 2015
Lauren McCoy (photo by Nathan Ngo)

Junior forward Aysia Shellmire shot 50 percent from the field (7 of 14) on her way to a double-double of 20 points and 11 rebounds as #17 Westmont Women’s Basketball (16-3, 3-3 GSAC) posted a 88-76 Golden State Athletic Conference win over the Flames of Arizona Christian (4-15, 0-6).

Freshman forward Lauren McCoy also notched a double-double, recording 11 points and 10 rebounds while making five of seven attempts from the field. Senior guard Esther Lee (four of seven from three-point range) and senior guard Krissy Karr (four assists) each contributed 12 points to the Warrior cause.

Westmont never trailed in the game. Leading 8-7, Celina Gougis (7 points, 5 rebounds, 5 assists) and Lee combined for back-to-back threes and Shellmire added a layup to produce an 8-0 run and a 16-7 score. The Warriors went on from there to take a 51-30 lead at halftime. Westmont led by as much as 23 in the second half (79-56) with 5:47 to play.

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Defense Overcomes Slow-starting Offense

Submitted by: Ron Smith - January 15th, 2015
Aimee Brakken

Sometimes your offense doesn’t work. For the first five minutes and 20 seconds of #17 Westmont Women’s Basketball’s Golden State Athletic Conference game against the Hawks of San Diego Christian (6-12, 2-4 GSAC), Westmont (15-3, 2-3) couldn’t buy a basket. The Warriors missed on their first nine field goals and two free throws.

The good news for the Warriors is that their defense was firing on all cylinders. While Coach Kirsten Moore was trying different plays and different personnel to ignite the offense, the Warrior defense allowed just four points.

“Defense led the way for us tonight,” said Moore, whose team posted a 78-46 win. “To hold them to single digits for basically the whole first half was a great defensive effort by our players to get in passing lanes and not let them run their offense. We were able to play off of that defense on the offensive end.”

Westmont’s offense entered the game with Aimee Brakken (10 points). Shortly after coming off the bench, Brakken drove to the basket, pulled up in the lane and hit an eight-footer for the Warriors’ first points of the game. She also drew a foul a from the Hawks’ Angela Pena (13 points, 3 rebounds) and converted for an old-fashioned three-point play. On the next possession, Brakken drained a three-pointer from the angle to put the Warriors up 6-4 and spark a 23-0 run.”

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Warriors Win Sluggish Game

Submitted by: Ron Smith - January 8th, 2015
Lauren McCoy

Offensive production was hard to come by on Thursday night in Kaiser Permanente Arena, but #16 Westmont Women’s Basketball found just enough to post a 43-40 win over UC Santa Cruz.

“Tonight was one of the ugly, grind out kind of wins that you have to get,” said Westmont head coach Kirsten Moore. “But, the fact that we got a ‘W’ is a credit to the grittiness of the team. It was definitely a defensive struggle, but both teams were also struggling offensively to make good shots. It was tough to get the ball to go down.”

The Warriors shot just 27.1 percent from the floor (16 of 59) but it was more than the Banana Slugs who managed just 23.4 percent. Three-point shots would not fall for either team as the Warriors were two of 18 from beyond the arc and the Slugs were one of 18.

The game started out well for the Warriors who jumped out to a 9-2 lead on three field goals by Esther Lee (including a three) and two free throws from Aysia Shellmire (10 points, 8 rebounds). The Slugs, however, went on a 10-2 run to take a 12-11 lead at the 11:00 minute mark of the first half.

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Women’s Basketball Cruises past William Jessup

Submitted by: Ron Smith - January 6th, 2015
Haleigh Filer

Krissy Karr led the way with 13 points and Aysia Shellmire recorded a double-double as #16 Westmont Women’s Basketball (13-3, 1-3 GSAC) defeated William Jessup (1-14, 0-5) by a score of 69-41 in a Golden State Athletic Conference match-up. Shellmire recorded 10 points and 12 rebounds in the battle between two teams that share a nickname.

“We have been focusing on our defense and getting momentum off of our defense,” said Westmont head coach Kirsten Moore. “We did that very well tonight and disrupted their offensive flow.

“Krissy shot the ball very well – going three for four from the three-point line – and did a good job of leading us.”

An early 8-0 run by Westmont resulted in a 12-4 lead for the team from Montecito. William Jessup cut the lead to 14-9 when Cara Tortorich (5 points) nailed a three-pointer, but Westmont responded with a 12-2 run to go up 26-11 with six minutes remaining in the opening frame. By halftime, Westmont was up 38-22.

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Great Falls Falls Short

Submitted by: Ron Smith - January 4th, 2015
Krissy Karr

Junior guard Krissy Karr (20 points) made four of five three-point attempts and was six for six from the charity stripe to help #11 Westmont Women’s Basketball (12-3) claim a 75-72 win over Great Falls of Montana (13-2) on Saturday night in Murchison Gymnasium. Sophomore guard Cora Chan connected on four of six from beyond the arc on her way to 18 points and four rebounds.

With the score tied at 13 apiece with 11:26 remaining in the first half, Westmont put together a 14-2 run to take a 27-15 lead. Chan kicked off the run with back-to-back three-pointers. After a layup by the Argos’ Kendalyn Brainard (4 points), Aysia Shellmire (12 points, 6 rebounds) scored to make the score 21-15.

Lauren McCoy (8 points, 5 rebounds) followed with two free throws before Chan hit a jumper for two more and Shellmire scored again from inside. At the end of the opening frame, Westmont held a 40-27 lead.

After the intermission, Karr returned to the court on fire, scoring from beyond the arc on each of the Warriors’ first three possessions to give Westmont its largest lead of the game (49-31).

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