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.