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Four Warriors Added to Court of Champions

Submitted by: Ron Smith - May 8th, 2015
Tugce Canitez

The Santa Barbara Basketball Court of Champions has announced former Westmont coaches and student-athletes will be among 17 inductees comprising the class of 2015. Former coaches Chet Kammerer and Randy Pfund will be inducted alongside former student-athletes Ron Shelton and Tugce Canitez.

This year’s inductees join John Moore and Kirsten Moore, current head coaches for Westmont Men’s and Women’s Basketball respectively, who were inducted into the Court of Champions last year in its inaugural class.

Kammerer coached Westmont Men’s Basketball for 17 years from 1975 to 1992, accumulating a record of 357-158 (.693). During that span he led the Warriors to five NAIA National Championship appearances. During the 1984 campaign, the Warriors reached the semifinals for the first time in school history.

Kammerer left Westmont in 1992 to join Pfund on the Los Angeles Lakers coaching staff. In 1996, he began scouting for the Miami Heat where he currently serves as the vice president of player personnel. After the remodel of Murchison Gymnasium in 2008, the floor was named “Kammerer Court” in his honor.

Sato, Gipson Sign with Westmont

Submitted by: Ron Smith - April 29th, 2015

Westmont Women’s Basketball head coach Kirsten Moore has announced the signing of two talented student-athletes: Kayla Sato (West Torrance High School, Torrance) and Macy Gipson (Westview High School, San Diego).

Reflecting on the signing of such a dynamic duo, Moore remarks, “Having been to two NAIA Fab Four and winning a National Championship in the last three seasons, our program has continued to catch the eye of talented athletes looking to join a successful team. Yet what I really love is that we have such a great academic program to offer our student-athletes that will equip them for success long after their basketball careers are over.

“Both of these aspects of the student-athlete experience are enhanced by the overall character development that takes place in this uniquely special community here at Westmont College. It is because of the combination of all these factors that we have signed two remarkable student-athletes, Macy and Kayla, to join our Warrior family.”

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
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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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