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Warriors Battle to Win Over Bethesda

Submitted by: Ron Smith - December 20th, 2014
Krissy Carr

Junior Krissy Karr tallied 23 points as #11 Westmont Women’s Basketball (8-3) posted a 67-58 win over the visiting Flames of Bethesda (6-9). Karr dropped in five three-pointers as the Warriors drained 14 buckets from beyond the arc.

“Krissy set the tone from the beginning and had great command on the court,” said Westmont head coach Kirsten Moore, “not just with her scoring, but she also had seven assists, three steals and was getting deflections.”

The Warriors fell behind 9-0 to start the game with the Flames’ Lisette Longomo (21 points, 4 rebounds) accounting for all the early scoring. A quick time out by Moore and a change of defensive strategy got the Warriors back on track. Karr and Celina Gougis (12 points, 3 rebounds) knocked down back-to-back threes to get the Warriors back in the game.

“I was really proud of the girt my team showed,” said Moore. “We have been focusing on being a gritty team when things get tough – and things have been tough. We needed that grit to get a win tonight against a very athletic, very dangerous team. We were able to maintain the lead most of the game, but it was neck and neck. Every basket mattered and every stop mattered and every rebound mattered.”

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Warriors Stung by Buzzer Beater

Submitted by: Ron Smith - December 12th, 2014
Cora Chan

It could not have been closer. With time about to expire, The Mustang’s Olivia Thompson launched an awkward, desperation three-point shot which found its target, giving #20 The Master’s (7-3, 1-1 GSAC) a 70-67 Golden State Athletic Conference win over #11 Westmont (7-3, 0-3 GSAC).

Slow-motion replay revealed that the when the ball left Thompson’s hand, the clock read 0.0 but the end-of-period lights around the backboard had not yet lit.

The Mustangs led much of the game. With the game tied at 17 in the first half, The Master’s went on an 8-0 run to go up 25-17 with three minutes remaining in the opening frame. However, jumpers by Krissy Karr and Aysia Shellmire, together with a three-pointer from Karr, resulted in a 7-2 run by Westmont and a 27-24 halftime score.

In the second half, the Mustangs held on to the lead until Esther Lee drained a three-point shot to tie the game at 58 with 4:14 remaining in regulation. Two free throws by Shellmire gave Westmont its first lead of the game (60-58) in more than 23 minutes.

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Eagles Top Warriors

Submitted by: Ron Smith - December 6th, 2014
Lauren Sende (Photo by Nathan Ngo)

Westmont Women’s Basketball (7-2, 0-2 GSAC), ranked at number 13 in the NAIA, dropped its second Golden State Athletic Conference game in a row, falling to Concordia (6-2, 2-0). The Eagles were led by senior transfer Janis Peterson who scored 32 points, pulled down five rebounds and collected four steals.

Five Warriors scored in double figures led by Aysia Shellmire with 20 points and 12 rebounds. Celina Gougis also had a double-double recording 13 points and 10 rebounds. Lauren McCoy and Esther Lee added 12 points each while Krissy Karr posted 11.

The Eagles’ victory snapped a seven-game win streak by the Warriors over Concordia.

The first half was closely contested with neither team holding more than a seven point advantage. The Warriors went up 40-35 when Shellmire scored on a layup with 1:07 showing on the clock. However, Peterson hit a three and followed with a layup to produce a 40-40 halftime score.

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Moore Records 200th Win

Submitted by: Ron Smith - November 25th, 2014
Coach Kirsten Moore

Westmont Women’s Basketball (7-0), ranked 13th in the NAIA, cruised to a 79-54 win over Cal State San Marcos (1-5) on Tuesday night at Murchison Gymnasium. The win was the 200th in the career of head coach Kirsten Moore.

“I had absolutely no idea. It is not something I pay attention to,” said Moore when informed of the accomplishment. “I hope what it means is that we have built a successful program here and have continued to put together great teams that have a chance to win every night. The women who have put on the Warrior jersey over the years are the ones who have accomplished the wins for us night in and night out. Hopefully, we can get a lot more.”

In her tenth season at the helm of the Warrior program, Moore has put together an impressive record of 200-88 for a winning percentage of .694. In her nine seasons, she has collected one national championship and two Golden State Athletic Conference championships.

Moore has also been named the NAIA Coach of the Year once and the GSAC Coach of the Year twice. Five times her players have earned NAIA All-American honors and 15 have been named to the All-GSAC Team.

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Warriors Fell Oaks behind Shellmires’ 23

Submitted by: Ron Smith - November 24th, 2014
Celina Gougis

Sophomore forward Aysia Shellmire took control of the lane on Saturday night in Murchison Gymnasium to help lead the Warriors to a 74-62 win over the Oaks of Menlo in the final game of the Best Western Plus Carpinteria Classic. Shellmire led all scorers with 23 points and nine rebounds.

“I thought we played very tough tonight,” said Westmont head coach Kirsten Moore. “Menlo is very physical and a good basketball team. We needed 40 minutes of defensive effort to win this game. We played two halves of defense and were able to outrebounded them. Those are the two things that will lead us to success this year – defense and rebounding.”

The Warriors collected 50 rebounds (18 offensive) to the Oaks’ 39.

“We had a great effort off the bench,” noted Moore. “Aysia was dominant inside tonight and Karlie Storkson (10 points, 3 rebounds, 2 assists) gave us really big minutes. It shows that we have great depth on this team.

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Leafs Fall to Warriors

Submitted by: Ron Smith - November 21st, 2014
Amy Brakken

Seven Warriors tallied eight or more points as #13 Westmont Women’s Basketball (5-0) posted a 73-53 win over the Maple Leafs of Goshen (Ind.) in the first game of the Best Western Plus Carpinteria Inn Classic at Westmont on Friday evening.

Aysia Shellmire and Esther Lee each contributed 12 points while Kristin Karr added 10.

The Warriors had a rough start with the Maple Leafs jumping out to a 10-3 lead. Westmont cut the lead to 12-10 on a layup by Shellmire and a jumper and three-pointer from Lee, but the Warriors did not pull even until just before halftime.

Down 26-22 with three minutes on the first half clock, Lee drained a long-range bomb. Thirty seconds later, Karr did the same thing, giving Westmont its first lead of the night (28-26) with 2:27 left before intermission.

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McCoy, Lee Lead Westmont in Win over LCSC

Submitted by: Ron Smith - November 15th, 2014
Esther Lee

An impressive double-double by freshman Lauren McCoy and lights-out shooting by senior Esther Lee in the first half led #13 Westmont Women’s Basketball (4-0) to a 79-66 win over #15 Lewis-Clark State of Idaho (4-1). McCoy scored 14 points and collected 23 rebounds while Lee drained six of seven three-pointers in the first half on her way to a game-high 22 points.

“I have so much respect for LC State and their program,” said Westmont head coach Kirsten Moore. “Every year they are not only at the national tournament, but winning at the national tournament. They are one of the great programs in the NAIA. For us to play the way we did and have the result we did says a lot about the potential of this team. Obviously, it is early in the season, so we have to see this as a starting point and continue to build on this and get better throughout the season.

Westmont started the game with a 16-2 run over the first six minutes which included two three-pointers by Lee.

“When Esther gets going she is hard to stop,” said Moore. “The great thing about the first half is that we were taking what the defense gave us. If they collapsed inside, we kicked out to our shooters. When they were outside we were kicking inside. We had a great inside-out game going tonight.”

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Karr Scores 26 in Warrior Win

Submitted by: Ron Smith - November 10th, 2014
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Playing its fourth game in as many days, #13 Westmont Women’s Basketball (3-0) pushed its way through an 80-76 win over Northwest Christian (Ore.) to complete its Oregon road trip on Monday evening. Kristin Karr led the way for the Warriors with 26 points, five rebounds and three assists.

The Warriors jumped out to a 9-2 lead on a three-pointer by Esther Lee, two lay-ups by Lauren McCoy and a jumper by Karr. However, the Beacons (2-1) scored the next nine points to take an 11-9 lead with 12:47 remaining in the opening frame.

Westmont’s Morgan Haskin responded with a 6-1 run consisting of two free throws sandwiched between two layups. As a result, the Warriors went up 15-12 with the clock showing 10:31 to play before intermission.

Northwest Christian rallied, however, and took a 19-18 lead with 7:12 left in the first half. Westmont snatched back a brief lead (22-21) when Haskin scored on another layup, but then Hannah Fredrickson (15 points, six assists) scored to give Northwest Christian a lead they would not relinquish until nearly four minutes into the second half.

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