Women’s Hoops Make It a Fantastic Four

The 2019 Westmont Women's Basketball Team

The 2019 Westmont Women’s Basketball Team

No. 10 Westmont women’s basketball (24-7) won the Golden State Athletic Conference Tournament March 2, defeating No. 5 The Master’s (26-6) 60-50. The Warriors have won the GSAC Tourney four years in a row, the first time that’s happened in GSAC history.

The Warriors’ victory  resulted from a strong defensive performance. “We had a lot of new players who came into the program this year,” said Westmont head coach Kirsten Moore. “From day one, they hear how defense is the foundation of our program. On the court, defense is central to everything we do. It took the newcomers a while to figure it out, and it took a while as coaches to figure out how we could be successful defensively. I am so proud of their effort tonight. They have learned how to be gritty, tough and resilient through a lot of ups and downs.”

Westmont earns an automatic berth in the NAIA National Tournament that begins Wednesday, March 13, in Billings, Montana.

“Nationals will be a new experience for the majority of the team,” noted Moore. “We will prepare the same way we prepare for every single game. Traditionally, our Westmont teams are playing their best basketball at this time of year, and that is true again this year.”

Westmont Warrior Athletic Highlights (Spring 2019)

National Awards:

  • 6th in Learfield Directors Cup
  • 10 of 12 teams in 2018 named NAIA Scholar Teams
  • Kirsten Moore – National Coach of Character
  • Libby Dahlberg – NAIA Leroy Walker “Champions of Character” Award
  • Cassidy Rea – NAIA AO Duer Scholarship for scholarship, character and citizenship

Volleyball:

  • NAIA National Tournament – Third straight year and 12th time in program history
  • Samantha Neely learned a new position and earned GSAC Player of the Year
  • Four players earned All-GSAC honors

Soccer:

  • Women’s soccer had five players earn all-GSAC honors
  • Gabi Haw earned GSAC Co-Player of the Year
  • Men’s soccer had three players earn All-GSAC honors

Cross Country:

  • Michael Oldach finished 8th at nationals and earned All-American
  • Michael Oldach won the GSAC Title
  • Three All-GSAC performers on the women’s team
  • Three All-GSAC performers on the men’s team

Basketball:

  • Women’s basketball GSAC Tournament Champions for fourth year in a row
  • Two All-GSAC performers
  • Automatic berth into the NAIA National Tournament
  • Kirsten Moore has made 12 trips to the NAIA National Tournament in 14 years at Westmont
  • Kirsten Moore has won five GSAC Tournament Championships, four Regular Season Championships and one National Championship
  • Men’s Basketball has one All-GSAC performer

Baseball:

  • 15-2 record and ranked 5th in the nation. Highest ranking in school history
  • Have had 11 players sign with MLB teams in the last five years. Andrew Vasquez made his major league debut with the Minnesota Twins in 2018
  • Have earned a berth into the NAIA National Tournament four of the last five years

Track and Field:

  • Seth Wilmoth won the Indoor National Championship in the pole vault
  • Team earned 15 All-Americans at the Indoor National Championship

Tennis:

  • Women’s tennis is off to a 6-0 start and 8-3 overall
  • They are currently first in the GSAC and ranked 13th nationally
  • Men’s tennis is currently ranked 23rd in the nation