Extinguishing the Flames
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The #2 Westmont women’s basketball team brought home another win on the hardwood as they beat the Bethesda Flames, 91-55, on Friday. This was the largest point differential of the season and proved to be a great team effort all around.
The Warriors got off to a hot start in the first quarter, outscoring the visiting team 33-9. This was the best start to a game this season and seemed to be the key element of the blowout win on Friday night. Westmont shot a large number of its field goals from behind the arc, shooting 61.5% from three in the first half. Cora Chan got the team off to a hot start from behind the arc, igniting a 15-2 run in the first quarter. Chan continued to shoot well from three and finished at 80% from behind the arc. Freshman Maud Ranger also provided a spark shooting as she had a career high nine points, all three-pointers.
“We really emphasized our defense this week in practice,” said Ranger. “Our team came together and played really good team defense for the first time this year.”
Westmont’s defense had Bethesda’s number all game, as the Flames did not lead at any point in the game, despite winning the turnover battle. And with a constant coming from behind mentality after the first half, Bethesda shot under 30%. Such a low percentage shooting did not help, as the Warriors were consistently taking shots from close range at a very high percentage. Lauren McCoy (13 points), Aysia Shellmire (16 points), and Morgan Haskin (20 points) dominated the paint. The three shot a combined 22-26 (84.6%) from the field.
With the rout of Bethesda, Westmont now sits at 3-0 on the season and at home. This next week they will head to Tennessee to play both the #1 and #4 teams in the country. Look for the team to capitalize on fantastic play in the paint and transition defense. The Warriors return home on Dec. 1 to take on California Lutheran.