Gearing up for GSAC
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Going into a tough Golden State Athletic Conference (GSAC) opener at #14 The Master’s University (6-1 overall), the #2 Westmont women’s basketball team is playing just how it wants to be. With a 6-1 record and its only blemish being a three-point loss to #1 MidAmerica Nazarene, the Warriors have had a near perfect start to the season.
That continued this past week, with a 58-42 home win over Cal Lutheran and a 62-49 win on the road against Claremont-Mudd-Scripps Colleges on Saturday.
In the win over Cal Lutheran (1-4 overall), Aimee Brakken led the way with 12 points (all from three-pointers) and seven rebounds, while Aysia Shellmire pitched in 10 points and eight rebounds. Freshman Joy Krupa had career highs in points (9) and rebounds (14). It was Krupa’s third double-digit rebounding game this season.
Despite only playing three bench players compared to Cal Lutheran’s eight, the Warriors’ bench outscored the second unit of the Regals, 24-15. Westmont also outscored Cal Lutheran in the paint (28-16) and off turnovers (12-5).
With the win, the Warriors extended their home winning streak to 17 games.
On Saturday, Westmont extended its current winning streak to three games with a road victory against Claremont-Mudd-Scripps Colleges (4-3 overall).
Lauren McCoy dominated for the Warriors with her 19 points and eight rebounds on 8-11 shooting. Cora Chan had 14 points, while Morgan Haskin added 11 on 5-6 shooting.
The Warriors got the win despite only shooting 42.1% from the field and 5-18 (27.8%) from three-point range.
Westmont has already beaten NCAA DII powerhouse Azusa Pacific and #4 Campbellsville this season. The Warriors look to add another marquee win to its résumé tomorrow (12/7) night at The Master’s University at 5:30 p.m.