A week of opposites
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Westmont men’s basketball moved to 5-0 this weekend after steamrolling Westcliff University, 92-53, while the Westmont women’s team lost both games it played last week.
Although Westcliff came out swinging, putting up seven points that went unanswered in the first quarter, the Warriors responded with a fourteen point, unanswered run that began the game-long beatdown. At the half, Westmont led 41-19 and the Warriors saw a standout performance from senior Jerry Karczewski, who tallied thirteen points in his eleven minutes of play in the first half.
Karczewski finished with sixteen points, as did junior Max Hudgins, who went four for nine from the three point line. After shooting 46.9% in the first half, the Warriors improved as the game went on, posting a 65.5% shooting percentage in the second half.
Westmont led by as many as 50 points during the second half. Although Westcliff put up a good fight, going on a decent run at the end of the game, the fifty-point deficit was simply too much to overcome in the time remaining.
Although their scoring was good and their offense ran the court well, head coach John Moore said, “I think our passing could use some work. The amount of turnovers we had tonight doesn’t help, even when your offense is running things well.”
The Warriors had 11 players record ten minutes or more on the hardwood.
“We had a lot of guys step up and contribute, which is something we’re looking to continue,” said junior Brandon Jones. “If everyone gets out there and just plays as hard as they can, the details should take care of themselves. We want to continue to improve our communication and by conference we want to be ready to compete for the conference title.”
The Warriors play again at La Sierra University on Nov. 20 at 3 p.m.
Women’s basketball got off to a strong start this season, winning its first three games, but recorded their first two losses of the season against Azusa Pacific and Carroll College, bringing the Warrior’s record to 3-2.
In the first half against APU, the Cougars went seven for nine from the three point line, and the Warriors, normally a defensive powerhouse, were unable to get the stops that they needed to control the game. However, Westmont came out swinging in the second half, but ultimately the deficit was too much to overcome, and the Cougars improved to 6-0 on the season after winning 72-57.
Senior Lauren McCoy led the Warriors with 18 points in 33 minutes, shooting an impressive 69.2% from the floor. Sophomore Joy Krupa scored ten points and added eight rebounds.
On Saturday against Carroll College, Westmont came up just short, losing 34-39 in a low-scoring game. Although the
Warriors outscored their opponents by three in the first quarter, Carroll stepped up defensively and shut the Warriors out completely in quarter two. Westmont responded well in the third quarter to come back within two, but Carroll outscored the Warriors by three in the fourth quarter to win by five. Freshman Cassidy Tiegs led Westmont’s scoring with 12 points, and McCoy added 11 of her own.
The Warriors next travel to Jackson, Tennessee to play in the Rotary Classic against Bethel University (Tenn.) on Fri. Nov. 24 and Shawnee State University (Ohio) on Sat. Nov. 25.