Onto the Postseason
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The Westmont’s men’s and women’s basketball teams both concluded the Golden State Athletic Conference (GSAC) regular season this past week, playing road games against Vanguard University and Hope International University. Both teams won one and lost one game before the GSAC Tournament began this weekend.
On Thursday, both teams travelled to Vanguard University where the men’s team was triumphant, while the women’s team lost. It was a close game for the men’s team, causing the game to go to overtime, after which the Westmont Warriors won, 80-76. For the men’s team, senior Olisa Nwachie led the team with 25 points, eight rebounds, four blocks, three steals, and three assists. Senior Sean Harman had 18 points and seven rebounds, while freshman Kyle Scalamini tallied 13 points and three rebounds.
“I think the reason we won Thursday was we kept playing hard even when we went down late in the game,” said freshman Ben Okhotin said. “We stuck together and came back from being down ten to win in OT.”
On the other hand, the women’s team lost to the Vanguard Lions 40-44. The Lions had an early lead over the Warriors and maintained it throughout the game, even when the Warriors went on small runs. Senior Lauren McCoy led the team with 16 points, two blocks, and three rebounds. Sophomore Maud Ranger contributed nine points, and sophomore Joy Krupa had five points for the Warriors. The Warriors managed to keep the game close despite their offensive struggles. They were 4-12 from behind the arc and and had an overall field goal percentage of 25.6%. The Warriors’ strong defensive efforts kept them in the game.
On Saturday, the roles were reversed against Hope International University. The women’s team was triumphant, while the men’s team lost. McCoy led the team with 20 points, eight rebounds, two steals, and one assist. Freshman Lauren Tsuneishi and senior Jae Ferrin both contributed 15 points for the Westmont Warriors. Krupa led the team with 14 rebounds and Ferrin had nine. The women’s basketball team ended up winning the game 64-58.
The men’s team, however, lost 74-57 to Hope International University. Senior Gerald Karczewski had 22 points, but that was not enough for the Warriors to be triumphant. Nwachie had 16 points, while Scalamini contributed eight points.
With a win on Saturday, the men would have clinched the number two seed and a first round bye in the GSAC Tournament, but with the loss drop to the third seed after losing a tiebreaker with Hope International. The men now have an overall record of 22-6 (11-3 GSAC), while the women now have an overall record of 20-6 (12-2 GSAC).
Next, the men’s and women’s basketball teams are going to play in the GSAC Tournament hosted by Arizona Christian. The women’s team have a first round bye in the tournament as the number one seed, while the men’s team play William Jessup University on Friday at 5 p.m.