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For the third year in a row, the #4 Westmont women’s basketball team won the Golden State Athletic Conference (GSAC) Tournament to earn an automatic bid into the NAIA National Tournament, doing so with a 48-46 victory over #7 Vanguard. The Warriors had the number one seed going into the tournament after winning the GSAC regular season title, earning a first round bye before taking on The Master’s University Mustangs in the semifinals on Saturday.
Westmont was triumphant over The Master’s University, winning by a final score of 59-50. The game was close early on, with a score of 26-26 at halftime. Both teams were eager and determined to win the game due to the high level of competition on both ends, but in the end the Warriors were able to take the victory and earn their place in the championship game.
In the semifinal win, Joy Krupa led the team with 19 points, 12 rebounds, three assists, and two blocks. Senior Morgan Haskin had 13 points, seven boards, and two blocks for the Warriors. Sophomore Maud Ranger contributed nine points, all of which were three-pointers, and senior Lauren McCoy had seven.
In the championship game, Westmont won a nail biter over Vanguard after an impressive fourth quarter showing. The Warriors were down by seven points going into the fourth quarter, but outscored the Lions 18-9 in the fourth to win by two. McCoy led the Warriors with 17 points and six rebounds, while Krupa added 13 points.
The men’s basketball team won its first two games of the GSAC Tournament, defeating William Jessup University on Friday in the first round and then Hope International University on Saturday in the semifinals. The Warriors’ conference title aspirations were halted by the top ranked team in the NAIA, The Master’s University, in the championship by a score of 88-73.
The Warriors took an early lead over William Jessup in the first round and maintained it throughout the duration of the game. The Warriors had a lead of 42-28 going into the second half. The Warriors ended up winning the game 98-74.
Freshman Kyle Scalmanini led the team with 21 points, four rebounds, and four assists. Senior Sean Harman had 17 points, sophomore Zac Jervis had 16 points and 10 rebounds, and senior Olisa Nwachie contributed 13 points and 12 rebounds.
Going off that win, the Warriors won their next game against Hope International University by a score of 90-83. The score was close throughout, but the Warriors pushed through and won, led by Harman’s 23 points. Scalmanini had 15 points and 11 rebounds, while senior Gerald Karczewski and senior David Gunn both contributed 14 points for the Westmont Warriors.
In the championship, Jervis led the way with 18 points, while Karczewski and Nwachie scored 13 apiece. Harman added 11 points.
The Westmont women will learn its opponent in the first round of the NAIA National Tournament during a live bracket reveal on the NAIA website today (Wednesday) at 3 p.m. The National Tournament will take place from Mar. 14-20 in Billings, Montana.
Despite the loss in the GSAC Chammpionship, the Westmont men are expected to receive an at-large bid into the NAIA National Tournament and will find out its fate in the bracket reveal at 4 p.m. on the NAIA website. The men’s tournament will be played in Kansas City, MO. from Mar. 14-20.