Moving up the standings
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This past week, both Westmont’s men’s and women’s basketball teams won two important Golden State Athletic Conference (GSAC) games at home. With these two wins under their belt, the men now have an overall record of 12-6 and are 6-4 in GSAC play, while the women are now 15-6 overall and are 8-3 in GSAC play.
On Thursday, both the men and women hosted Ottawa University, where both teams were triumphant. The women’s team had an early lead over the OUAZ Spirit from the beginning, and they maintained that momentum throughout the game to win 61-49, securing another important GSAC win. Junior Maud Ranger led the team with 17 points, while first-year Kaitlin Larson had 15, and first-year Sydney Brown had 13.
Even though the men’s game was close in the beginning, the Warriors always managed to have somewhat of a lead over the OUAZ Spirit. At halftime, Westmont was up 46-39. They maintained their lead and ended up winning the game 86-74. Sophomore Kyle Scalmanini led the team with 18 points and five rebounds, while senior Olisa Nwachie recorded 17 points and six rebounds. Senior Max Hudgins contributed 12 points, while senior DeSean Scott and first-year Cade Roth both had nine points.
Coming off their great GSAC wins on Thursday, both the men and the women were once again triumphant in their games on Saturday against Arizona Christian. The women’s basketball team had a close start at their home match-up against Arizona Christian as well. They were tied at the end of the first quarter, but as soon as the second quarter began, the Warriors came out with intensity and were determined to win the game. They ended up gaining a significant lead over the Firestorm and won the game 73-60. With this win, the Firestorm and the Warriors are both 8-3 in GSAC play. Brown led the team with 18 points and nine rebounds, while first-year Iyree Jarrett had 17 points for the Warriors. Both sophomore Lauren Tsuneishi and Larson had 15 points.
The men’s game was close in the beginning, as the Arizona Christian Firestorm was hot from the three-point line. However, the Warriors made offensive and defensive adjustments early on, resulting in them having a significant lead for the majority of the game. The Warriors ultimately won 89-81, led by Hudgins, who tallied 27 points, six rebounds, and five steals. Scalmanini had 17 points, Scott had 12, while senior Matt Ramon had 10 points and nine rebounds.
“The two wins are good momentum and something we can build on,” said Hudgins, leading scorer of Saturday’s game.
He concluded by saying that, “Everyone serves a vital role and is very valuable. To keep winning we need to stay humble, and continue to stay coachable in the things that are making us successful.”
Brown, the leading scorer for the women on Saturday, said, “I think our team has grown a lot from these last two games. We didn’t play to our capabilities in Thursday’s game and knew we needed to pull together a more focused mentality for Saturday’s game.”
She added that, “For being a young team, we’ve been doing a good job of stepping up our intensity and being coachable everyday. Our biggest strength is our unity and how well we play together as a whole.”
Both the men and women have important GSAC games on the road this upcoming week, against William Jessup on Thursday and Menlo on Saturday.