Peterson brings it for Warriors

Lisa Peterson scored 22 points on 10 of 11 shooting as No. 24 Westmont Women’s Basketball (17-5, 9-5 GSAC) defeated Hope International (10-14, 2-12) by a score of 77-66 in a Golden State Athletic Conference game on Saturday night in Fullerton.

“Lisa did a great job inside,” said Westmont head coach Kirsten Moore. “It was a real battle inside because it was Lisa and (Hope International’s) Champ Hood. They were scoring on each other. Neither one could stop the other, but they were both scoring pretty much every time they got the ball.”

Hood led the Royals with 26 points and 10 rebounds.

With the score tied at 21 all, a layup by Peterson started a 19-8 run by the Warriors to close out the first half and give the Warriors a 40-29 lead at the intermission.

“The run at the end of the first half gave us breathing room to work with and allowed us to play more relaxed,” said Moore.

The Warriors shot 52.6 percent from the floor (30-57) in the victory and 47.4 percent from beyond the arc (9-19). Hope international won the battle of the boards 41-36.

The Warriors will be back in action on Tuesday when they travel to Costa Mesa for a showdown with #13 Vanguard (13-7, 9-5). Vanguard and Westmont are tied for fourth in the GSAC standings after Vanguard fell to Biola 68-55. Both teams are one game behind #8 Biola (18-5, 10-4).