WBK: Chan’s 3-pointer lifts Warriors past Biola

Cora Chan buried a 3-pointer with nine seconds left, lifting Westmont to a 69-67 win over Biola in the GSAC women’s basketball regular-season finale on Saturday at Murchison Gym.

The Warriors trailed 67-66 after Biola’s Chelsea Hill hit a jumper with 21 seconds left.

The win gives Westmont records of 24-5 overall and 11-5 in the GSAC going into the conference tournament.

“I’m proud of my team for pulling out a win,” said Westmont head coach Kirsten Moore. “Biola played great and gave a great effort. It took everything we had to come out with a victory. It was really fun to play in front of a great crowd tonight on senior night and to pull out a win for our seniors.”

Before the game, Westmont honored Celina Gougis and Esther Lee were honored for their years of service on the Warrior team.

Kristin Karr led four Warriors in double figures with 16 points. Lauren McCoy and Aysia Shellmire each scored 13 points and Chan had 10.

Hill scored 24 points and Annie Pack and Dani Kennedy each had 13 for Biola (16-14, 8-8).

Biola had a chance to win the game, taking the ball out of bounds on their end of the court with five seconds remaining.

“Celina had a great defensive stop where she got a tip and made the ball go to the back court,” described Moore, “which was really important in getting that final stop that secured our victory.”

With the win, Westmont finishes the GSAC regular season tied for third with The Master’s (21-8, 11-5). The Warriors will be the number three seed in next week’s GSAC Tournament and will host sixth-seeded Hope International (16-14, 7-9) in the first round on Wednesday at 7:30 p.m.