WBK: Fast start carries Warriors to victory at Hope

A 14-0 run to start the game put the second-ranked Westmont women’s basketball team in control of Saturday’s 57-44 Golden State Athletic Conference win at Hope International’s Darling Pavilion.

“Our players were really focused,” reported Westmont head coach Kirsten Moore. “I was really proud of our defensive efforts and our efforts on the board. We outrebounded them by 17.”

Krissy Karr started the Warriors off with a three-point bucket before Aysia Shellmire scored on a jumper in the paint. Aimee Brakken then drained a three before Cora Chan added a free throw. A three-pointer by Chan made the score 12-0 before Karr scored from two-point range.

At the end of the first quarter, Westmont held a 20-7 advantage. The rest of the way, the Warriors (10-1, 2-0) led by at least 11 points and held as much as a 26-point lead (53-27) in the final frame.

“The first half we shot the ball well and played very good defense,” noted Moore. “In the second half we struggled offensively to make shots. Obviously, we continued to play really good defense, holding them to six points in the third quarter.”

All 10 available players saw time on the court in tonight’s game and all 10 scored. All but one also had at least one rebound.

Shellmire tallied 13 points and nine rebounds, while Sato and Karr matched Shellmire’s point total. Lauren McCoy pulled down 11 rebounds to lead the Warriors on the boards.

The Warriors are off for the next two and one-half weeks, returning to campus on December 26 to begin preparing for the Holiday Classic on December 29.