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Westmont Hangs On, 67-62 Loss

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Sat., Jan. 15, 2011 [Box Score][Season Box]
Santa Barbra, Calif. -- The Westmont College Warriors, who receive votes in the latest NAIA Top 25 ratings, held on in the final seconds to take the 67-62 win from San Diego Christian. SDC, still looking for the second GSAC win, is now 6-10 overall and 1-7 in GSAC while Westmont breaks even in conference at 4-4, improving to 12-4 overall.

Junior Jasmin Thomas came out with the games first points, but eight scoreless posessions later Westmont took hold of the lead which they would keep throughout the first half.

SDC hit only 5 shots, gaining a third of their first half points at the free throw line (5-8). Wesmont had a similar fortune, hitting 8 of 12 opportunies at the line.

Free throws for both sides allowed the game to reach the twenties, since neither team shot above 25% from the field. SDC was 5-25 (20.0%) and 7-32 (21.9%) from Westmont resulted in a 23-15 halftime score. Junior Juanita Lewis was 100% on the court, scoring 8 of the Hawks 15 points (2-2 FG, 4-4 FT). Junior Michelle Gonzalez had 5 rebounds, also going 2-2 from the field for 4 points.

In the first five minutes of the second, SDC had made more shots than they did in all of the first, forcing 4 Warrior turnovers and creating a 13-5 run that tied the game at 30. Westmont exploded out of a 32-32 tie, scoring 18 unanswered points until a free throw from Lewis with 8:34 to go. SDC broke through Westmont's double-digit hold on a few occassions, coming within 3 with 9 seconds to go, but two good free throws on an SDC foul wrapped the win up for the Warriors.

Junior Brittany Robinson found a groove in the second, hitting 4 three's and all 6 free throws for a team high 18 points. Gonzalez ended with 9 rebounds and 11 points, going 4-5 from the field and 1-1 behind the three.

SDC put down 6 three's (33.3%), shooting 35.1% overall, going 20-57 from the field. Westmont saw similar results, hitting 22 of 61 from the field (36.1%) but cashed in on 21 of 32 opportunties at the charity stripe. San Diego Christian had found 25 points off of Westmont turnovers, while Westmont pulled down 48 rebounds by games end to SDC's 36. Vanessa Farias was the point leader for Wesmont with 21 points (8-12 FG, 2-5 3 Pt, 3-7 FT).

The Hawks take to the road again on Tuesday, January 18 to take on No. 12 Vanguard University in Costa Mesa, California. The game is scheduled to begin at 5:30pm.


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