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Warriors women prevail over the Hawks 63-59

Smith scores 23
By: Brianna Campbell for The News Messenger/Placer Herald
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SAN DIEGO – In a close battle between the William Jessup University women’s basketball team and the San Diego Christian Hawks, the Warriors came away victorious, 63-59, Saturday.

Leading the charge for the Warriors in this Golden State Athletic Conference matchup was Anisah Smith, who had a game-high 23 points. Smith also pulled down five rebounds and dished out three assists.

Joining Smith was Lily Hagerty with 15 points and Ashlyn Jones chipped in 12. 

 "I was proud of my team for fighting for all 40 minutes. I feel like all 14 players impacted this game, whether it was scoring, rebounding, passing or just giving energy." Smith said, "We needed this win and we went and got it, together." 

After a poor shooting performance in the first half, the Warriors bounced back in the second half. Hagerty led the second-half surge as she made 3-of-5 attempts, including two 3-point buckets to help fend off the Hawks.

With Hagerty’s help, the Warriors outscored the Hawks in the second half. 
 Head coach Kurt Westendorp addressed the team's shooting woes while applauding his team's ability to stand strong.

"Today was a really gutsy win for our team." Westendorp said, "We were able to overcome one of our poorer shooting efforts and find a way to grind out the win."
 The Warriors displayed a strong defense, forcing the Hawks to commit 20 turnovers and their presence on the glass.

As a team, Jessup pulled down 45 rebounds, 18 on offense. Second-chance points proved critical as well, the Warriors won that battle 14-4.

Emilee Van Dyke led the Warriors win nine rebounds and nearly had a double-double scoring eight points. 
"We're looking forward to the second round of GSAC play and having five of our remaining seven games at home in Warrior Arena," said Westendorp. 

After three straight road games, the battle-tested Warriors return home for a two-game home-stand hosting The Master’s University  Thursday and Westmont College Saturday.