A 24 point-performance by senior Maud Ranger helped #4 Westmont Women's Basketball (10-2) claim a 77-53 victory over the Pandas of Alberta (10-8) on Saturday afternoon at Murchison Gymnasium. Ranger made eight of 14 attempts from beyond the arc as the Warriors sank 16 buckets from long distance.
"Maud is having a phenomenal senior year," noted Westmont head coach Kirsten Moore. "She plays with a level of maturity and focus that is impressive and is leading the way for us. She is automatic when she is open. She is a relentless competitor. All year long she has shown toughness on the boards while stepping up and playing a new position. I am proud of her and excited about how she is leading our team as we head into GSAC."
The Warriors never trailed in the game after jumping out to an 8-0 lead to start the game. Ranger and Kaitlin Larson drained back-to-back threes to open the scoring before a jumper by Stefanie Berberabe brought the initial run to a conclusion.
Larson contributed 17 points to the Warriors' cause and pulled down five rebounds. Berberabe added 11 points and a team-high seven assists.
"Kaitlin's level of the focus at the beginning of the game was really high," assessed Moore. "She was shooting well from the perimeter. Defensively, she had a presence from the beginning of the game that was great to see."
At the end of the first quarter, Westmont held a 22-16 lead, then stiffened defensively in the second quarter, allowing the Pandas just seven points while scoring 16 of their own. As a result Westmont took a 38-23 halftime advantage into the intermission.
The Warrior settled the matter with a 20-4 run to start the third quarter. Ranger nailed three triples during the run while Larson connected for three field goals of the two-point variety. Gabriella Stoll added a jumper and Berberabe completed the onslaught with another three. At the end of the penultimate period, Westmont held a 61-36 advantage.
Stoll came off the bench to score seven points and a team-high 12 rebounds. Iyree Jarrett made three of five from 3-point range on her way to 14 points. She also recorded four rebounds and four assists.
"Gabi was so aggressive attacking the boards today," said Moore. "It is a huge plus when she is playing like that. She is a really capable player.
"Today we had a much better start, which is something we have been focused on. Setting the tone is something we need to do as we head into GSAC. This preseason has been good at preparing us because we have played against so many different styles of play. Hopefully, that has prepares us for a tough conference season coming up."
The Warrior return to Golden State Athletic Conference play on Saturday when they head to San Dimas for the first of three conference road games. Westmont will take on Life Pacific beginning at 5:30 p.m.
Story courtesy of Westmont Athletics.