The No. 8 Westmont women’s basketball team rebounded from a season-opening loss to Claremont-Mudd-Scripps by defeating Northern New Mexico, 85-40, in its home opener on Saturday morning.
“It was really important to bounce back from Tuesday like we did today. Tuesday was uncharacteristic of us in a lot of senses,” said Westmont head coach Kirsten Moore. “We knew we weren’t going to play worse than that, that’s for sure. For us it was really just coming together and trying to fight for each other, getting back to the core things we know we are about.”
The Warriors, who are already limited to eight available players on their roster, were without guard Krissy Miyahara, who was home for a family emergency.
Northern New Mexico hit a 3-pointer to take an early 3-0 lead, but it was the Warriors who then put on a 3-point shooting clinic, draining seven triples in the first quarter alone after only making seven in the entire game against Claremont-Mudd-Scripps. Westmont took a commanding 26-7 advantage after the first quarter of play, behind three 3-pointers from Lauren Tsuneishi and two from Taylor Rarick.
The Warriors’ 3-point shooting cooled off in the second quarter, as the team missed all eight of its 3-point attempts in the period. Yet, Westmont still outscored Northern New Mexico 11-8 in the quarter to take a 37-15 lead into halftime.
Westmont got its inside game going in the third period, as Gabriella Stoll scored 10 of the team’s first 11 points of the quarter on four field goals and two free throws. Westmont found its stroke back from beyond the arc, shooting two for two from deep, as the Warriors put up 23 points in the third to take a 60-29 lead going into the final quarter.
In the fourth quarter, Westmont scored 25 points, 15 of which came from 3-pointers. Maud Ranger scored 10 of her 15 points in the final period, shooting three for four from downtown in the fourth.
Stoll added nine points in the fourth quarter, as she scored 19 of her career-high 20 points in the second half.