Iyree Jarrett poured in 16 points and Gabriella Stoll added another 15 as NAIA fifth-ranke Westmont Women’s Basketball (6-2, 1-0 GSAC) recorded a 72-49 win over Ottawa of Arizona (5-2, 0-1) to start GSAC regular season play.
Stoll came off the bench to convert seven of 11 from the field including a three-pointer and pull down five rebounds. Jarrett contributed eight assists.
“Iyree is a great playmaker,” noted Westmont head coach Kirsten Moore. “She had eight assists and no turnovers. Her 16 points were icing on the cake. She makes so much happen for us. She can shoot outside, she can take it to the rim, she can drive and dish, and she finds open shooters. She played poised basketball and did a great job.”
The Warriors came into the game leading the NAIA in assist-to-turnover ratio at 1.69. Westmont lived up to its good ball-handling reputation by tallying 19 assists while committing just six turnovers.
“We have built a lot of momentum over the last couple of weeks by playing in difficult back-to-back tournaments,” noted Moore. “As we enter GSAC season, every win is tough to get. Ottawa is a dangerous offensive team this year. We did a good job on them defensively by forcing turnovers. Offensively, we took care of the ball. We played scrappy the way we did all year, which has become a big part of our identity.
“I thought our bench was huge tonight,” praised Moore. “Gabby, Krissy Miyahara (9 points, 3 rebounds) and Taylor Rarick (7 points, 2 rebounds) gave us a big boost. They scored a lot of points but they also contributed in the rebounding column. That is the way it will have to be for us this year – a total team effort.”
Every player on the team scored at least four points and collected at least two rebounds.