Westmont Women’s Basketball (4-1), won two games as host of the Best Western Plus Carpinteria Classic. The Warriors, ranked eighth in the NAIA, defeated #6 Our Lady of the Lake (Texas) on Friday night by a score of 78-71. Then on Saturday, Westmont survived a double-overtime thriller with an 82-76 win over #10 Antelope Valley.

“Over the course of this weekend, to win two games over high-level competition, is so impressive for this group,” said Westmont head coach Kirsten Moore.

“I am super proud of my team’s fight, their focus and the resolve they played with,” said head coach Kirsten Moore after the team’s win on Friday.

Senior guard Maud Ranger drained 22 points and pulled down 13 rebounds to lead the Warriors in both categories against Our Lady of the Lake. It marked the first double-double of her collegiate career.

“Maud was unbelievable,” said Moore. “In the first half, we were playing a four-guard line-up. She was basically our other post player out there. She got 10 rebounds in the first half against a phenomenal rebounding and very athletic team. She was all over the place and was shooting with confidence. At one point, she was five for six from three. She set the tone as a senior.”

Sophomore post player Kaitlin Larson added 13 points and seven rebounds while junior guard Lauren Tsuneishi notched 12 points and six rebounds. 

Saturday’s game was a bit more of a seesaw affair as the Warriors and Pioneers appeared to claim different quarters as their own.

“I think that the heart and will of this team is extraordinary, and they showed it on the court tonight,” said Moore. “Three minutes into the game, Iyree went down. Everybody stepped up and outlasted a really good team.”

The Warriors outscored the Pioneers 24-11 in the fourth, resulting in a 61-61 score at the end of regulation.

In the first overtime period, Westmont overcame missing its first six free throw attempts to keep even with the Pioneers at 69 and forcing a second extra session.

In the second overtime, Larson and Ranger connected for two free throws apiece to put the Warriors on top 73-69. After a pair of free throws by Ashley Del Rio brought Antelope Valley to within two, Larson scored on a layup to put Westmont ahead 75-71.

Stefanie Berberabe added to Westmont’s lead with a layup of her own, but was matched by Antelope Valley’s Asia Young, making the score 77-73 with 1:45 showing on the clock.

After another free throw by Larson, Young drained two more with just under a minute left to make the score 78-75. On the Warriors’ next possession, Tsuneishi was left alone on the left side and drained a three to put Westmont on top 81-75 with 30 seconds to play. The only remaining scoring was a free throw on each side to account for the final score.

Berberabe led the Warriors in scoring with 27 points, 13 of which came from the charity stripe.

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Barry Punzal, Sports Editor

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