Women's basketball competes in Montana
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This past weekend, the Westmont women’s basketball team played in the University of Providence Tournament up in Great Falls, Montana. Their first game was Friday against the host team: the #18 Providence Argonauts.
The first quarter consisted of even play by both sides, but Westmont led going into the second quarter, 19-18. In the second quarter, a lot was the same as neither side gained a true advantage. Solid shooting from freshman Kaitlin Larson down low and Maud Ranger from beyond the arc kept Westmont’s offense running. As the third quarter began, the Warriors found themselves down by three, but obviously still within striking distance. They got off to a slow start and Providence’s lead grew to as much as seven in the third. However, three pointers from Larson and guard Lauren Tsuneishi kept the Warriors close. Later, Westmont’s offense came alive as they ended the quarter on an 11-4 run, giving them a four-point lead. Unfortunately, Westmont came out cold in the fourth, as they did not score until mid-way through the quarter. Westmont fell behind by as many as nine points, but clawed their way back to down by five before time ran out. Providence outscored the Warriors 24-15 in the last quarter as the Warriors fell to the Argonauts 70-75. The Warriors’ downfall was in second-chance points, where they gave up 13 points compared to their seven. Larson led all scorers with 26 points and grabbed 10 boards. Ranger had 14 points and went 3 for 7 on threes.
Following this hard-fought loss, Westmont was pitted against the #9 Montana-State Northern Skylights. Westmont got going early as Ranger hit a three followed by a jumper from Sydney Brown; both baskets were assisted by Tsuneishi. Ranger finished off the quarter with a three with thirty-four seconds remaining, giving the Warriors a 19-14 lead going into the second quarter. It was a three-point entourage in the second as Ranger, Tsuneishi, Krissy Miyahara, and Iyree Jarrett combined for seven three-pointers, as well as 21 of Westmont’s 25 points in that quarter. Going into the second-half,
Westmont held a 13-point lead and looked to continue its offensive success. While the Warriors’ lead was not extended, their offense was still clicking and firing away threes, as they took an 11-point lead into the last quarter. Larson scored nine of Westmont’s 13 points in the fourth, as the Warriors took down the Skylights 68-56. Leading the way for the offense was Brown with 21 points, followed by Ranger’s 15 points (all from threes), and Larson with 11. Tsuneishi led the way with 8 assists.
After Thanksgiving break, the Warriors will begin GSAC play on the road against the 22nd ranked Arizona Christian Firestorm.
(Article written before matchup with Carroll College on Monday night).