Maud Ranger: Santa Barbara to Scotland

Annika Bahnsen, Staff Writer

Credit: Siena Keck                                                                                                      Maud Ranger drives toward the basket.

Due to COVID-19, last year was one of the most historic athletic seasons. Nevertheless, the Westmont women’s basketball team went 27-3, ending their short season in the number one seed in the Golden State Athletic Conference (GSAC). 

Leading this team was Maud Ranger, a 2020 graduate at Westmont. After the season ran short, Ranger decided to take a turn with her basketball career. Ranger is now extending her borders and advancing her game overseas to play for the University of Edinburgh in Scotland and the Caledonia Pride, a team in the Women’s British Basketball League.

She was a captain during her junior and senior years and counted herself as one of the players on Westmont’s basketball team with the most minutes  — averaging 34.4 minutes per game, the fourth-most in GSAC, and the most ever by a Warrior in program history. She shaped the Women’s team in many ways and advanced their success statistically, while simultaneously cultivating the team’s chemistry.

I caught up with the women’s coach, Coach Kristen Moore, to learn more about Ranger’s contribution to the team.

“Maud was an instrumental part in the success of the team in the last four years,” Moore explained, “She has a unique love for the game of basketball even when things got hard. Even though she is leaving, players are currently being impacted and shaped [by her]. She made people around her better.” 

Ranger has been through highs and lows during her basketball career, but this year proved to be one of her biggest. Obviously, this season did not go as planned due to the pandemic. On top of that, she switched positions on the court and took on a leadership role, as she was the only senior on the team last season. These changes did not hold her back. 

In addition to her various accomplishments on and off the court, she was named a NAIA third-team All-American and was selected for the All-GSAC team. One of the more notable Westmont accomplishments was becoming the second player in Westmont women’s basketball history to average a double-double. These various accolades came with great weight in her team environment. 

“She was very successful in [GSAC], [Ranger] is going to take that mindset, work ethic, and positivity [to the Women’s British Basketball League],” Moore said. 

Ranger, without a doubt, will continue her success in the United Kingdom and will take her Warrior pride with her. While at the University of Edinburgh, she will pursue a Masters degree in Management, something planned before basketball became part of the equation, according to Moore. 

“I am excited for her next journey, Westmont has shaped her well academically and athletically and I am excited to see the fruit she bears over there.”