WBK: Wilber’s hot hand carries 9th-ranked Warriors

Senior guard Jillian Wilber knocked down six 3-pointers and scored 22 points in No. 9 Westmont’s 95-58 Golden State Athletic Conference women’s basketball win over Arizona Christian on Saturday in Phoenix

Wilber was six of 14 from beyond the arc and 4 of 4 from the charity stripe.

All 10 available Warriors played, scored and rebounded in the game. Senior forward Tugce Canitez had 17 points, seven rebounds, six assists and three steals. Junior guard Dori Lansbach, who was three of six from three-point range, tallied 13 points and four rebounds. Sophomore guard Celina Gougis added another 11 points and five boards. Freshman forward Lauren Sende led the Warriors on the boards with nine rebounds.

The Warriors (15-3, 6-0) led throughout, posting a 20-6 advantage in the first five minutes of play. By halftime, Westmont had extended its lead to 57-28.

Westmont shot 45.1 percent from the floor (32 of 71), including 40.7 percent from three point range (11 of 27). Most impressive was Westmont’s free throw shooting. The Warriors made the charity stripe sizzle, sinking 20 of 21 attempts (95.2%).

Arizona Christian (4-14, 0-6 GSAC) was also impressive from long range, making nine of 24 attempts (37.5%). They shot 34.5 percent overall (21 of 54).

The Warriors outrebounded the Firestorm 45-30 and forced 24 turnovers while committing just 13.

In other Golden State Athletic Conference games, #3 Vanguard (14-1, 5-1) escaped Fullerton with a 65-60 win over Hope International (9-12, 1-5). Eighth-ranked The Master’s (19-1, 5-1) held off the visiting Hawks of San Diego Christian (11-11, 3-3) by a score of 60-50. Concordia (5-13, 3-3) snuck past visiting Biola (10-11, 1-5) by a margin of 58-54.

Westmont remains atop the GSAC standings, one game ahead of The Master’s and Vanguard who are tied for second place. The Mustangs and Lions will do battle on Tuesday night.

San Diego Christian and Concordia are tied for fourth place, three games behind the Warriors. Biola and Hope International are two more games back, tied for sixth.

Westmont and Concordia will play on Tuesday at Murchison Gymnasium, bringing an end to the first cycle through the GSAC line-up. Tip-off is scheduled for 5:30 p.m.

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