Women’s Basketball Inks Talented Trio

Submitted by: Kaci Mexico - June 30th, 2016


Krupa (top left), Ranger (top right), and Sears (bottom left).

Krupa (top left), Ranger (top right), and Sears (bottom left).

By Kaci Mexico
June 30, 2016

Head Coach Kirsten Moore is pleased to announce the signing of three talented student-athletes, Ellie Sears from Portland, Ore., Maud Ranger from Anaheim, Calif., and Joy Krupa from Montclair, Calif.

Moore reflected on the signing of the 2016 recruiting class and said, “Anyone who has been around me on the basketball court knows that I am passionate about being a gritty, yet intelligent basketball team. As a top-tier academic institution, here at Westmont we can recruit highly intelligent student-athletes and this class brings not only smarts in the classroom but also a strong basketball IQ. This group will bring the toughness and grit on the defensive end of the floor that I believe is imperative to winning championships. Having been to two NAIA Fab Fours and winning a National Championship in the last four seasons, our program has continued to catch the eye of talented athletes looking to join a successful team and I am thrilled to add Ellie, Maud and Joy to our Warrior family.”

Ellie Sears, a 5’11 guard will bring length and a great motor to the Warrior backcourt. Sears, having been a three-year starter on a Jesuit team that is used to winning at a high level, has won back-to-back Metro League Championships. Sears and her Jesuit team have also seen great success at the state level – having reached the Final Four (15-16), Elite Eight (14-15) and Sweet Sixteen (13-14). As a senior, Sears was named Third Team All-Metro League.

Additionally, Sears played for Clutch Players in Beaverton, Oregon – a club program that has consistently produced high caliber student athletes on all levels. Sears spent four years representing Clutch, and was named the MVP of the prestigious Oregon City End of the Trail tournament in 2015.

Off the court, Ellie was a member of the honor roll for 3 years and a recipient of the All-Star Academic Award for two years (Oregon).

“I have had my eye on Ellie for a number of years since she played for a club team led by coaches that I have great respect for,” reflected Coach Moore. “She has been taught both the fundamentals and the intricacies of the game, and her high basketball IQ will be a great fit with how our Warrior team plays. Ellie’s passion for the game and genuine care for her teammates are contagious traits that align with our program’s core values of hard work and team unity. I cannot wait for her to arrive on campus and bring her various talents into the Westmont community.”

Maud Ranger is a smooth 5’8 guard who will add depth to the Warrior backcourt. Maud played for Fairmont Prep in Anaheim, CA. Ranger also hails from a high school program that is accustomed to winning. She was a three-year starter on a team that has won a CIF Championship (2015), CIF runner up (2014), and was a State semi-finalist (2015). As a junior, Ranger was named All Joaquin league and averaged 8.4 points per game and 3.5 rebounds per game. As a senior, Ranger was named Second team All-League, Defensive Player of the Year, and Fairmont Prep’s Female Athlete of the Year.

Additionally, Ranger, who was born in France and is bilingual, was named All-Tournament team at the West Coast Jamboree as a senior, and has served as Athletics Commissioner in ASB.

“I love Maud’s competitiveness,” remarks Moore. “She loves a challenge and is an extremely resilient young woman. You can tell a lot about a person by how they play defense, and Maud’s grit and toughness are evident as she thrives on the challenge of guarding opponents’ best players. Maud also exhibits maturity beyond her years as she has sacrificed a lot to pursue her passion of being a student-athlete, and we are excited she gets to continue that dream of playing college basketball here at Westmont.”

Adding athleticism and versatility to the Warrior frontcourt is 5’11 forward Joy Krupa from South Hills High School. Joy finished off an impressive career at South Hills, and as a senior was named First Team All-CIF, Palomares League MVP and First Team All-League. Additionally, Joy was awarded the Palomares Five Outstanding Senior Honors Award, as well as the Distinguished Athlete Award. Her senior year, Joy averaged nearly a quadruple double (10.2 points per game, 11 rebounds per game, 7 assists per game, and 7 blocks per game). Joy was twice named Defensive Player of the Year (2014 and 2015), and broke her own record for blocks in a season (84) as a junior.

“As you can deduce from Joy’s statistics, she is quite an athletic talent,” exclaims Moore. “When I found out she played football and led the boys team in tackles, interceptions and receptions, it started to make sense why she could make so much happen on a basketball court. Her athleticism and length are a game-changer on defense and on the boards. Joy’s upside is tremendous as she started playing basketball a lot later than most of her peers, and I anticipate her having an exponential growth curve in her college career.”

Westmont Women’s Basketball looks forward to the significant addition of Sears, Ranger, and Krupa to their already experienced roster as they seek to improve upon last years’ largely successful season.