State women's basketball roundup: Utes beat Colorado in OT, Aggies fall in Fresno

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Published: Saturday, Feb. 18 2012 11:00 p.m. MST

LCSC (23-4, 9-3) raced out to an early 12-4 advantage less than five minutes into the game. A 7-0 run by the Griffins a few minutes later turned a seven-point deficit into a one-point advantage with 2:52 remaining in the opening half. After Tia Pappas made a free throw with 1:38 remaining in the half, Westminster took the lead and would not trail again.

Pappas scored six big points for the Griffins in the opening half. She made both of her field goal attempts in the half, including one from beyond the arc. Pappas finished the game with nine points, five rebounds and played solid defense in her career-high 20 minutes on the floor.

After taking a 29-27 lead into the intermission, Westminster put the game away early in the second half. With the score even at 31 with 16:30 remaining, the Griffins scored 11 consecutive points, aided by triples from Brooke Larsen, Yazzie and Jackson. A few minutes later it was a 10-0 run that ballooned the lead to 22 with 6:54 to play. LCSC wouldn't get within 20 the rest of the way.

Westminster shot 46.3 percent from the floor while also making 10-of-26 (35.8 percent) from beyond the arc. The nation's No. 3 free throw shooting team was 18-of-21 at the stripe to hit 85.7 percent. The Griffins controlled the glass to the tune of a 37-28 advantage while turning 12 offensive boards into 11 second-chance points.

Defensively, Westminster limited the Frontier Conference's highest scoring team to just 56 points, 15 below their average. The Warriors shot just 38.8 percent from the floor and went 8-for-21 after halftime. Westminster forced 18 turnovers and scored 19 points from the opportunities.

The Griffins will look to clinch the outright title on Thursday when they welcome Montana State-Northern to the Behnken Field House. That game will tipoff at 5:30 p.m. and also be available on Griffins TV.

SOURTHERN IDAHO 61, SLCC 57: At Twin Falls, Idaho, the Bruins had 30 turnovers to squander a 47 percent shooting outing. Sofia Hepworth and Fawn Brady led Salt Lake (14-11, 5-7 SWAC) offensively. Brady finished with a double-double scoring 14 points with a team-high 11 rebounds while Hepworth scored a team-high 15 points.

The Bruins return home for their final home games of the season nest weekend as they prepare for the Region 18 Tournament hosted at Salt Lake Community College on March 8-10.

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