Westminster basketball: Rogers State and OBU on tap for the Griffins

By Josh Fisher

For the Deseret News

Published: Thursday, Dec. 13 2012 7:10 p.m. MST

SALT LAKE CITY — The fifth-ranked Westminster College women’s basketball team heads to Oklahoma to play two games. Westminster plays at No. 14 Rogers State (Okla.) on Saturday at 2 p.m. in Claremont, Okla. After a day off, the Griffins play Oklahoma Baptist in Shawnee, Okla., on Monday at noon.

Westminster takes to the road at 8-2 overall this season. The Griffins split two road games last week, winning at Concordia (Calif.), 68-48, last Friday before having their eight-game winning streak snapped with a 73-51 loss at No. 3 Vanguard (Calif.) on Saturday.

The Griffins have gone 5-1 in road games this season and are 6-1 in all games played outside of the Behnken Field House. They have also compiled a 2-1 record against teams ranked in the NAIA Top 25 at the time of the contest. Westminster is 6-0 when leading at the half and 7-0 when holding a lead with five minutes remaining.

Offensively, Westminster is scoring 61.3 points per game to rank eight in the Frontier Conference. The team is shooting 40.8 percent from the floor to rank third in the league and sit 13th nationally at 36.2 percent from beyond the arc. The Griffins average 7.5 threes per contest and distribute 15.5 assists.

On the defensive end, Westminster's opponents are averaging 53.4 points per game and shoot just 37.8 percent from the floor. The Griffins rank 15th in the NAIA in scoring defense and ninth in rebound defense at 31.6 per outing. The Griffins force 15.1 turnovers per game and have 80 steals and 51 blocked shots.

Westminster holds a 1-0 lead in the all-time series with Rogers State. The two teams met in the first round of the 2011 NAIA National Championships where the Griffins took a 60-56 decision. Current Griffins Nicole Yazzie and Brooke Larsen combined for 27 points, 12 rebounds and five assists in the win.

Monday’s game will be the first-ever meeting between the Griffins and Oklahoma Baptist.

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