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Westminster basketball: Griffins take down Carroll in battle for first

By Josh Fisher

For the Deseret News

Published: Saturday, Jan. 19 2013 10:15 p.m. MST

SALT LAKE CITY – The fifth-ranked Westminster College women’s basketball team took sole possession of first place in the Frontier Conference with a dominating 67-36 win over Carroll (Mont.) on Saturday night in the Behnken Field House.

The win is the 10th straight by the Griffins as they improve to 18-2 overall this season and 7-0 in Frontier Conference play.

The 10-game winning streak is the fourth-longest in school history and the second of eight games or more this season. The loss drops Carroll to 12-6 overall and 6-1 in league.

After both teams traded baskets to open the game, Allie Eastman connected on a three to give the Griffins a 5-2 lead that they would never relinquish the rest of the night. Carroll twice had the deficit down to two and when Jordan Bagley scored with 9:13 to play in the half it was 18-15 for the Griffins.

That would be as close as the Saints would get the rest of the night as Westminster scored the next 13 points and closed the half with a 19-2 run that carried them into the locker room with a 37-17 advantage. The Griffins would then open the second half with layups from Brooke Larsen and Nicole Yazzie and then a triple from Eastman for the first seven points of the half. They would eventually push the lead to 33 with 3:59 remaining and cruised to the win.

Westminster shot a season-best 56.3 percent from the floor in the game and made three from beyond the arc. The Griffins recorded 22 assists on their 27 made field gals with only 13 turnovers. The Griffins out-rebounded Carroll 33-26 and had a 44-14 advantage in points in the paint. Carroll shot just 28.3 percent from the field and had 17 turnovers which resulted in 18 Griffin points.

Kelsi Wells led three Griffins in double figures with 11 points and she narrowly missed a double-double by grabbing nine rebounds. She shot 5-of-6 from the field and added two assists, one steal and one block. Larsen finished with 10 points and three rebounds with Tia Pappas adding 10 points and two steals off the bench. Yazzie had six assists and six steals and Tibbitts finished with nine points and eight rebounds.

Torrie Cahill led Carroll with 11 points and seven rebounds. She shot 3-of-11 from the field and added one assist. Bagley finished with eight points off the bench.

Westminster only has one game on the agenda next week and that takes place in Jan. 26 when it travels to Billings, Mont., to face Rocky Mountain (Mont.) at 5:30 p.m. from the Fortin Center.

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