SALT LAKE CITY – The fifth-ranked Westminster College women’s basketball team continued their dominance in Frontier Conference play with a 75-40 win over Lewis-Clark State on Saturday night in the Behnken Field House.
Westminster has now won 13 straight games and is 21-2 on the season. The Griffins are undefeated in league play with a 10-0 record and maintain a one-game lead in the conference race. Lewis-Clark State dropped to 6-18 and 3-7 in the league with the loss.
The Griffins scored the first seven points of the game and never trailed in the contest. The lead sat at 18-12 with 7:42 remaining in the first half when Westminster went on an 11-0 run that featured nine points from Nicole Yazzie. The Griffins closed the half with the final six points and led 40-20 at intermission by shooting 46.5 percent from the floor.
The second half opened with a 9-2 run to cap a 15-2 span over the two halves. LCSC only managed on instance of back-to-back baskets in the second half as the Griffins cruised to the win. This is the 11th time in the previous 12 games that the Griffins have held an opponent to less than 50 points.
Westminster finished at 44.8 percent from the floor with seven treys. The Griffins made 16-of-18 from the foul line (88.9 percent) and had a 26-10 advantage in points in the paint. They grabbed 39 rebounds to just 26 from LCSC and turned 16 offensive rebounds into 23 second chance points. Westminster limited the Warriors to 31.8 percent shooting and scored 23 points from 23 forced turnovers.
Yazzie led all scorers with 21 points for the second time this season that she reached the 20-point plateau. The senior shot 8-of-12 from the floor and made three of her five attempts from beyond the arc. She also had four assists and three rebounds. Cydney Tibbitts filled the stat sheet as she narrowly missed a triple-double. Tibbitts scored eight points with 12 rebounds, eight steals and five assists. The eight steals are tied for second-most in a game in school history.
Tia Pappas added 16 points to spark a 27-7 edge for the Griffins in bench scoring. She was 11-of-12 at the foul line and had five rebounds, four assists and two steals. Allie Eastman recorded 10 points, three assists and three steals.
Tanis Fuller led LCSC with nine points and eight rebounds while adding two assists and one blocked shot. Annie Kane and Ornela Bacchini scored eight points apiece.
Westminster will now take to the road for three weeks. The Griffins begin the trip on Feb. 9 when they travel to Dillon, Mont., to face Montana Western at 5:30 p.m.