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Westminster basketball: women’s team releases 2014-15 schedule

By Josh Fisher

For the Deseret News

Published: Friday, Aug. 29 2014 5:54 p.m. MDT

Coming off a second-straight trip to the quarterfinals of the NAIA National Championships, the Westminster women’s basketball team released its schedule on Friday for the upcoming 2014-15 campaign. Head coach Shelley Jarrard has compiled a schedule that features 11 homes games and features seven teams that appeared in the NAIA National Championships last season.

The Griffins open the year on Nov. 1, when the face Brigham Young University in an exhibition game in Provo, Utah. The first regular game of the season hits on Nov. 7 against The Master’s. That is followed with a game against College of Idaho on Nov. 8, in the final game of the Westminster Tipoff Classic.

Westminster remains home the following weekend as it hosts the annual Westminster Fall Classic. The Griffins begin the event against Concordia on Nov. 14, before a matchup with Arizona Christian on Nov. 15. That will be the Griffins final home game until conference play begins in January.

A trip to California faces the Griffins the following week with games at Hope International on Nov. 21, before facing Biola on Nov. 22. Westminster then spends Thanksgiving weekend in Caldwell, Idaho, for games against College of Idaho on Nov. 28 and Eastern Oregon on Nov. 29.

After playing exhibition games at Utah State on Dec. 6 and Southern Utah on Dec. 16, the Griffins head to Las Vegas for three games against teams that all played in the NAIA National Championships last season. They open with another contest against Hope International on Dec. 18, before facing Campbellsville on Dec. 19 and Vanguard on Dec. 20.

Frontier Conference play opens Jan. 8, when Carroll comes to the Behnken Field House. Rocky Mountain makes the trip to Salt Lake City for a contest on Jan. 10. The Griffins then spend two weeks on the road with games at Montana Western on Jan. 17, and then at Great Falls on Jan. 23 and Montana State-Northern on Jan. 24.

Westminster plays five of its next seven games at home, starting with Montana Tech on Jan. 29 and Lewis-Clark State on Jan. 31. After visiting Rocky Mountain on Feb. 5 and Carroll on Feb. 7, the Griffins welcome Montana Western to town on Feb. 14. The home portion of the regular season concludes with games against Great Falls on Feb. 19 and Montana State-Northern on Feb. 21 for Senior Day.

The Griffins complete the regular season by visiting Lewis-Clark State on Feb. 26 and Montana Tech on Feb. 28.

The Frontier Conference Tournament will again feature the top six teams in the final standings and begin with the quarterfinals on March 3, at the site of the No. 3 and 4 seeds. The top two seeds will host semifinal games on March 6, with the title game slated for March 9.

The NAIA National Championships move to Independence, Missouri, in 2015 and will take place from March 18-24 at the Independence Events Center.

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