WOMEN'S VOLLEYBALL: Three members of the Westminster women's volleyball team were recognized for their performance in the classroom by being named a 2009 Daktronics-NAIA Scholar Athlete. Ericka Evans, Katie McLintock, and Kelsey Schaufler were named to the list of 304 student-athletes from across the country.
This is the second consecutive year that Schaufler received this recognition. For Evans and McLintock, this was the first time they have received the honor. Nominated by each institution's head coach, a student-athlete must maintain a minimum grade point average of 3.5 on a 4.0 scale and have achieved junior academic status to qualify.
Westminster completed the 2009 season with a 9-20 overall record and finished fifth in the Frontier Conference with a 6-8 record. Junior Tahnie Blymiller was named the conference Libero of the Year and was joined on the All-Conference First Team by Evans.
WOMEN'S SOCCER: The National Association of Intercollegiate Athletics (NAIA) has announced that a total of 387 women's soccer student-athletes have been named 2009 Daktronics-NAIA Women's Soccer Scholar-Athletes.
The Westminster women's soccer team placed three players on the list. Maddie Maldonado, Elaina Pappas, and Danielle Rankin were all recognized for the performance in the classroom during the 2009 season.
This is the second straight year that Maldonado and Rankin have received this recognition. It is the first time the honor has been given to Pappas. Nominated by each institution's head coach, a student-athlete must maintain a minimum grade point average of 3.5 on a 4.0 scale and have achieved junior academic status to qualify.
The women's soccer team completed the 2009 season with a 9-10-1 overall record and advanced to the championship game of the Frontier Conference Tournament.
WOMEN'S BASKETBALL: Westminster has two exhibition games against in-state teams up next on the schedule. On Saturday, Dec. 12, the 20th-ranked Griffins face Utah at 7 p.m. in the Jon M. Huntsman Center. They also play Southern Utah on Dec. 17 in Cedar City.
Westminster has gone 9-4 to begin the season and has won five straight games — the seventh-best streak in school history — entering the week. All four losses have come against teams ranked in the top 14, including both No. 1 Union (Tenn.) and No. 2 Point Loma Nazarene (Calif.).
Westminster picked up three home wins this past weekend and set a school record with 112 points against Northern New Mexico last Thursday.
The Griffins lead the nation with 250 total assists and 126 makes from 3-point territory. They are also tops nationally with a 50.9 percent field goal percentage. The team ranks in the top 10 nationally in 11 different statistical categories through Dec. 8.
McKenzie Jessop is ranked in the top 20 in the Frontier Conference in seven different categories. She leads the country with 40 total steals and is the team's leading scorer at 12.3 points per game. Nicole Yazzie leads the conference in assists and is fifth nationally with 55 assists and 29 makes from beyond the arc.