SANTA BARBARA, Calif. – The fifth-ranked Westminster College women’s basketball team claimed its third straight victory with a 60-40 defeat of San Diego Christian (Calif.) on Friday afternoon at the GSAC Challenge.
With the win, Westminster is now 11-2 overall this season and are 8-1 in games played away from the Behnken Field house. San Diego Christian falls to 7-7 overall with the loss.
Westminster jumped out to an early 22-11 lead behind three triples and 12 points from Nicole Yazzie. She scored all 10 points during a 10-2 Griffins run and finished the half with 15 points. Westminster led 33-19 at the intermission after a Tia Pappas offensive rebound and put back. Kelsi Wells scored seven first half points and Cydney Tibbitts grabbed seven rebounds.
After a slow start to begin the second half, Westminster put together a 9-0 run behind five points from Pappas to push the advantage to 42-23 with 11:45 remaining. Pappas led the Griffins in the second half and she scored 13 points after the break, including stretch of six straight to put the game out of reach for the Hawks.
Westminster shot 44.9 percent from the field for the game and went 47.6 percent in the second half. The Griffins made six treys and were a perfect 10-of-10 at the foul line. The Griffins out-rebounded the Hawks 33-27 and scored 13 points from 13 offensive rebounds. They held SDCC to 30.5 percent shooting in the game and forced 16 turnovers.
Yazzie led all scorers with those 15 first half points. She shot 6-of-9 from the field and 3-of-5 from beyond the arc. Pappas finished with 15 points for her third straight game in double figures to mark the longest streak of her career. Pappas also grabbed six rebounds and four steals. Allie Eastman and Wells scored seven points apiece with Amy Krommenhoek adding six off the bench.
Brittany Daniel led SDCC with nine points and 3-of-6 shooting with two assists and one steal. Alexa Davison and Hannah Miller scored five points apiece off the bench.
The Griffins will complete the trip to Santa Barbara on Saturday when they face No. 4 Westmont (Calif.) in the final game of the GSAC Challenge. The action will tip at 6:30 p.m. from Murchison Gymnasium.