The third-ranked Westminster College women’s basketball team moved into a first-place tie in the Frontier Conference with an 87-41 win over Rocky Mountain (Mont.) on Thursday night in the Behnken Field House.
Westminster is now 13-2 overall this season and tied with Saturday’s opponent, No. 14 Lewis-Clark State (Idaho), at 7-0 in conference play. Rocky Mountain drops to 7-10 overall and 0-8 in the league.
The Griffins took control of Thursday’s game early with a 15-0 lead in the first five minutes of action. Kelsi Wells scored six points during the run with Tia Pappas adding five. The team forced three Rocky turnovers and only allowed one field goal attempt during the stretch.
Leading 50-19 at intermission, the Griffins opened the second half with 10 straight points to cap a run of 18 straight points. Alli Blake and Amy Krommenhoek scored six points apiece during the 7:45 that came off the clock, and the Griffins held Rocky to 0-of-10 shooting and three turnovers.
Westminster finished the game shooting 54.8 percent from the field with 38 points in the paint. The NAIA’s leading 3-point shooting team made 7-of-13 from beyond the arc, including 6-of-10 in the first half. The Griffins had a 42-25 edge in the glass with 14 offensive rebounds for 21 second chance points. They distributed 23 assists while only committing 13 turnovers.
On the defensive end, Westminster limited Rocky to 31.4 percent shooting and just 4-of-20 from three. The Griffins forced the visitors into 20 turnovers, which they scored 26 points from. The Griffins notched a season-high tying 13 steals.
Krommenhoek led four Griffins in double figures with 16 points off the bench. The junior was 5-of-6 from the floor, and she made four of her five attempts from three. Pappas added 14 points, four rebounds and five steals – a season-high by any Griffin this season. Blake finished with 12 points, and Katie Richens added 11.
Allie Seauvageau led Rocky with 12 points in 16 minutes off the bench. She was 5-of-8 shooting and went 2-of-3 from beyond the arc.
This win gives the Griffins a six-game winning streak heading into Saturday’s showdown with Lewis-Clark State. The game has been picked as the NAIA Game of the Week by the national office, and it will tip at 5:30 p.m. MST from the Behnken Field House.