Bob McLellan
Rashel Blazzard dribbles the ball. Blazzard and the No. 4 Westminster women's basketball team open conference play with games against Carroll and Rocky Mountain this week in the Behnken Field House.

The No. 4 Westminster women’s basketball team returns to action this week as it opens up Frontier Conference play with a pair of home games. The Griffins first game since Dec. 20 comes Thursday against No. 24 Carrol College, and the Griffins then welcome Rocky Mountain College to the Behnken Field House on Saturday. Both games begin at 5:30 p.m. MT.

Both games this week will be carried live on Griffins TV with Mike Lageschulte (play-by-play) and Lance Barton (analyst) calling the action. Griffins TV is available online and on mobile devices and Roku players through the Livestream app. There will also be live stats available for all the games with links for all the live features available on the Westminster athletics website.

Westminster finished the non-conference season at 10-1 and set a school record by opening the season with nine straight wins. The Griffins are No. 4 in the NAIA Coaches’ Poll that was released Tuesday and were picked by the Frontier coaches as the favorite to win the league this season. Three of their 10 wins this season have come against teams ranked in the top 25 at the time of the game.

The Griffins are scoring 66.36 points per game on the season and that improves to 72.25 in home games. They rank seventh in the NAIA by shooting 45.4 percent from the field and 37.7 percent from beyond the arc. The team is averaging 7.36 threes per game and recording 16.64 assists per night to rank 14th in the country. The Griffins are fifth nationally with a 1.28 assist-to-turnover ratio.

Westminster is second in the country by holding the opposition to 47.64 points per game while sitting 11th by limiting opponents to 34.3 percent shooting. The Griffins have held seven opponents to less than 50 points this season and two less than 40. They allow just 29.82 rebounds per game while forcing 16.55 turnovers per outing by getting 8.0 steals per night.

Tia Pappas leads four Griffins that average in double figures at 13.18 points per game. Amy Krommenhoek scores 12.5 per night while leading the team with 66 assists and 29 steals. Alli Winters scores 10.2 per game, and Amanda Hacking gets 10 points and a team-best 8.2 rebounds per contest.

Westminster finished 2-1 at the Frontier Conference Las Vegas Shootout on Dec. 18-20. The Griffins picked up wins over Hope International and then-No. 3 Vanguard while falling to then-No. 5 Campbellsville. Pappas had a double-double of 15 points and 11 rebounds against Hope International, and Hacking went for 20 and 11 against Vanguard.