Westminster women's basketball had its first game of the 2017 season, an exhibition against the Aggies of Utah State. The Griffins had the lead at the end of the first half, 35-33, but they were unable to get the win as the Aggies bounced back to win 72-55.
The first half of play between the Griffins and the Aggies was very close. The game was so close that the lead changed nine times in the half.
The Griffins enjoyed the largest lead of the half, leading by six points with 4:27 left in the second quarter. The Griffins outscored the Aggies in the first quarter, 20-17, shooting 22-of-55 and 43.8 percent. Shooting 3-of-4 from the 3-point line kept the Griffins close to the Aggies, who outscored the Griffins, 16-15, in the second quarter.
USU made a 16-4 run to start the third quarter and jumped to a 10-point lead, 49-39. Westminster kept USU from increasing its lead the rest of the third quarter, but it was unable to overcome that early run where USU outscored Westminster, 20-9, and finished the quarter with the lead, 53-44.
Free throws were the difference in the fourth quarter. The two teams were pretty equal on shots. The Griffins scored 5-of-14, and the Aggies scored 6-of-14. Free throws made all the difference at the end. The Aggies scored 7-of-11, and the Griffins only had 1-of-2. The Aggies won, 72-55, when the buzzer sounded.
Senior Sydnee Taylor ended the game with 20 points, shooting 9-of-17, and had nine rebounds, eight defensive and one offensive. Junior Elsie Carpenter and junior Denise Gonzalez both scored nine points. Gonzalez was 3-for-3 for 3-pointers in the first half and had six rebounds, five defensive and one offensive. Carpenter had four rebounds, three offensive and one defensive.
The Griffins travel to Irvine, California, to play the Concordia Eagles. The game is scheduled for Friday, Nov. 10, at 3 p.m. The game will be available through Concordia Universities live stats feed.
Westminster is a private, independent, and comprehensive college in Salt Lake City, Utah. The intercollegiate athletics program is a provisional member of NCAA II and the Rocky Mountain Athletic Conference (RMAC).