Bob McLellan, Shooting Star
Denise Gonzalez (center) goes up for a layup.

The Westminster women's basketball team lost its second game of Al Kaly Shrine Classic to Northern State University. The Griffins were unable to recover from a 19-point first-half deficit and lost 79-56.

The first quarter was one the Griffins will want to forget as they only scored four points from two free throws and one layup. The Griffins were better in the second quarter scoring 15 points, nine of the points off turnovers. The Griffins were 6-of-27 from the field and 5-of-6 from the line, while Northern State put up 37 points to lead at the half, 37-19.

The Griffins improved offensively in the second half and were much more competitive with the Wolves. The Griffins kept the third quarter close, scoring 13 to the Wolves' 17, and even closer in the fourth quarter, scoring 24 to the Wolves' 25. At the end of the game, Northern State prevailed over Westminster, 79-56.

The Griffins scored 17 points off the 21 Northern State turnovers. Thirteen of those turnovers were steals by the Griffins with Denise Gonzalez and Kaylee Carlsen getting four each. The team pulled down 10 offensive and 16 defensive rebounds. The team tallied 10 assists and four blocks.

Gonzalez led the Griffins in scoring with 13 points. Gonzalez shot 31.2 percent from the field, scoring two 3-pointers. She had three defensive rebounds, three assists and four steals. Krebs scored 12 points for the Griffins and shot 45.4 percent from the field with two 3-pointers. Krebs pulled down an offensive and defensive rebound.

Haddi Williams led the team in scoring off the bench with eight points and two rebounds. Carlsen added six points and tallied four assists. Carlsen pulled down three rebounds, and she had one block and four steals. Kylie Hale scored three with two steals and one assist, and Hillary Weixler scored one with four rebounds.

The Griffins play two games next week, the day before and the day after Thanksgiving. On Wednesday, the Griffins play an exhibition game against Weber State University. Tipoff is scheduled for 12 p.m. MST. On Friday, the Griffins play at Dixie State University. Tipoff is scheduled for 2 p.m.

Eric Stephens is the Director of Athletic Communication and Events for Westminster College in Salt Lake City, Utah. Westminster is a member of the Rocky Mountain Athletic Conference at the NCAA Division II level.