The Westminster women's basketball team bounced back from its loss to Colorado Mesa on Thursday, beating Western State by 20 points. The Griffins controlled the game against the Mountaineers, leading for 37 minutes. Westminster is 2-5 overall and 1-1 in the Rocky Mountain Athletic Conference.
Each of the starters scored at the beginning of the game as the Griffins went on a 20-to-6 run, building a lead that would last for the rest of the game. The lead teeter-tottered between five and 10 until the end of the first half, with Westminster leading 39-30 at the end of the half.
Denise Gonzalez scored the first six points of the second half, putting the Griffins strongly in control with a double-digit lead. Westminster continued to dominate, shooting 51.9 percent from the field and gradually increasing its lead over the Mountaineers, finishing the game with a 70-50 win.
Westminster outshot Western State 54.4 percent to 37.3 percent. Four Griffins scored in double digits. Gonzalez scored 15 points to lead the team, Sydnee Taylor and Sicilee Williams each scored 12 points and Kaylee Carlsen scored 11 points. Hunter Krebs scored eight, Max Shelley had seven, Haddi Williams scored three and Hilary Weixler had two.
Westminster pulled down 35 rebounds, 25 defensive and 10 offensive. Krebs collected seven rebounds to lead the team.
The women's basketball team has played eight games on the road to start the season. Next week will be its first home game of the season against CSU-Pueblo on Friday and New Mexico Highlands on Saturday. The games are scheduled to tip off at 5:30 p.m. in the Behnken Fieldhouse. The games will be broadcast on the RMAC Network and be available on live stats.
Eric Stephens is the director of athletic communications and events for Westminster College in Salt Lake City. Westminster is a provisional member of the Rocky Mountain Athletic Conference at the NCAA Division II level.