SALT LAKE CITY — The Westminster College women's basketball team lost its conference home opener Friday to CSU-Pueblo, 63-53. The ThunderWolves are undefeated, 4-0, in the Rocky Mountain Athletic Conference.
Pueblo scored 17 points in the first and second quarters to lead at halftime, 34-25. The game was tied, 7-7, with 5:29 left in the first quarter. The Griffins only scored four points the rest of the quarter and the ThunderWolves scored 10 to build a seven-point lead.
The teams traded baskets in the second quarter. The Griffins were the only team able to score consecutive baskets in the second quarter, scoring two consecutive baskets one time. Pueblo increased its lead by two points from the first quarter.
The Griffins won the third quarter, 15-12. Hunter Krebs acounted for seven points, Denise Gonzalez had four, Kaylee Carlsen hit a three and Sydnee Taylor scored a free throw.
With 26 seconds remaining, Pueblo held its largest lead of 13 points for the second time in the fourth quarter. Taylor scored the final points of the game, with a layup and two free throws, reducing the Pueblo lead to 10 and posting a final score of 63-53.
Westminster finished the game shooting 35.2 percent from the field, 18.8 percent from the 3-point arc and 75 percent from 16 attempts at the free-throw line. The ThunderWolves shot 44.2 percent, 30.8 percent and 81.3 percent.
Gonzalez led the Griffins with 21 points, five assists and four steals. Taylor scored 10 points and had five rebounds. Krebs scored nine points and led the team with seven rebounds.
The Griffins return to Behnken Field House on Saturday night for a conference game against the New Mexico Highlands. The game is scheduled to tip off at 5:30 p.m. Tickets are available for purchase online or at the door before the game. Live stats of the game will be available online.
Eric Stephens is the director of athletic communications and events for Westminster College in Salt Lake City, Utah. Westminster is a provisional member of the Rocky Mountain Athletic Conference at the NCAA Division II level.