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Bob McLellan, Shooting Star
Denise Gonzalez (center) dribbles behind a defender on her way to the basket.

The Westminster women's basketball team defeated the Regis Rangers (7-8, 6-4 RMAC), 71-63. The Griffins have scored 70 points in four games, all during conference play, and are undefeated when scoring 70 or more points. The team improves to 7-7 overall and 6-4 in the Rocky Mountain Athletic Conference.

Westminster started the game on fire, shooting 71.4 percent from the field and outscoring its opponents, 21-12. The game was close for the opening few minutes. The Griffins made a 17-6 run to close out the half, outscoring Regis, 20-6, in the paint.

The second period was much tighter as Regis opened the period going on an 11-1 run and seizing the lead for a small moment. Westminster settled in and responded with a 10-2 run, finishing the half with a seven-point lead, 32-25.

The Rangers shot 69.2 percent from the field and got back into the game in the third quarter, despite Westminster shooting 63.6 percent from the field.

Hunter Krebs scored seven-consecutive points early in the fourth quarter to give the home side an eight-point lead. The Griffins shot from the free-throw line 17 times, 14 times in the final minute. Denise Gonzalez shot 11 of those free throws and made nine, as Westminster finished the game with a win, 71-63.

The team was 77.3 from the charity stripe, 33.3 from 3-point range and marked a season game high shooting 57.8 percent from the field.

Gonzalez scored 21 points to lead the Griffins, had eight assists and six rebounds.

Krebs scored 19 points and was perfect from the free-throw line on five attempts.

Sydnee Taylor was perfect, going 5-for-5 from the field and 1-for-1 from beyond the arc, scoring 11 points.

The Griffins play Chadron State on Saturday at 5:30 p.m. Tickets will be available online and at the door prior to the game. You can follow the game through live stats online or watch the game on the RMAC Network.

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.