Hunter Krebs, Sydnee Taylor and Kaylee Carlsen each scored double digit points against the Hardrockers. Westminster won the game, 69-65, improving to 8-8 overall and 7-4 in the Rocky Mountain Athletic Conference.
Westminster out-shot the home side, 59.2 percent to 38.1 percent, from the field. The Griffins left the door open for the Hardrockers, shooting 18.2 percent from beyond the arc and 45.0 percent from the free-throw line, going 5-of-13 in the final minute, but the home side was unable to take advantage.
Westminster held a small lead, one to three points, for most of the first quarter. South Dakota made an 11-2 run with 2:30 remaining, knocking down three 3-pointers in a row, taking a seven-point lead.
The home side continued to lead through the second quarter, leading by as many as 10 points. Westminster went on a 9-2 run in the last three minutes of the half, cutting the Hardrocker’s lead down to three, 35-32.
The Griffins went into the fourth quarter trailing by six, as very little changed on the scoreboard through the third quarter.
Taylor scored a layup that started a 13-3 run to give the Griffins the final lead of the game, 65-58. South Dakota was called for its fifth foul, putting Westminster in the bonus, with 3:45 remaining in the game. The Griffins were 5-of-14 from the free-throw line in the final minute, missing several chances to increase their lead.
Krebs was 9-of-13 from the field and scored 21 points to lead the Griffins. Carlsen and Taylor scored double-digit points, each scoring 14 points.
Denise Gonzalez led the team in rebounds, followed by Taylor with eight and Krebs with five.
"Hunter scored well and defended inside. (It was) nice to see Sydnee being aggressive to the rim and finishing," head coach Shelley Jarrard recounted. "Kaylee is finding her rhythm on offense and is solid defensively. Sicille Williams made some huge plays at the end of the first half to keep us within reach."
The Griffins return to the Behnken Fieldhouse against MSU Denver on Friday at 5:30 p.m., and University Colorado Colorado Springs on Saturday 5:30 p.m. Tickets will be available to purchase online in advance or at the door prior to the game. The games will be broadcast on the RMAC network and available to follow via live stats.
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.