Westminster honored its seniors and completed a sweep of its competition with a win over Colorado Mesa. The Griffins are 11-6 in Rocky Mountain Athletic Conference competition and 12-9 overall.
The Griffins performed well and put on a show for the fans that gathered to see their final home game of the season. The game was tied once, at 0-0, for 1:04. Hunter Krebs followed up two free throws with a 3-pointer to give the Griffins a five-point lead. Westminster held on to that lead until the final horn.
The first half was a 3-point shooting bonanza. Westminster made 8-of-11, 72.7 percent from downtown, while Colorado Mesa made 5-of-13. Hunter Krebs made 3-of-3, Kaylee Carlsen made 3-of-3 and Denise Gonzalez made 2-of-2. Krebs and Gonzalez were also perfect from the free-throw line and combined for 29 of the Griffins’ 42 points.
With 4:03 left in the third quarter, the Mavericks had reduced the Griffin lead to three and looked poised to steal the lead for the first time. Carlsen drained a three and started a 21-4 run that put Westminster in the lead by 20 points with 4:39 remaining. Krebs scored 10 points, Carlsen scored five and Gonzalez contributed five during the run.
Westminster lost its opening conference game to Mesa, 83-52. Saturday's win, 75-56, shows how much the team has improved and learned since then.
Westminster was on fire, making 27-of-54 from the field, 19-of-17 from beyond the arc and 11-of=12 from the charity stripe.
Krebs, Gonzalez and Carlsen each scored in double digits. Gonzalez finished with 29 points and was perfect from the line and beyond the arc. Krebs scored 25 points and was 3-of-3 from 3-point range and 6-of-6 from the line. Karlsen scored 14 points and was 2-of-2 from the line and 4-of-5 from the three.
Krebs gathered nine rebounds. Sicilee Williams and Taylor each pulled down seven boards. Gonzalez had five rebounds and three steals.
Westminster finishes the year with a five-game road trip, beginning with New Mexico Highlands on Thursday and CSU-Pueblo on Saturday. Both games will be broadcast on the RMAC Network and available through 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.