The Westminster women’s basketball team came back to defeat the Fort Lewis Skyhawks, 64-58. The Griffins won seven of their last eight games to finish 15-7 in the RMAC and 16-10 overall.
Fort Lewis scored the first four points of the game, and then Westminster scored six straight to take a two-point lead. Fort Lewis’s Jordan Carter made two baskets to take the lead back, and Hannah Anderl tied it with 4:28 remaining in the quarter. Sicilee Williams drained a three, putting Westminster up by three to end the quarter.
Westminster scored to start the second quarter, and then went scoreless for four minutes as the Skyhawks went on a 15-0 run. Sydnee Taylor got the team going again as she was fouled on a shot for a three-point play. Hillary Weixler pulled down an offensive board and put it back up for two. Kaylee Carlsen got hot at the end of the half, scoring eight points in an 8-2 run.
Taylor, Carlsen and Gonzalez combined for 14 points in the third quarter. An 8-2 Griffin run tied the game, 40-40, to end the third quarter.
The home side scored eight-consecutive points and jumped out to a 10-point lead. Westminster fell behind by 12 points with 5:42 remaining. The Griffins scored two baskets and Fort Lewis followed up with one, keeping the lead at 10. The Griffins made a 16-0 run, in the final four minutes, for the comeback win, 64-58.
“I can’t say enough about our defense at the end of the game,” head coach Shelley Jarrard said. “Kaylee got our scoring going at the end of the first half, and Sydnee played hard. I’m very proud of her and how she finished her senior year.
“Great growth by our team from start to finish this season.”
Karlsen scored 17 points to lead the team, shooting 6-of-10 from the field and perfect from beyond the arc with two and from the free-throw line with three.
Taylor made 6-of-10 from the field and was 1-for-1 from the free-throw line for 13 points. Krebs scored 12 points, making 8-of-9 from the charity stripe.
Three Griffins grabbed six rebounds each and two grabbed five each. Williams, Gonzalez and Krebs pulled down six, and Carlsen and Taylor each collected five.
Westminster finishes fifth in the conference, four spots better than the team was picked in the preseason coaches poll. The program is in its third provisional year of the NCAA II membership process, transitioning from NAIA, and is not eligible for the RMAC or NCAA tournaments.
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.