Bob McLellan, Shooting Star
Olivia Eliss (right) grabs a rebound over her opponent.

Westminster’s women’s basketball team (9-2, 7-0 RMAC) defeated the UCCS Mountain Lions (5-8, 4-3 RMAC) to remain undefeated in conference play.

The Griffins shot 59.3 percent from the field, making 16-of-27 field goals and 3-of-5 3-pointers, and 100 percent from the charity stripe, going 8-of-8 from the line. An 8-2 run, in the middle of the first quarter, increased Westminster’s lead to 13. At the end of the quarter, Westminster led 29-17.

UCCS began the second quarter with 10 unanswered points and cut Westminster’s lead to two. The Griffins answered with a 10-0 run of their own and outscored the home side, 12-2, regaining a 12-point lead.

The Griffins managed the third and fourth quarters for the win over the Mountain Lions, 75-60.

Westminster finished the night shooting 49.1 percent from the field, making 26-of-53 and 4-of-13 from beyond the arc, and a season-high 90.5 percent from the charity stripe, making 19-of-21 from the line.

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Denise Gonzalez led the Griffins with 27 points and went 9-for-10 from the free-throw line. Olivia Eliss scored 18 points and pulled down 11 rebounds for a double-double. Hunter Krebs scored 12 points.

"I am very proud of our fight on this road swing,” head coach Shelley Jarrard said. “Both Mines and UCCS are smart and well-coached.

“We were able to come out strong after a very physical and long-minute game for our starters the night before.”

The Griffins next play host to Chadron State and MSU Denver on Friday and Saturday next week.