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Women’s basketball advances to semi-finals

Westminster College junior Mariah Martin plays in the Behnken Field House. The women’s basketball team defeated South Dakota School of Mines and Techonology March 3, advancing to the semi-finals in the RMAC championships. (Photo courtesy Justin Green)

The Westminster College women’s basketball team defeated South Dakota School of Mines and Technology Wednesday night, ending with a final score of 76-70. The Griffins will advance to the semi-finals round against Dixie State Friday.

Holding a 14-point lead at halftime, the team held off a second-half surge to advance to the second round of the RMAC Tournament.

Trailing 8-6 in the first quarter, Westminster ended the period to take a 24-12 lead. Junior Hunter Krebs scored nine points in the quarter and junior Sarah McGinley added seven.

The lead grew as large as 21 points during the second quarter, but the Hardrockers cut the deficit to 14 points at halftime.  

South Dakota Mines outscored Westminster 24-12 in the third quarter to pull within two to start the final quarter. The Hardrockers then took a three-point lead two minutes into the final period.

Down 60-57, the Griffins responded to regain control and take an eight-point lead with three minutes left.

Westminster’s defense held the RMAC’s second-leading scorer, South Dakota’s Ryan Weiss, to just 10 points throughout the game.

The Griffins will travel to Grand Junction, Coloradao, to compete in the semi-finals against Dixie State University — who the team defeated Saturday in its last regular-season game to advance to the quarter-finals.

With a victory, the Griffins would advance to the championship game against the winner of no. 4 seed Colorado School of Mines and no. 1 seed Colorado Mesa. The championship game is set for Saturday, March 7, at 6 p.m.

Sports coverage by The Forum is created in part through a partnership with the Westminster College Athletics Program.

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Cami Mondeaux
Cami Mondeaux is a senior communication major with a minor in sociology. Passionate about journalism, Cami has worked in the field for three years – completing internships at KSL NewsRadio, KUER 90.1 NPR Utah and The Washington Diplomat in Washington, D.C. She now covers breaking news for KSL NewsRadio with a focus on the 2020 election. Cami is excited to bring her skills to The Forum for her second year as editor-in-chief.

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