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Women’s basketball ends regular season with loss in RMAC final

Women’s basketball ends regular season with loss in RMAC final
Westminster College junior Mariah Martin looks for an opportunity during the Griffins’ championship game March 7. Westminster fell to Colorado Mesa for the second year in a row. (Photo courtesy Eric Stephens)

The Westminster College women’s basketball team ended its regular season Saturday night after losing to Colorado Mesa in the Rocky Mountain Athletic Conference championship game.

It was the second year in a row the two teams faced each other in the final round. Colorado Mesa defended its title, defeating the Griffins with a final score of 60-48.

Despite the loss, junior Sarah McGinley  and junior Mariah Martin were named to the All-Tournament Team. Martín scored 32 points, shooting 13-18 from the field, and recording seven assists in the semi-final and final. McGinley scored 24 points, shooting 9-21 from the field, and grabbing 15 rebounds in the semi-final and final.

Westminster started the second quarter with a one-point lead, 14-13, and quickly increased it to eight within a couple of minutes. Colorado Mesa responded and closed the half on a 19-4 run for a seven-point lead, 32-25.

Martin scored seven third-quarter points as the Griffins outscored the Mavericks, 16-6, to take a three-point lead into the fourth.

Mesa regained the lead to start the fourth quarter and took control as the Griffins suffered an offensive slump, shooting 2-11 from the field, and were unable to recover.

Martin and McGinley both scored double-digits in tonight’s game. Martin led the team with 17 points and McGinley scored 11.

Kaitlin Toluono led the team with eight rebounds, McGinley grabbed seven and Hunter Krebs grabbed seven.

The Griffins finished the season with an RMAC record of 17-5 and an overall record of 24-7.

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 junior communication major with a minor in sociology. Cami got her start as a reporter for the City Journals and spent two separate semesters interning at KSL NewsRadio and KUER 90.1 NPR Utah. She now works as a digital content producer for KSL NewsRadio and hopes to one day report on national politics. Cami is excited to bring her skills to The Forum for a second year on staff.

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