Junior guard Denise Gonzalez scored a career-high 27 points and also grabbed nine rebounds, handed out nine assists and came up with four steals while leading the Westminster Griffins to a 70-53 victory over Chadron State in a Rocky Mountain Athletic Conference basketball game in Salt Lake City on Saturday night.
Gonzalez did much of her damage in the second half, when the Griffins overcame Chadron State’s 33-32 halftime lead and outscored the Eagles by a 38-20 margin. She tallied 16 points and had six rebounds and six assists and a pair of steals during the final 20 minutes.
Both teams had problems in the first quarter, which ended in a 10-10 deadlock. The Eagles missed seven of their first eight field goal shots and the Griffins missed their final nine of the period.
With senior Kalli Feddersen tallying nine of her team-high 17 points in the second quarter, Chadron State owned a 31-23 lead with 2:06 left before halftime. However, the Griffins knocked down a pair of 3-pointers and added an old-fashioned 3-point play before time ran out to trim the margin to a single point at intermission.
Westminster took charge in the third period by outscoring the Eagles 19-6. The Griffins sank half of their 18 field goal shots and Chadron State was only three of 14 during the frame.
Eight consecutive free throws helped Westminster widen its margin in the game’s final 63 seconds.
Westminster’s only double-figure scorer besides Gonzalez was 6-foot freshman Hunter Krebs with 12.
Feddersen grabbed seven rebounds and had six assists to go with her 17 points to pace the Eagles.
Freshman Brooke Turek added 10 points and grabbed eight rebounds. The Eagles also got eight points from center Savannah Weidauer and nine rebounds from McKenna McClintic after all three came off the bench.
Led by Gonzalez, Westminster’s starters outscored the Eagles’ opening five by a 53-24 margin. CSC alternates outscored the Griffins’ players off the bench by 29-17.
Westminster is now 8-7 overall and 7-4 in the RMAC. The Eagles fall to 3-14 and 1-10. They’ll be at home this coming weekend to host Adams State and Fort Lewis.
Chadron State—Kalli Feddersen 17, Brooke Turek 10, Savannah Weidauer 8, Taryn Foxen 7, McKenna McClintic 4, Kendra Baucom 4, Jessica Harvey 3. Totals—21-61 (3-9) 8-12 53 points, 39 rebounds, 15 turnovers.
Westminster—Denise Gonzalez 27, Hunter Krebs 12, Karlee Carlsen 8, Sydnee Taylor 7, Sicilee Williams 7, Hillary Weixler 4, Elsie Carpenter 3, Max Shelley 2. Totals—27-62 (4-14) 12-15 70 points, 41 rebounds, 10 turnovers.
Chadron State 10 23 6 14 ----53
Westminster 10 22 19 19 ----70
3-pointers: CSC—Feddersen, Foxen, Harvey, all 1. West.—Carlsen 2, Gonzalez 1, Williams 1.