Remi Wientjes scored 14 points to help lead the Black Hills State University women's basketball team to its fourth consecutive win with a 58-38 victory over Westminster College on Thursday night at the Young Center.
At the end of the first quarter, the Yellow Jackets led 15-9 after the Griffins cut into a 10-point lead. Within the first 30 seconds of the second quarter, Westminster cut the lead down to four with Haddi Williams hitting a shot from the top of the key.
From there, BHSU went on an 11-0 run to take the lead up to 15 points, only to see the Griffins battle back with an 11-0 run in the final four and a half minutes of the quarter to trail 26-22 at the half.
After the intermission, the Yellow Jackets started to find their momentum pushing their lead to 11 before taking a 43-31 lead into the fourth quarter.
In the fourth, Black Hills State ran away with it, outscoring Westminster 15-7 for the 20-point win.
Williams registered a double-double for the Griffins, scoring a team-high 17 points, leading all scorers, while grabbing 10 rebounds.
Rachel Erickson and Lyndzi Rich chipped in with eight points apiece for the Yellow Jackets.
Hannah Cass dominated the boards for BHSU, grabbing a career and season-high nine rebounds, seven of them defensively.
The Yellow Jacket defense shut down RMAC Player of the Week, Denise Gonzalez, holding her to a season-low four points.
The Yellow Jackets improve their record to 15-4 overall and 9-4 in the Rocky Mountain Athletic Conference, while the Griffins fall to 8-8 overall and 7-5 in RMAC play.
Black Hills State embarks on a five-game road trip starting in Grand Junction, Colo., at Colorado Mesa University Jan. 26.
Griffins stop Yellow Jackets
The Black Hills State University men's basketball team was outlasted by Westminster 66-58 on Thursday evening.
Fraser Malcolm had 15 points and eight rebounds to lead the Yellow Jackets (11-6, 8-5 RMAC). Stefan Desnica scored a career-high 14 points, and Makaleb McInnis chipped in 11 points.
Desnica was 6-for-8 from the floor in the game, including going 2-for-4 from beyond the arc.
The first half was close most of the way with the Yellow Jackets leading 15-10 with 8:16 left.
Westminster outscored BHSU 15-3 over the next six minutes to take a 25-18 lead with 1:42 to go in the period.
Three-pointers by McInnis and Malcolm in the final minute of the first half cut the deficit to just three as the Griffins led 27-24 at the break.
Although the early part of the second half was close, Dayon Goodman kicked off a 9-0 run for Westminster.
The Griffins pushed its lead out to as many as 16 points in the second half and held on for the win.
Goodman led the way for Westminster with 20 points and 10 rebounds.
Black Hills State will hit the road to take on Colorado Mesa next Friday.