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Westminster basketball: four in double figures as Griffins win Frontier opener

DILLON, Mont. – The fifth-ranked Westminster College women’s basketball team opened Frontier Conference play with a 68-55 win at Montana Western on Saturday afternoon.

Westminster (5-1, 1-0 Frontier) had four players score in double figures as it turned a three point halftime advantage into a 13 point victory. The Griffins shot 44.4 percent from the field, including 52.4 percent in the second half where they outscored Montana Western (5-3, 0-1), 38-28.

Alli Winters led the Griffins with a career-high 20 points on a night when she made 6-of-8 from beyond the arc. Those six threes are the most by a Griffin in a game since 2011. The junior added three rebounds and two assists in the game. Alli Blake finished with 15 points, a season high, with five rebounds, two assists and two steals.

As a team, Westminster made nine of the 22 attempts it had from the three. The Griffins had a 34-31 edge on the boards and used six steals to help force 11 turnovers which they converted into nine points.

Westminster’s Shelby Ellsworth and Tia Pappas scored 10 points apiece with Ellsworth grabbing nine rebounds and Pappas getting five boards.

Montana Western got 15 points from McCall Hasquet and 10 points and seven rebounds from Sammi Bignell.

The Griffins are back in action on Dec. 14, when they travel to College of Idaho for a 2 p.m. MST tipoff in Caldwell, Idaho.