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Westminster basketball: No. 4 Griffin women play twice on the road this week

Lancee Whetman (right) posts up under the basket. Whetman and the No. 4 Westminster women's basketball team play two Frontier Conference road games this weekend.
Lancee Whetman (right) posts up under the basket. Whetman and the No. 4 Westminster women's basketball team play two Frontier Conference road games this weekend.
Bob McLellan

The No. 4 Westminster women’s basketball team spends the weekend in Montana for a pair of Frontier Conference games to begin the second half of the league season. Westminster begins the trip on Thursday at Rocky Mountain in the Fortin Center. The trip concludes on Saturday at No. 17 Carroll from the Carroll P.E. Center. Both games begin at 5:30 p.m. MT.

Both games of the trip will be shown live on the web through each school’s athletic YouTube channel. There will also be live stats available for the game at Carroll. Links for all live features can be found on Westminster's website.

Westminster begins the week at 16-2 overall and atop the Frontier Conference with a 6-1 mark in league games. The Griffins have won six straight overall and 13 consecutive road games. The Griffins have defeated 31 straight unranked opponents overall and won six straight road games over ranked opponents. They are 14-0 this season when leading at halftime and 13-0 when scoring at least 60 points.

The Griffins average 65.78 points per game on the year and have scored at least 70 points in a game five times on the year. The team shoots 44.6 percent from the field to rank ninth in the NAIA and sits third in the country by making 37.5 percent from beyond the arc. The Griffins make 7.44 treys per game — 13th in the NAIA — while posting 16.11 assists per game, which ranks 13th nationally.

Westminster leads the country in scoring defense by holding the opposition to 47.72 points per game. The Griffins have held 12 opponents to less than 50 points during the year, including four of the last five, while placing seventh in the NAIA by holding the opposition to 34.1 percent shooting. The Griffins force 15.83 turnovers per game with an average of 8.06 steals per contest.

Tia Pappas has scored a team-high 255 points on the season, and she is averaging 14.17 points per game. She also leads the NAIA by shooting 50.8 percent from beyond the arc with 30 made threes. Amy Krommenhoek has scored 223 points (12.39 per game), and she leads the team with 102 assists and 40 steals. Amanda Hacking has a team-best 136 rebounds, and Mika Pinner leads the way with 17 blocked shots.

Westminster ran its winning streak to six straight by sweeping Montana Tech and then-No. 18 Lewis-Clark State in a pair of home games last week. Krommenhoek scored 19 points in the 60-44 win against Montana Tech. The team then made 14 threes and set a school record by shooting 66.7 percent from three in an 89-40 decision against Lewis-Clark State. Five players scored in double figures in the win, and the Griffins shot a season-high 61.4 percent from the field.