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Westminster basketball: women's basketball comes back in fourth quarter

Kaylee Carlsen (right) dribbles the ball up the court.
Kaylee Carlsen (right) dribbles the ball up the court.
Eric Stephens

Freshman Kaylee Carlsen came up big, scoring a career-high 26 points and leading the Griffins to victory over New Mexico Highlands. Westminster improves to 11-6 in the conference and 12-9 overall.

Carlsen made a 3-pointer to start the game and followed that up with a basket, initiating a 15-2 run. With 3:20 remaining, the Cowgirls scored their second basket of the game. The home side cut Westminster’s lead down to seven, but a Carlsen 3-pointer to end the quarter pushed it to 10.

The Cowgirls took the lead from the Griffins in the second quarter, outscoring the Griffins, 25-3. Westminster went more than seven minutes without a basket in the quarter. A basket from Sydnee Taylor and a free throw by Hanna Anderl were the Griffin’s only points.

The third quarter ended in a tie with both teams scoring 16 points and New Mexico Highlands leading by 12.

Westminster trailed by 14 points with 8:32 remaining in the game. Carlsen drained a three and started an 18-0 run to take a four-point lead with 3:23 remaining. Carlsen scored 13 points in the final quarter and was perfect from the field, making three 3-pointers, and from the free-throw line.

Westminster shot 44.2 percent from the field and made 10-of-21 from beyond the arc. The Griffins were nearly perfect from the charity stripe, shooting 11-for-12.

Carlsen finished with a career-high 26 points. She was 6-of-9 from beyond the arc, 4-for-4 from the free-throw line and 8-of-13 overall from the field. She pulled down four rebounds, had two assists and one steal.

Taylor was Westminster’s second-leading scorer with 15 points. She was 50.0 percent from the field and made 3-of-4 from 3-point range. She led the team in rebounds with seven and tallied three assists and one steal.

Denise Gonzalez had five assists, three steals and blocked one shot. She scored 11 points and pulled down six rebounds.

The next game for the Griffins is at CSU-Pueblo. The game is scheduled to tip off at 5:30 p.m., and will be broadcast on the RMAC Network and available on live stats.

Eric Stephens is the Director of Athletic Communications and Events for Westminster College in Salt Lake City, Utah. Westminster is a provisional member of the Rocky Mountain Athletic Conference at the NCAA Division II level.