SALT LAKE CITY – The fifth-ranked Westminster College women’s basketball team dropped a 73-62 decision to The Master’s (Calif.) on Thursday evening in the Behnken Field House in the season opener for each team.
Westminster (0-1) couldn’t find any rhythm shooting the ball as the women's team finished at 29.2 percent from the field for the game. The Griffins were able to hang around in the game behind nine made threes, but they shot just 25.7 percent from beyond the arc. The Griffins took care of the ball with 14 assists and just seven turnovers.
On the defensive end, the Griffins allowed Master’s (1-0) to shoot 50 percent from the floor and 42.9 percent from beyond the arc. Westminster created eight turnovers and scored nine points from them. Master’s had a 36-14 advantage in the paint, but the Griffins turned 17 offensive rebounds into 17 second chance points.
Nicole Yazzie led three Griffins in double figures with 16 points. The senior struggled shooting the ball at 5-of-14 from the field and was 2-for-9 from deep. Yazzie added six assists, three rebounds and one steal in the game. Kelsi Wells recorded a double-double in her first game as a Griffin, finishing with 15 points and 11 rebounds. The junior shot 5-of-9 from the floor and 3-of-6 from on threes. Cydney Tibbitts added 10.
Whitney Best led Master’s with 18 points, six rebounds and four assists. Theresa Brown added 16 points and Lena Rivera scored 10 points.
Westminster will continue its season-opening three-game home stand on Friday when the team hosts No. 12 Biola (Calif.) at 6 p.m. in the Behnken Field House.