BY: CON MARSHALL
The Westminster Griffins shot 58 percent from the field Saturday night while posting an 83-57 victory over Chadron State in a Rocky Mountain Athletic Conference women’s basketball game played in Salt Lake City.
The hot shooting was led by 6-foot-1 graduate student Lyndzi Rich, who connected on 13 of her 18 field goal attempts while pouring in 29 points. In addition, sophomore forward Jaycee Lichtie was six-of-nine from the field while scoring 15 points and senior guard Ashley Greenwood was five-of-six on her field goal shots and finished with 13 points. Greenwood also was the game’s top rebounder with 11.
Chadron State’s top scorer was redshirt freshman Claudia Dollinger, who totaled 16 points, half of them from the field on four-of-eight shooting and the other half by making eight of 13 free throws. Dollinger’s previous season high was 12 points.
Dollinger also was the Eagles’ top rebounder with seven, all of them off the offensive glass. CSC’s only other double-digit scorer was Samiyah Worrell with 11 points.
Also for CSC, point guard Kyra Tanabe added nine points and handed out a game-high six assists while playing 38 minutes.
Westminster led by just 36-29 at halftime, but was eight-of-10 from the field and also made seven of eight free throws while scoring 24 points in the third quarter and going ahead 60-47. The hosts then outscored the Eagles 23-10 in the fourth frame to wrap up the victory.
Chadron State shot 27.5% from the field for the game. Each team made four 3-pointers and 15 free throws.
Westminster is now 9-6 overall and 7-2 in the RMAC. The Eagles are 2-13 and 2-7.
Both Chadron State teams will be home this weekend to host Fort Lewis and Adams State.