Westminster women slow down Orediggers

Westminster College’s women’s basketball team showed why it is the No. 5 team in the NAIA Saturday night at the HPER Complex.

Eight Griffins scored as Westminster turned back Montana Tech 62-48 in a Frontier Conference game.

“On defense we didn’t do anything special at all on our scouting report,” Tech coach Kerrie DePell said. “We played a team defense. You can’t take anything away and give something because they don’t have any weaknesses. They’re just all really good.”

Senior forward Cydney Tibbitts scored 12 points to lead the Griffins. Senior guard Nicole Yazzie tossed in 11.

Westminster also got nine points from Kelsi Wells and Tia Pappas. Brooke Blonquist scored eight, and Allie Eastman scored seven.

Mandy Machinal’s 20 points paced the Orediggers in the loss. Kelsey DeWit scored eight, while Laini Kalumbi tossed in seven, Dannii Devenny scored six, Brooke Pokorny netted five and Lisa Laslovich tossed in two.

Shaye Murphy and Erika Jenkins also played for the Orediggers, who trailed 36-29 at halftime. Tech made just 6 of 25 shots in the second half.

“I was pretty happy,” DePell said. ” Even as poorly as we played offensively — especially in the second half — were still with them.”

DePell chalked up the shooting woes as just one of those nights.

“It was not like we were casting threes,” she said. “We were getting shots in the paint. It was just an off night for too many people.”

The Orediggers fell to 9-6 overall and 2-1 in conference play. Westminster improved to 14-2 and 3-0.

“It’s nice to get these guys out of the way,” DePell said. “We’ve got to go down there, but that’s not until the very end of the season.”

The Orediggers hit the road next week to play Carroll College and Rocky Mountain College on Wednesday and Friday.

Westminster-Tech women’s stats