Women’s Basketball Dominates Principia, Achieves 11-5 Record
BY EMILY KESEL
Gatson and Kalis lead in points in conference win over Principia.
The Westminster College women’s basketball team recorded a dominating conference win over Principia College on Tuesday night, improving its overall record to 11-5. The 61-50 win over the Panthers gives the Blue Jays a record of 9-2 in the St. Louis Intercollegiate Athletic Conference, where they hold the number two spot in the standings.
The Jays got out to a dominating lead early, scoring the first 10 points before giving up their first points on defense almost four minutes into the game. “We had great energy from the beginning,” stated Coach Tracy Braden after the game. The energy carried on through the first half, and the Blue Jays went into the locker room at halftime up 37-19.
“We had great energy from the beginning.” –Coach Tracy Braden
Westminster continued to dominate in the second half, leading by no less than 15 points all the way through until the last minute of the game. By then, though, the margin was too great for the Panthers to overcome, and the Blue Jays walked away with a satisfying 11-point win.
Offensively, the Blue Jays were led by junior Kasey Gatson’s 16 points and sophomore Andrea Zalis’s 11. The rest of the scoring was spread out in a balanced scoring effort as 11 different Westminster players scored in the game. Assists were led by junior Mackenzie Haddox who recorded six. Haddox and Zalis each added a pair of steals as well. Three different Blue Jay players added seven rebounds to the cause, including Gatson and seniors Danielle Williams and Danielle Smulczenski.
“Coach gave each person and the team a goal and we executed it.” –Danielle Smulczenski.
Smulczenski said after the game that they had played just as Coach Braden had wanted. “Coach gave each person and the team a goal and we executed it,” she said. “It was a fun game and everyone got to play.”
The Blue Jays have six more SLIAC games to play in the season, including February home games against Iowa Wesleyan, MacMurray College, and Fontbonne University.