Lady Blue Jays Extend Win Streak to Eight Games, Take Sole Possession of First Place in SLIAC

Andrea Zalis, ’17, drives to the basket in a game against Principia College on Jan. 19. PHOTO COURTESY OF WESTMINSTER ATHLETICS.

Andrea Zalis, ’17, drives to the basket in a game against Principia College on Jan. 19. PHOTO COURTESY OF WESTMINSTER ATHLETICS.

BY BEN CAMPBELL
SPORTS EDITOR

The Westminster women’s basketball team took sole possession of first place in the Saint Louis Intercollegiate Athletic Conference (SLIAC) this past week, with road wins over Greenville College and Iowa Wesleyan University.


The Lady Blue Jays defeated Greenville on Jan. 27 by a score of 63-55, followed by a convincing 62-49 victory over Iowa Wesleyan on Jan. 30. They are currently riding an eight-game winning streak and are 14-4 overall (10-2 in conference).

Against Greenville, Krista Armontrout, ’17, led all scorers with 23 points, while Kasey Gatson, ‘16, added 10 points and 8 rebounds. It was a game that saw seven ties and six lead changes, and while Westminster shot just 4-19 (21 percent) from beyond the arc, they capitalized on Greenville’s mistakes, scoring 12 points off of turnovers. The Lady Blue Jays ended the game on a 21-2 run, which helped seal the win.

“It was a game of runs,” Armontrout said. “When they were leading in the fourth, we didn’t let it phase us. We buckled down on defense and got some key stops, while still being patient and scoring on offense.”

The Lady Blue Jays jumped out to an early lead against Iowa Wesleyan and never looked back. Armontrout once again paced Westminster with 22 points and 8 rebounds, while Payton Gruber, ’17, had 11 points, including a perfect 6-6 from the free throw line. It was a game that saw contributions from across the board, as the bench was responsible for 11 points and 7 rebounds in the victory.

“It’s truly incredible how much each of us has bought into the belief behind this team,” Gruber said. “Our bench has been amazing with the energy aspect of the game, and that fires up people on the court.”

While it was a big win, the Lady Blue Jays recognize that they still have work to do.

“We have a long season ahead of us still, and we need to continue to stay on our toes and play consistent,” Gruber added.

The Lady Blue Jays host Fontbonne University for their Coaches vs. Cancer game on Feb. 3 at 6 p.m.

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