Women’s Basketball Falls in Conference Championship
BY BEN CAMPBELL
The Westminster women’s basketball team lost 66-63 to Greenville College on Saturday night in the Conference Championship Game. The loss ended the team’s record-tying 15-game winning streak, as well as its hopes of advancing to the NCAA Tournament.
In a back-and-forth game that included eight ties and 10 lead changes, Westminster was unable to connect on a three pointer in the final seconds to send the game into overtime.
The Lady Blue Jays dominated both inside and outside, outscoring Greenville 14-4 in the paint and shooting 10-24 (42 percent) from three point range. But it was not enough; Greenville shot 27-59 (51 percent) from the floor and hit a jump shot with 45 seconds left to seal the win.
Andrea Zalis, ‘17, finished with 14 points, 12 rebounds and 5 assists, and Kasey Gatson, ‘18, led all scorers with 18 points.
Despite the heartbreaking loss, Zalis reflected on the success of the season.
“Even though the season didn’t end the way we wanted it to, we did some great things,” Zalis said. “It was a special season for all of us.” “This basketball program goes far beyond what we accomplished on the court. It’s a great feeling to be able to play the game that you love with your best friends.”
The Lady Blue Jays’ record of 21-5 is second best in their program’s history, and their 15-game winning streak ties the program record.
Coaches will bring back two key starters from this year’s team, Zalis and Krista Armontrout, ‘17, who both averaged 14 points per game. They will also turn to their younger players, such as Ali Perry, ‘19, to keep the winning tradition going.
“I was extremely privileged to come in as a freshman under such a solid group of seniors and leadership,” Perry said. “I learned what it means to be part of a team, and I look forward to continuing our tradition of success both in the classroom and on the court.”