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Women's basketball: Westminster 79, Principia (Ill.) 55

Women's basketball: Westminster 79, Principia (Ill.) 55

January 10th, 2019 by Ryan Boland in College Sports

ELSAH, Ill. — The Lady Blue Jays outscored the Lady Panthers 54-27 in the second half of a nonconference rampage Tuesday night.

Westminster College (11-3) — which has won two of its last three — trailed 28-25 at halftime, but almost doubled its output by outscoring Principia College 23-13 in the third quarter to go on top 48-41.

The Lady Blue Jays then turned the game into a rout by outscoring the Lady Panthers 31-14 in the fourth quarter.

Senior forward Mirrakohl Johnson made 11-of-19 shots in delivering a game-high 24 points for Westminster, which shot 42 percent (32-of-77) as a team. Johnson finished off a dazzling double-double by pulling down a game-high 14 rebounds to direct the Lady Blue Jays to a commanding 48-24 advantage on the boards.

Senior guard Kendahl Adams also supplied 22 points for Westminster.

"Any win is a good win," Lady Blue Jays head coach James Arnold said. "I was really pleased with our effort and energy in the second half to pull away.

"We struggled to shoot the ball, but we did hit the offensive boards hard and that proved to be the difference down the stretch."

Nikki Matters countered with 23 points to lead Principia (1-10), which shot 43 percent (23-of-53) from the field. Sophia Hathaway added 19 points.

Westminster jumps back into St. Louis Intercollegiate Athletic Conference play when it hosts first-place Greenville (Illlinois) University at 1 p.m. Saturday. The Lady Panthers are 10-3 overall and unbeaten in the SLIAC at 5-0.

The Lady Blue Jays and Webster University are tied for second placeĀ in the SLIAC, both at 5-1. Webster is responsible for Westminster's lone conference loss.