FULTON, Mo. - Westminster women's basketball dominates Spalding 72-48 for its second conference win of the season.
The Blue Jays improve to 3-7 overall and 2-2 in the SLIAC.
"We had a great energy tonight," said Westminster Head Coach Tracey Braden. "I loved our defensive intensity. We talked about how important a good start would be in the game - we executed that to a tee."
"To have four players in double figures and two with a double-double shows our depth and ability to score," said Braden. "We have multiple people who can step up and get the job done any given night."
After a short trade-off of points to open the game, Zalis hit a three-pointer to make the score 9-6 at the 5:41 mark of the first quarter and the Blue Jays never looked back.
Westminster held the Golden Eagles to just eight points in a nine-minute streth during the first and second quarters while going on a 15-0 run to open the early lead. They eventually went into the locker rooms at the half with a commanding 36-14 lead.
Spalding was back within 15 points late in the third quarter, but back-to-back three-pointers from Zalis and Beeler pulled the lead back to over 20 points for the Blue Jays.
Zalis went 7-18 from the field, including 5-11 from behind the three-point line. As a team, Westminster was 9-20 (45%) from three-point range, 24-49 (40.7%) from the field, and 15-17 from freethrow (88.2%).
"It would have been easy for us to make the excuse to be tired from finals week, but we came out with a lot of energy" said Zalis. "This was a big win for us moving forward. We were aggressive the entire game and that mentality will help us as games get more important."
Westminster hits the court again in a nonconference game Tuesday, Dec. 20 at 7 p.m. against Coe.