Arnold scores 1,000th, Westminster Women beat Blackburn 89-50 in quarter-finals

It was the playoffs, but Westminster’s women’s offense looked as powerful as it had in the previous nine regular season games.

The Blue Jays beat Blackburn 89-50 on Wednesday in their St. Louis Intercollegiate Athletic Conference quarterfinal game at Historic Gym. Senior Reese Arnold needed 29 points to reach 1,000 career points heading into Wednesday and that’s exactly how many points she finished to lead the Blue Jays.

Arnold hit Westminster’s final bucket mark with 19 seconds left in the game to cap an attacking performance that saw four Blue Jays finish in double digits. Abbie Reece followed Arnold with a season-high 19 points and nine rebounds, Avylina Powell-Qualo added 11 points and a career-high 15 rebounds and Annette Ramirez had 11 points off the bench.

The Blue Jay defense limited the Beavers (5-21) to 26.5 percent shooting from the field and forced Blackburn to 28 turnovers. Westminster (17-9) nearly overtook Blackburn as they bounced back to 60-37.

Westminster started the game with 13 points in the first four minutes and held Blackburn scoreless until 4:21 left in the first quarter. The Blue Jays had a 21-5 lead after the first quarter.

Blackburn had scored seven points in the first eight minutes of the second quarter before Ramirez knocked down a 3-pointer for a 33-12 lead. Reece added another soon after and the Blue Jays entered halftime with a 39-14 lead.

The Beavers shot less than 13 points after a 3-pointer from Elizabeth Morris, going 53-31 with 3:29 left in the third quarter, but Westminster finished the quarter with a 62-33 lead, thanks in part to a theft and a helper from Jodie. Bass then a jumper from Bass in the last minute.

Arnold was 13 points to start the third quarter, but surpassed that total in the fourth quarter, knocking down his only two 3-pointers of the game and scoring 12 straight points for the Blue Jays in the final six minutes of the quarter.

Greenville (15-10) beat Spalding 66-61 on Wednesday to advance to the next round against the Blue Jays, which the Panthers lost 87-75 earlier this month and 73-68 in January last game against Westminster . below 80 points.

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