Women's Basketball: Titans top PAC rival Waynesburg, 78-71

Saturday, January 11, 2014

NEW WILMINGTON, Pa. - The Westminster College women's basketball team won, 78-71, against Presidents' Athletic Conference (PAC) foe Waynesburg at home on Saturday.

The win was Westminster's fourth-straight, the longest since the 2009-10 when the Titans won five-in-a-row.

Westminster (6-6, 3-2 PAC) came out of the gates with a 13-0 lead, which was capped off with a jumper from freshman Rachel Durbin (Lowellville, OH / Lovellville) with 15:48 on the clock. The Titans, who never lost the lead in the game to Waynesburg (6-7, 4-2 PAC), had their largest lead of 17 points twice in the first half. The second time came with 11:14 remaining when Durbin connected on another jumper, giving Westminster a 22-5 lead. The Titans held a 40-32 halftime lead.

The Titans were up 66-51 with 5:05 remaining in regulation, however the Yellow Jackets kept battling with a 10-1 run and cut Westminster's lead to 67-61 lead with 3:40 on the clock. Waynesburg pulled within five points (76-71) with five seconds on the clock, however two made free throws from senior Hannah Shaffer (Apollo, PA / Apollo-Ridge) sealed the Titan victory.

For the game, Westminster out-shot Waynesburg 44.4% (24-54) to 33.8% 27-80. The Yellow Jackets had a 50-40 rebound edge.

Titan senior Gabby Holko (Pittsburgh, PA / Mt. Alvernia) led Westminster with 22 points, including a game-high 10-for-11 from the free throw line. Also scoring in double-digits for Westminster were senior Courtney Zitt (Latrobe, PA / Greater Latrobe) and Courtney Klein (York, PA / Red Lion) with 15 and 12 points, respectively. Klein's points marked a career-high. Junior Jenna Grandy (Sharpsville, PA / Sharpsville) added nine points off a team-high three three-pointers. Zitt had a team- and season-high nine rebounds. Klein and Shaffer added seven rebounds each. Klein had a game-high three blocks. Holko also dished out a game-high four assists.

Courtney Sargent led Waynesburg with game-highs of 29 points and 18 rebounds.

Westminster will travel to Thiel on Monday with a starting time of 6:30 p.m.

Hannah Shaffer