Women's Basketball: Titans Overcome Halftime Deficit, Defeat Geneva, 66-62, in OT

Saturday, January 18, 2014

BEAVER FALLS, Pa. - The Westminster College women's basketball team won, 66-62, in overtime at Presidents' Athletic Conference (PAC) foe Geneva on Saturday.

Geneva (1-13, 0-8 PAC) held an 11-3 lead, its largest of the half, with 12:31 on the clock in the first half. Westminster (8-7, 5-3 PAC) cut into the Golden Tornadoes' lead after a 9-2 run which was capped off with a three-pointer from junior Jenna Grandy (Sharpsville, PA / Sharpsville) with 7:38 remaining. Geneva maintained its lead and led 27-23 at halftime.

The Golden Tornadoes led, 45-39, with 9:44 remaining in the second half. The Titans responded with a 7-0 run and took its first lead (46-45) since early in the first half after senior Gabby Holko (Pittsburgh, PA / Mt. Alvernia) found freshman Rachel Durbin (Lowellville, OH / Lovellville) for a three-pointer with 6:32 on the clock.

Three ties followed, with the last one occurring when Geneva scored two free throws, making the score 55-55 with 40 seconds left.

In overtime, the Titans added to their 61-60 lead with 2:02 left with four-straight points and took a 65-60 lead with 20 seconds remaining. Holko sealed the victory as she split a pair of free throws with two seconds left which put Westminster in front 66-62.

For the game, Westminster out-shot Geneva 39.0% (23-59) to 29.6% (21-71), while the Golden Tornadoes held a slight 48-47 rebound advantage.   

Three Titans scored in double-figures, led by Holko with a game-high 22 points. Durbin followed with a career-high 16 points, while senior Courtney Zitt (Latrobe, PA / Greater Latrobe) scored 10 points. Senior Hannah Shaffer (Apollo, PA / Apollo-Ridge) led on the glass and tied a career- and game-high with 13 rebounds. Zitt and junior Allsion Borts (Youngstown, OH / Boardman) had nine rebounds each.

Nicole Hyland led Geneva with game-highs 20 points and 13 rebounds.

Westminster will travel to Grove City on Wednesday. Tip-off is slated for 5:30 p.m.


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