Saturday, February 11, 2012
NEW WILMINGTON, Pa. - In its last regular season home game, the Westminster College women's basketball team topped Chatham 56-40 today in Buzz Ridl Gymnasium. The contest was played in conjunction with the Women's Basketball College Association Pink Zone, raising awareness for breast cancer.
The Lady Titans improved to 8-14 overall and 8-8 in the Presidents' Athletic Conference (PAC), while the Cougars dropped to 1-15 overall and 4-19 in the PAC.
The first half went back and forth as there were two ties and four lead changes. Chatham had a 9-4 early lead with 14:09 on the clock, courtesy of two Lizz King three-pointers. Following the Cougars' largest lead of game (15-8), the Titans went on an 11-2 run to lead 19-17 with 4:29 left in the half.
After leading 26-23 at halftime, Westminster shot 44% (11-for-25) and held Chatham to just 22.2% (8-for-36) in the second.
Sophomore Courtney Zitt (Latrobe, PA / Greater Latrobe) led the Titans with 12 points, five rebounds, three assists, and a game- and career-high four blocks. Junior Katie Hughes (Boardman, OH / Cardinal Mooney) followed with 11 points, while senior Emily Dolsak (McDonald, OH / McDonald) and junior Andi Ridge (North Tonawanda, NY / Starpoint) chipped in with eight points each. Dolsak also added six rebounds. Sophomore Gabby Holko (Pittsburgh, PA / Mount Alvernia) added a game- and career-high four steals, all coming in the first half.
Along with Dolsak, seniors Emily Montone (Sharpsville, PA / Sharpsville) and Tamber Schaef (Guys Mills, PA / Maplewood) played in their final home game. Montone finished the game with three points and two assists.
For the game, the Titans outshot the Cougars 38.6% (22-for-57) to 27% (17-for-63) and outrebounded them 45-40.
Westminster has two games on the road before postseason action begins. First up is at Bethany on Wednesday (Feb. 15) at 6:00 p.m.
About Westminster College...
Founded in 1852 and related to the Presbyterian Church (U.S.A.), Westminster College ranks first in the nation as "Best College for Women in Science, Technology, Engineering and Math," according to Forbes.com. Westminster, a top-tier liberal arts college, ranks third in graduation rate performance, according to U.S. News Best Colleges guide. Westminster ranked 6th among liberal arts colleges in social mobility, according to the Washington Monthly College Guide, and is one of the most affordable national liberal arts colleges in Pennsylvania. Westminster is also honored as one of "The Best 376 Colleges" by The Princeton Review, and is named to the President's Honor Roll for excellence in service learning.
Nearly 1,600 undergraduate and graduate students benefit from individualized attention from dedicated faculty while choosing from 42 majors and nearly 100 organizations on the New Wilmington, Pa., campus. Visit www.westminster.edu/advantage to view "Advantage: Westminster" A Strategic Plan 2010-2020.