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Women's Basketball: Titans Fall 56-51 at W&J in PAC Opener

Wednesday, November 28, 2012

WASHINGTON, Pa. - The Westminster College women's basketball team dropped 56-51 at Washington & Jefferson Wednesday night in both team's Presidents' Athletic Conference (PAC) season opener. The Titans fell to 1-4 overall, while the Presidents improved to 4-1. 

In the first half, Westminster took an early 5-0 lead which was topped off by a three-pointer from senior Jenn Cantella (Freedom, Pa. / Freedom). Junior Hannah Shaffer (Apollo, PA / Apollo-Ridge) earned the assist.

The Titans were ahead the entire first half and had its largest lead when senior Danielle Gilmore (Washington, PA / Trinity) found Shaffer for a three-pointer to give the Titans a 16-8 lead with 7:59 left on the clock. Gilmore continued Westminster's momentum right before intermission as she caused a W&J turnover and scored on a fastbreak layup as time expired. The Titans led 25-20 at halftime.

In the second half, Washington & Jefferson tied the game, 32-32, when Kara Seamon scored a three-pointer with 16:18 left.  There were six total ties in the second half, including when Gilmore connected on two free throws with 2:58 left to bring the score to 50-50. The Presidents, however, clinched the win after a 6-1 run to end the game.

Sophomore Jenna Grandy (Sharpsville, PA / Sharpsville) led Westminster tying a career-high 10 points (4-of-8). Cantella and classmate Katie Hughes (Boardman, OH / Cardinal Mooney) followed with nine and eight points, respectively. Shaffer added seven points, while Gilmore earned six. Cantella scored a team-high three three-pointers, while Gilmore dished out a team-best four assists.

Hughes grabbed down a team-high eight rebounds for the Titans, while Shaffer earned four.

Westminster will travel to Saint Vincent on Saturday at 4 p.m.

Highlights Courtesy of the PAC Sports Network:

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 Westminster is a top-tier liberal arts college and a national leader in graduation rate performance, according to U.S. News Best Colleges guide. Westminster is also honored as one of "The Best 377 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 41 majors and nearly 100 organizations on the New Wilmington, Pa., campus. Visit to view "Advantage: Westminster" A Strategic Plan 2010-2020.

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