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Women's Basketball: Buzzer-Beater Snaps Titans' Three-Game Winning-Streak

Wednesday, January 23, 2013

GREENVILLE, Pa. - The Westminster College women's basketball team's three-game winning-streak was snapped after Thiel made a jumper with one second remaining in regulation to win, 65-63, Wednesday night. The Titans dropped to 8-10 overall and 6-5 in the Presidents' Athletic Conference, while the Tomcats improved to 5-13 overall and 4-7 in the conference.

Westminster had a 14-7 lead after a layup from senior Jenn Cantella (Freedom, PA / Freedom) with 13:09 remaining in the first half, however the Tomcats orchestrated an 11-2 run to take their first lead of the game. A Tomcat three-pointer as time expired gave Thiel a 36-27 halftime lead.

Thiel had a commanding 49-35 lead with 13:44 remaining in regulation, however the Titans responded with a 25-11 run and tied the game at 60 when sophomore Jenna Grandy (Sharpsville, PA / Sharpsville) completed a traditional three-point play with 2:38 on the clock.

After a three-pointer from each team, the Titans were unable to have the final shot after a turnover with 21 seconds remaining in the game.

For the game, Thiel shot 49.0% (25-51) and Westminster shot 31.9% (22-69).

Grandy led Westminster with 15 points (5-for-8), followed by Cantella and junior Hannah Shaffer (Apollo, PA / Apollo-Ridge) with 13 points each. Junior Gabby Holko (Pittsburgh, PA / Mount Alvernia) and senior Katie Hughes (Boardman, OH / Cardinal Mooney) contributed with eight and seven points, respectively. Hughes tied a career-high with a game-high 14 rebounds. Cantella pocketed a team-high three steals. Holko dished-out a team-high four assists.

The Titans will host Saint Vincent on Saturday at 2 p.m. at Buzz Ridl Gymnasium.

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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