Saturday, February 16, 2013
BEAVER FALLS, Pa. - The Westminster College women's basketball team snapped a three-game losing streak and won, 53-44, at Geneva in both team's final regular season game on Saturday. The Titans improved to 11-14 overall and 9-9 in the Presidents' Athletic Conference (PAC) to clinch the no. 5 seed in the 2013 PAC Championship Tournament, while the Golden Tornadoes finished their season with an overall record of 3-22 and 1-17 in the PAC.
Westminster took its first lead of the game at the 8:55 mark in the first half when senior Katie Hughes (Boardman, OH / Cardinal Mooney) split a pair of free throws that gave the Titans a 13-12 lead. Geneva took a 20-15 lead after an 8-2 run with 3:20 remaining in the half. Westminster finished the half with a 7-3 run to cut Geneva's lead to 23-22 at halftime.
The Titans took control at the 11:41 mark in the second half when it led 35-29 after freshman Andrea Marsh (Panama, NY / Panama Central) split a pair of free throws. The Golden Tornadoes cut Westminster's lead to 46-44 with 1:24 remaining in the game, however the Titans sealed the win as they finished the game with a 7-0 run.
For the game, Westminster out-shot Geneva 38.6% (17-44) to 30.9% (17-55) and had the rebound advantage at 36-33.
Hughes led the Titans with a game-high 21 points (9-15). Senior Jenn Cantella (Freedom, PA / Freedom) followed with 11 points. Junior Hannah Shaffer (Apollo, PA / Apollo-Ridge) added seven points, while senior Katie Grandy (Sharpsville, PA / Sharpsville) and sophomore Jenna Grandy (Sharpsville, PA / Sharpsville) scored five points each. Senior Andi Ridge led on the glass with a game-high 11 rebounds.
Heidi Mann led Geneva with 16 points, while Samantha had a team-high eight rebounds.
The no. 5-seeded Titans will travel to the no. 4-seeded Waynesburg on Tuesday at 7 p.m. in the first round of the PAC Tournament.
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 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 www.westminster.edu/advantage to view "Advantage: Westminster" A Strategic Plan 2010-2020.