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Women's Basketball: Titans Win Fifth-Straight, Top Thiel 56-47

Monday, January 13, 2014

GREENVILLE, Pa. - The Westminster College women's basketball team won its fifth-straight game as the Titans won, 56-47, on the road at Thiel on Monday night.

Westminster (7-6, 4-2 PAC) had an early 7-2 lead after junior Allison Borts (Youngstown, OH / Boardman) converted on a traditional three-point play with 16:09 on the clock. The Tomcats (3-9, 2-4 PAC) answered with a 6-0 run to take their first lead of the game, 8-7, with 14:54 remaining in the first half. The Titans quickly regained the lead and went on a 13-0 run, capped off by a layup from freshman Rachel Durbin (Lowellville, OH / Lovellville), and led 20-8 with 10:28 on the clock.

The Titans maintained their double-digit lead and led by as much as 15 points (29-14) after a layup from freshman Shelby Brown (New Castle, PA / Mohawk) with 1:49 left. Westminster held a 29-19 halftime-lead.

Thiel battled back and cut the Titans' lead to 40-39 with 8:07 on the clock. Westminster, who never lost the lead in the second half, led by only two points (49-47) with just over two minutes to play. The Titans sealed the victory after ending the game with a 7-0 run.

For the game, Westminster out-shot Thiel 32.8% (20-61) to 27.0% (17-63). The Tomcats out-rebounded the Titans 47-38.

Titan senior Courtney Zitt (Latrobe, PA / Greater Latrobe) scored a game-high 13 points (5-for-15). Also scoring in double-digits for Westminster was Borts with 11 points. Durbin added eight points. Senior Hannah Shaffer (Apollo, PA / Apollo-Ridge) tallied a team-high eight rebounds.

Jaclyn Watkins led Thiel with 12 points and tied with teammate Hannah Stoneman for a game-high 10 rebounds.

Westminster will host nationally ranked no. 6 Thomas More on Wednesday at 6 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 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 378 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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