Saturday, February 1, 2014
LATROBE, Pa. - The Westminster College women's basketball team out-scored Saint Vincent, 54-34, in the second half en route to an 85-74 upset in a Presidents' Athletic Conference (PAC) showdown on the road on Saturday.
The Bearcats (13-6, 10-2), who are second in the PAC standings, led 40-31 at halftime. The Titans (11-8, 8-4), who stand fourth in the conference standings, out-shot Saint Vincent 62.5% (15-24) to 34.2% (13-38) in the second half yielding a come-from-behind victory.
Titan senior Courtney Zitt (Latrobe, PA / Greater Latrobe) tallied game-highs of 21 points and 10 rebounds for her second double-double of the season.
Tied 26-26 in the first half with 5:25 to play, Saint Vincent went on a 14-2 run to take its largest lead of the half of 40-28 with 1:48 on the clock.
The Bearcats led 55-43 with 11:56 remaining in the second half, however the Titans responded with a 13-0 run to take a 56-55 lead with 9:02 on the clock. Westminster senior Gabby Holko (Pittsburgh, PA / Mt. Alvernia) capped off the run with a fastbreak layup. Tied 63-63 with 6:24 to go, the Titans took their largest lead up to that point following an 8-0 run, which was once again capped off with a fastbreak layup by Holko. The Titans led 71-63 with 4:50 remaining and never looked back.
Four Titans scored in double-figures, led by Zitt with 21 points who shot a game-high 11-for-17 from the free throw line. Following were senior Hannah Shaffer (Apollo, PA / Apollo-Ridge) (18), freshman Rachel Durbin (Lowellville, OH / Lovellville) (16), and Holko (11). Shaffer's 18 points were a career-high, while Durbin's 16 tied a career-best. Following Zitt's game-high 10 rebounds were Shaffer and junior Allison Borts (Youngstown, OH / Boardman) who tallied eight rebounds each. Holko also had a team-high four assists, while Shaffer led the Titans with four steals.
For the game, Westminster out-shot Saint Vincent 49.0% (24-49) to 39.2% (29-74) and out-rebounded the Bearcats, 45-34.
Taylor Mathers led Saint Vincent with 15 points, while classmate Mara Benvenuti tallied a team-high six rebounds.
Westminster will host Bethany 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 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 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 www.westminster.edu/advantage to view "Advantage: Westminster" A Strategic Plan 2010-2020.