Wednesday, February 15, 2012BETHANY, W.Va. - With playoff implications on the line, the Westminster College women's basketball team lost 63-56 to the Bethany Bison tonight. The Titans (8-15, 8-9 PAC) are still in the hunt for the fifth seed following the loss, while Bethany (15-9, 11-6 PAC) has clinched the fourth seed in the Presidents' Athletic Conference (PAC) Tournament and will host a game in the opening round next week.
The first half was low scoring as the Titans only led 25-23 at the break. The Titans only trailed one time in the half and that was 3-2 with 16:43 to play.
Both teams went back and forth in the second half until the Bison started to pull away down the stretch. Bethany made three three-point shots with fewer than five minutes to play. The Bison defense clamped down on the Titans, which lead to 25 Westminster turnovers.
Junior Andi Ridge (North Tonawanda, NY / Starpoint) guided the Lady Titans with 13 points and 11 rebounds, while recording her fourth career double-double. Sophomore Gabby Holko (Pittsburgh, PA / Mount Alvernia) and junior Katie Hughes (Boardman, OH / Cardinal Mooney) each chipped in with 11 points.
Senior Emily Dolsak (McDonald, OH / McDonald) was also in double figures with 10 points, shooting an efficient 5-8 from the floor.
The Lady Titans look to rebound on Saturday at Geneva (Feb. 18) with the tip-off at 5:30 p.m. in its last regular season game of the season.
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, a top-tier liberal arts college, ranks third in graduation rate performance, according to U.S. News Best Colleges guide. Westminster ranked 6th among liberal arts colleges in social mobility, according to the Washington Monthly College Guide, and is one of the most affordable national liberal arts colleges in Pennsylvania. Westminster is also honored as one of "The Best 376 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 42 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.