Thursday, March 1, 2012
NEW WILMINGTON, Pa. - The Westminster College women's basketball team finished 9-16, including a 9-9 mark for fifth place in the Presidents' Athletic Conference (PAC) standings. The fifth seed Titans ended their season on the road in the PAC Quarterfinal game to fourth seed Bethany.
The Titans were led by tenth-year head coach Rosanne Scott, who reached her 130th all-time win this past season.
The Lady Titans finished with two more wins than the previous season and they saved their best basketball for conference play. The nine PAC wins was the most the Titans have had since the 2006-07 season.
Three seniors will be moving on from the Lady Titan basketball program. Forward Emily Dolsak (McDonald, OH / McDonald) and guard Emily Montone (Sharpsville, PA / Sharpsville) were mainstays for the team the past four years. In 2011-12, Dolsak started every game and averaged seven points and six rebounds. Dolsak scored 892 points in her Westminster career, ranking 10th all-time. Montone averaged four points and three rebounds per game. Senior guard Tamber Schaef (Guys Mills, PA / Maplewood) played volleyball for Westminster for four years, but contributed in the 11 games she played.
Westminster will return five of their top seven scorers. Sophomore guard Courtney Zitt (Latrobe, PA / Greater Latrobe) was named to the All-PAC Honorable Mention team, the first sophomore from the Lady Titans to win a postseason award since the 2004-05 season. Zitt led the Titans in scoring, averaging 9.9 points per game.
Junior forward Katie Hughes (Boardman, OH / Cardinal Mooney) averaged nine points and six rebounds per game, mostly coming off the bench. Sophomore guard Gabby Holko (Pittsburgh, PA / Mount Alvernia) ranked fourth in the PAC in three-point percentage shooting 37.4% (37-99). Holko was third on the team in scoring averaging just over seven points per game, while only starting four games. She should break into the starting lineup next year as a junior.
The Titans will also bring back junior point guard Danielle Gilmore (Washington, PA / Trinity). Gilmore started all 25 games and averaged five points per contest.
The Lady Titans have many bright spots to look forward to next season and will look to build on an impressive nine conference wins.
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.