Friday, November 9, 2012
NEW WILMINGTON, Pa. - The 2012-13 Westminster College women's basketball team will look to return to a winning form this year after it finished 9-16, including a 9-9 mark for fifth place in the Presidents' Athletic Conference (PAC) standings a season ago. Westminster was picked to finish sixth in the conference according to the 2012-13 Women's Basketball Preseason Coaches' Poll.
The Lady Titans will look for leadership from a strong senior class, which includes five players. Forward Katie Hughes (Boardman, OH / Cardinal Mooney) averaged nine points and six rebounds per game as a key reserve last year. Point guard Danielle Gilmore (Washington, PA / Trinity) started all 25 games and averaged five points and three rebounds per contest. Guard Jenn Cantella (Freedom, PA/Freedom) played in 23 games last season and averaged four points per game. Center Andi Ridge (North Tonawanda, NY/Starpoint) played in 16 games, starting 12 of them, while bringing down 5.6 boards a game to go along with 5.2 points. The final senior is guard Katie Grandy (Sharpsville, PA/Sharpsville), who appeared in four games last season. "I like the maturity, the leadership, and the overall commitment of this group to be successful", said 11-year head coach Rosanne Scott.
Westminster will also return five of its top seven scorers. Junior guard Courtney Zitt (Latrobe, PA / Greater Latrobe) returns after she was named to the all-PAC honorable mention team a year ago, the first sophomore Lady Titan to win a postseason award since the 2004-05 season. Zitt led the Titans in scoring, averaging 9.9 points per game. Junior guard Gabby Holko (Pittsburgh, PA / Mount Alvernia) ranked fourth in the PAC in three-point shooting percentage 37.4% (37-99). Holko was also third on the team in scoring averaging just over seven points per game, while only starting four games. Other players with significant contributions last year were junior Hannah Shaffer (Apollo, PA/Apollo-Ridge) and sophomore Jenna Grandy (Sharpsville, PA/ Sharpsville). Shaffer appeared in 25 games, with seven starts, posting three points per game, while Grandy appeared in 20 games off the bench.
Westminster will look to build on its impressive nine conference wins last season, the most for a Lady Titan team since the 2006-07 season. "Our team goal is no longer just to make it to the conference tournament," said Scott. "This team wants to be successful right now and that includes a run at a PAC Championship."
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.
All-PAC Junior Courtney Zitt