Thursday, November 15, 2012
BUFFALO, N.Y. - All-PAC Titan junior Courtney Zitt (Latrobe, PA / Greater Latrobe) had game-highs of 19 points and 13 rebounds and guided the Westminster College women's basketball team to a 53-39 win over Medaille in both team's season opener.
Westminster took control of the game five minutes before intermission against a Medaille team that was 24-5 overall and one win away from a NCAA Tournament berth a season ago. Tied 19-19 with 4:51 left in the first half, the Titans scored 12 unanswered points to take a 31-19 halftime lead. Zitt scored nine of those 12 points for Westminster.
The late first half surge carried over into the second half as the Titans never lost a double-digit lead for the remainder of the game. Their biggest lead came at the 11:43 mark when they were up 19 points (41-22).
Following Zitt on offense were senior Katie Hughes (Boardman, OH / Cardinal Mooney) and junior Gabby Holko (Pittsburgh, PA / Mount Alvernia) who added eight points each, while senior Jenn Cantella (Freedom, PA/Freedom) scored six points.
Westminster out-rebounded Medaille 45-to-39. Zitt's 13 rebounds marked a career-high. Senior Andi Ridge (North Tonawanda, NY / Starpoint) added nine rebounds, while classmates Danielle Gilmore (Washington, PA / Trinity) and Hughes grabbed eight rebounds each. Gilmore pocketed a game-high three steals.
The Titans shot 36.1% (22-for-61), while the Mavericks shot 25.9% (15-for-58).
Westminster will travel to the Wooster Tip-Off Tournament for a two-day tournament this weekend. Follow the action here.
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.