Wednesday, December 5, 2012NEW WILMINGTON, Pa. - The Westminster College women's basketball team ended a five-game skid after a 69-60 win over Thiel inside Buzz Ridl Gymnasium Wednesday night. The Titans improved to 2-5 overall and 1-2 in the Presidents' Athletic Conference (PAC) and the Tomcats dropped to 2-6 overall and 1-2 in the conference.
Westminster made a school-record 12 three-pointers (12-for-25), led by senior Jenn Cantella (Freedom, PA / Freedom) and sophomore Jenna Grandy (Sharpsville, PA / Sharpsville) who each scored five threes. This tied Cantella's career-high, while setting a career-best for Grandy. The previous team record was 10 set twice (2000 and 2005).
Cantella and Grandy led Westminster with 17 points each. This tied Cantella's career-high, while setting a career-best for Grandy. Cantella shot 6-for-11 (5-for-10 for three), while Grandy shot 6-for-8 (5-for-7 for three). Also scoring in double digits for the Titans was senior Katie Hughes (Boardman, OH / Cardinal Mooney) who scored 15 points. Westminster junior Hannah Shaffer (Apollo, PA / Apollo-Ridge) grabbed down a team- and career-high nine rebounds. Shaffer and Cantella dished-out career-highs eight and seven assists, respectively. Cantella also earned a career-high seven rebounds, while Hughes also added seven boards.
Tied 13-13 in the first half, Westminster went on a 19-8 run to take its largest lead of the half, 32-21. The run was capped off with a three-pointer from Cantella. Thiel, however, scored five unanswered points for the rest of half and Westminster led 32-26 at halftime.
In the second half, the Tomcats got as close as three points, down 52-49, with 7:44 left. Westminster, however responded with a 7-0 run to go up 59-49 with 5:29 to go in the game. Thiel was unable to get any closer for the duration of the game.
Westminster will continue its four-game home swing as it hosts Chatham on Saturday at 2 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 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.