Wednesday, December 19, 2012NEW WILMINGTON, Pa. - The Westminster College women's basketball team fell 60-51 to the visiting Heidelberg University Wednesday night inside Buzz Ridl Gymnasium. The Titans snapped a three-game winning-streak and dropped to 4-6 overall and the Student Prince improved to 5-5.
In the first half, Heidelberg led 15-3 after a traditional three-point play from Kathleen Phillips with 13:01 on the clock. The Titans battled back and tied it, 22-22, after a 19-7 run that was capped off with a three-pointer from junior Gabby Holko (Pittsburgh, PA / Mount Alvernia) with 1:58 remaining in the half. The Berg led 25-24 at intermission.
The Titans took their first lead of the game during their first possession in the second half when senior Katie Hughes (Boardman, OH / Cardinal Mooney) scored on a layup to put Westminster in front 26-25. Westminster had its largest lead of the game on its next possession when senior Andi Ridge (North Tonawanda, NY / Starpoint) converted on two free throws to make the score 28-25. Heidelberg, however, responded with a 20-0 run and led 45-28 with 10:29 remaining in the game. Westminster got within eight points two separate times, but was not able to overcome the deficit.
Hughes led Westminster with a double-double, including a team-high 16 points and tied a team-high 10 rebounds. Also scoring in double-digits for the Titans were Holko and senior Jenn Cantella (Freedom, PA / Freedom) who scored 12 and 11 points, respectively. Holko scored a team-high four three-pointers. Ridge added eight points and 10 rebounds, while junior Hannah Shaffer (Apollo, PA / Apollo-Ridge) had nine rebounds to go along with game-highs of two blocks and three steals. Shaffer and Holko had a team-high three assists each.
Westminster will enter Christmas break and will next play at Carnegie Mellon on Dec. 29 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.