Saturday, January 12, 2013NEW WILMINGTON, Pa. - The Westminster College women's basketball team won, 46-40, over Presidents' Athletic Conference (PAC) foe Geneva College Saturday inside Buzz Ridl Gymnasium. The Golden Tornadoes made it close as they outscored the Titans 19-4 in the final nine minutes of the game. Westminster improved to 6-9 overall and 4-4 in the conference, while Geneva dropped to 2-13 overall and 0-8 in the PAC.
In the first half, Westminster got on the scoreboard after a jumper from senior Katie Hughes (Boardman, OH / Cardinal Mooney) which cut Geneva's lead in half, 4-2, with 15:24 on the clock. Junior Hannah Shaffer (Apollo, PA / Apollo-Ridge) earned the assist. The Titans took their first lead of game, 7-4, at the 12:41 mark when senior Jenn Cantella (Freedom, PA / Freedom) found Shaffer for a three-pointer. With 8:26 left to play in the first frame, Westminster went on an 11-0 run to take its largest lead of the half, 25-12. The Titans led 30-18 at intermission.
Westminster had a commanding 42-21 lead with 9:46 left in the second half, however the Golden Tornadoes closed in on Westminster's lead as they outscored the Titans 19-4 in the final nine minutes of the game.
Westminster sophomore Jenna Grandy (Sharpsville, PA / Sharpsville) scored a team-high 12 points (5-for-9), all coming in the first half. Junior Gabby Holko (Pittsburgh, PA / Mount Alvernia) followed with 11 points. Hughes and Shaffer added eight points each. Rounding out the scorers for the Titans were senior Andi Ridge (North Tonawanda, NY / Starpoint) and freshman Andrea Marsh (Panama, NY / Panama Central) who scored five and two points, respectively.
Leah Prisuta led Geneva with team-highs of 13 points and nine rebounds.
The Titans are back in action on Wednesday when they host Grove City at 6 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.