Saturday, January 19, 2013NEW WILMINGTON, Pa. - Westminster junior Gabby Holko (Pittsburgh, PA / Mount Alvernia) scored in double-digits for the eighth-straight game as the Titans upset Presidents' Athletic Conference (PAC) foe Washington & Jefferson, 59-48, Saturday inside Buzz Ridl Gymnasium.
The Titans win their third-straight game and improved to 8-9 overall and 6-4 in the conference, while the Presidents snapped their four-game winning streak and dropped to 12-5 overall and 7-3 in the PAC.
In the first half, W&J had its largest lead when it led 7-2 at the 17:55 mark. Westminster responded with a 9-0 run which was capped off with a layup from senior Andi Ridge (North Tonawanda, NY / Starpoint) with 11:44 on the clock. The Presidents battled back and led 16-13 at the 6:18 mark, however the Titans mustered a 14-2 run to take their largest lead at 27-18 with 1:01 remaining in the half. Holko capped off the streak with a three-pointer, while classmate Hannah Shaffer (Apollo, PA / Apollo-Ridge) earned the assist.
The Presidents cut Westminster's lead to four points four separate times in the second half, however were unable to take the lead. Up 45-41 with 7:07 remaining in regulation, the Titans went on a 14-7 run to end the game.
Holko led the Titans with 15 points (6-for-8). Ridge and sophomore Jenna Grandy (Sharpsville, PA / Sharpsville) also scored in double-digits for Westminster with 11 points each. Also contributing on offense were seniors Jenn Cantella (Freedom, PA / Freedom) and Katie Hughes (Boardman, OH / Cardinal Mooney) and Shaffer with nine, eight, and five points, respectively.
Ridge led on the glass with a game-high 14 rebounds, which tied a season-high. Hughes and Holko followed with seven rebounds each.
Westminster is back in action when it travels to Thiel next Wednesday at 6 p.m.
*Highlights courtesy of senior Liam Halferty, broadcast communications major
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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.
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