Saturday, February 9, 2013
NEW WILMINGTON, Pa. - The Westminster College women's basketball team lost, 70-61, to Presidents' Athletic Conference (PAC) foe Waynesburg Saturday on Senior Day inside Buzz Ridl Gymnasium. The Titans dropped to 10-13 overall and 8-8 in the PAC, while the Yellow Jackets improved to 12-11 overall and 11-5 in the conference.
In the first half, Waynesburg led 5-0 with 19:24 on the clock. Westminster responded with a 10-3 run to take its first lead of game, 10-8, when senior Katie Hughes (Boardman, OH / Cardinal Mooney) scored on a layup with 15:52 remaining in the half. The Titans, up 20-17 with 10:50 on the clock, orchestrated an 8-0 run to take its largest of the game at 28-17 with 4:09 remaining. The run was capped off with a three-pointer from junior Gabby Holko (Pittsburgh, PA / Mount Alvernia). Senior Jenn Cantella (Freedom, PA / Freedom) earned the assist. The Titans led 31-26 at halftime.
Waynesburg came out in the second half with a 19-5 run to take a nine point lead (45-36) with 13:13 on the clock. Westminster cut Waynesburg's lead to 66-61 after a layup from Hughes with 2:31 remaining. The Yellow Jackets outscored the Titans 44-30 in the second half.
For the game, Waynesburg outshot Westminster 42.4% (28-66) (56.7% in the second half) to 38.6% (22-57). Waynesburg also had the rebound advantage (44-35).
Hughes led the Titans with a double-double with a team-high 17 points and a game-high 11 rebounds, to go along with a game-high three steals. Holko followed with 13 points. Cantella added nine points, while seniors Andi Ridge (North Tonawanda, NY / Starpoint) and Danielle Gilmore (Washington, PA / Trinity) added eight points each. Rounding out the scorers for the Titans was sophomore Jenna Grandy (Sharpsville, PA / Sharpsville) with six points. Ridge also had nine rebounds.
Jessi Drayer led Waynesburg with 20 points, while Paige Pearce had a team-high eight rebounds.
Westminster will play two games on the road before the 2013 PAC playoffs. First up is at Grove City on Wednesday at 6 p.m.
*Highlights courtesy of senior Liam Halferty, broadcast communications major
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.