Saturday, November 23, 2013
NEW WILMINGTON, Pa. - The Westminster College women's basketball team lost, 60-50, to Medaille College on Saturday inside Buzz Ridl Gymnasium. The Titans dropped to 2-2 overall, while the Mavericks improved to the same.
Medaille led for the majority of the first half and had its largest lead of eight points (21-13) with seven minutes remaining. The Titans battled back and took their first lead of the game (29-28) with 26 seconds on the clock when sophomore Carly Zandier (South Park, PA / South Park) found senior Hannah Shaffer (Apollo, PA / Apollo-Ridge) for a three-pointer. Medaille responded with a layup with 14 seconds on the clock and led 30-29 at halftime.
Both teams fought for the lead in the second half as there were six ties. Westminster took its largest lead of the game when junior Courtney Klein (York, PA / Red Lion) found freshman Rachel Durbin (Lowellville, OH / Lovellville) for a three-pointer, putting the Titans in front, 46-42, with 9:30 remaining in the game. Medaille pulled away as it answered with an 18-2 run for its largest lead of 60-48 with 2:46 on the clock.
Durbin led the Titans with a career-high 13 points (5-for-11), followed by Shaffer with 12 points. Junior Jenna Grandy (Sharpsville, PA / Sharpsville) added nine points. Durbin, Shaffer, and Grandy each had three three-point field goals. Shaffer and junior Allison Borts (Youngstown, OH / Boardman) led on the glass with six rebounds each. Durbin also pocketed a team-high three steals.
Brittnee Perry led Medaille with a game-high 14 points and tied Danielle Reinwald with a game-high 10 rebounds.
For the game, the Mavericks out-shot Westminster 37.5% (21-56) to 31.6% (18-57) and held a slight 43-38 rebound advantage.
Westminster will travel to Thiel on Tuesday for its Presidents' Athletic Conference opener. The game is slated for a 6 p.m. start.
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 378 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.