Wednesday, January 22, 2014
GROVE CITY, Pa. - Despite being down, 33-21, at halftime, the Westminster College women's basketball team won, 66-55, at Grove City on Wednesday night. The Titans outscored the Wolverines, 44-22, in the second half.
It was a tale of two halves as Westminster (9-7, 6-3 PAC) improved its shooting from 24.0% (6-25) in the first half to 42.9% (12-28) in the second half, while Grove City (4-11, 3-6 PAC) went 48.3% (14-29) to 21.2% (7-33).
Titan senior Courtney Zitt (Latrobe, PA / Greater Latrobe) scored a game- and career-high 29 points (7-for-16), including a game- and career-high 13-for-19 from the free-throw line. Zitt also tied a career-high with a game-high 13 rebounds.
Westminster led 7-6 with 15:42 on clock in the first half, however Grove City took a commanding 21-9 lead after a 14-3 run with 7:19 remaining. The Titans cut Grove City's lead to 26-21 later in the half; however the Wolverines regained a double-digit lead and were in front 33-21 at halftime.
In the second half, the Titans chipped at the Wolverines' lead and took their first lead since early in the first half when senior Gabby Holko (Pittsburgh, PA / Mt. Alvernia) found freshman Shelby Brown (New Castle, PA / Mohawk) for a three-pointer which put Westminster ahead, 48-47, with 8:27 on the clock. The Titans remained in front for the rest of the game and led by as much as 12 points (65-53) with 29 seconds remaining.
Also scoring in double-digits for the Titans was senior Hannah Shaffer (Apollo, PA / Apollo-Ridge) who tallied 10 points. Freshman Rachel Durbin (Lowellville, OH / Lovellville) added eight points. Junior Allison Borts (Youngstown, OH / Boardman) followed Zitt with double-digit rebounds with 12. Holko tied a game-high with a team-high four assists.
Kelsey Shirey led Grove City with 20 points, while Natalija Galens paced the Wolverines with a team-high six rebounds.
Westminster is back on the courts on Saturday when it travels to Washington & Jefferson. Tip-off is slated for 1 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 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.