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Women's Basketball: Titans' Second Half Rally Falls Short at W&J

Saturday, January 25, 2014

WASHINGTON, Pa. - The Westminster College women's basketball team lost, 76-73, at Washington & Jefferson on Saturday in a Presidents' Athletic Conference (PAC) showdown.

Down 71-61 with 3:36 to play in the game, Westminster (9-8, 6-4 PAC), got within one point (74-73) of Washington & Jefferson's (12-5, 7-3 PAC) lead with 42 seconds to go after Titan senior Hannah Shaffer (Apollo, PA / Apollo-Ridge) sunk a pair a free throws. W&J, however, responded with a jumper to make it a three-point game with 14 seconds on the clock which proved to be too much for Westminster to overcome.

The Presidents were in front for the majority of the first half and took their first double-digit lead when Kara Seamon made a three-pointer with 4:33 to play and gave W&J a 34-22 lead. Washington & Jefferson led 42-28 at halftime.

For the game, W&J out-shot Westminster 44.4% (24-54) to 37.5% (24-64), while slightly out-rebounding the Titans, 39-37.

Seniors Courtney Zitt (Latrobe, PA / Greater Latrobe) and Gabby Holko (Pittsburgh, PA / Mt. Alvernia) led the Titans with 18 points each. Shaffer and junior Jenna Grandy (Sharpsville, PA / Sharpsville) followed with nine points apiece. Shaffer and junior Courtney Klein (York, PA / Red Lion) led on the glass with a game-high 11 rebounds each, while tallying a game-high three blocks apiece. Titan freshman Shelby Brown (New Castle, PA / Mohawk) dished-out a team-high three assists.

Chelsea Apke led Washington & Jefferson with a game-high 22 points and nine rebounds.

Westminster will host Thiel on Wednesday 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 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.

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