Wednesday, January 29, 2014NEW WILMINGTON, Pa. - The Westminster College women's basketball team won, 74-49, against Presidents' Athletic Conference (PAC) foe Thiel at home on Wednesday.
Westminster (10-8, 7-4 PAC) took an early 11-2 lead in the first half after a jumper from senior Gabby Holko (Pittsburgh, PA / Mt. Alvernia) with 15:08 on the clock. Thiel (4-14, 3-10 PAC) responded with a 10-0 run and took its first lead, 12-11, after a three-pointer with 12:59 to play. Tied 18-18 midway through the first half, Westminster pulled away with an 11-1 run and took a 29-19 lead with 6:23 on the clock. Thiel battled back, however a layup at the buzzer from Holko gave the Titans momentum and a 34-29 lead at halftime.
The Titans maintained their lead and out-scored the Tomcats, 40-20, in the second half, while shooting 48.0% (12-25) from the field.
For the game, Westminster out-shot Thiel 41.4% (24-58) to 32.1% (18-56) and held a 42-36 rebound edge.
Four Titans scored in double-digits, led by Holko with a game-high 19 points (6-for-12). Classmate Courtney Zitt (Latrobe, PA / Greater Latrobe) followed with 14 points, while freshman Rachel Durbin (Lowellville, OH / Lovellville) and junior Allison Borts (Youngstown, OH / Boardman) tallied 10 points each. Junior Courtney Klein (York, PA / Red Lion) grabbed down a game-high eight rebounds, while senior Hannah Shaffer (Apollo, PA / Apollo-Ridge) added six boards.
Jaclyn Watkins led Thiel with 16 points, while teammate Hannah Stoneman had a team-high six rebounds.
Westminster will travel at Saint Vincent on Saturday with a starting time of 4 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.