Saturday, February 22, 2014
NEW WILMINGTON, Pa. - The Westminster College women's basketball team won, 83-65, against Geneva for its Senior Day at Buzz Ridl Gymnasium on Saturday.
Geneva finished its season at 4-20 overall and 3-15 in the Presidents' Athletic Conference (PAC), while the Titans improved to 15-10 overall and 12-6 in the PAC. Westminster clinched the no. 4 seed for the 2013-14 PAC Championship Tournament and will host the no. 5-seeded Waynesburg on Tuesday at 7 p.m. for the first round.
On Saturday, Westminster was in front the entire game and had its largest lead of 24 points (67-43) with 12:20 remaining in the second half.
Westminster shot a season-high 55.0% (33-60) from the floor, while the Golden Tornadoes shot 41.5% (27-65). The Titans also dominated on the glass with a 44-26 rebound advantage.
Titan senior Courtney Zitt (Latrobe, PA / Greater Latrobe) scored a game-high 21 points, while shooting 8-for-10 from the field and 5-for-6 from the free throw line. Also scoring in double-figures for the Titans were senior Gabby Holko (Pittsburgh, PA / Mt. Alvernia) who tallied 15 points and freshman Rachel Durbin (Lowellville, OH / Lowellville) and junior Jenna Grandy (Sharpsville, PA / Sharpsville) who had 13 points each. Zitt and Grandy also led on the glass with a team-high eight rebounds each. Zitt also registered a career-high seven assists, while Holko tied a career-high with six.
Nichole Hyland led Geneva with 19 points, while teammate Heidi Mann had a team-high eight rebounds.
The winners of Tuesday's PAC quarterfinal matchups will travel to the campus of the highest remaining seed for the semifinal and championship rounds on Friday and Saturday.
Admission to all PAC Championship Tournament contests is $5 for adults and $2 for students, with students at PAC host institutions admitted for free with valid ID. Championship tournament programs will be on sale for $1.
The winner of the tournament receives the league's automatic bid to this year's NCAA Division III Championship Tournament, which gets underway March 7-8.
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.