Women's Basketball: Titans Drop, 82-70, to PAC Foe Saint Vincent

Saturday, December 7, 2013

NEW WILMINGTON, Pa. - The Westminster College women's basketball team lost, 82-70, to Saint Vincent at home on Saturday. The Titans dropped to 2-4 overall and 0-2 in the Presidents' Athletic Conference (PAC), while the Bearcats improved to 3-3 overall and 2-0 in the conference.

Down 36-28 with 2:06 remaining before halftime, the Titans mustered a 6-0 run to cut Saint Vincent's lead to 36-34. Westminster junior Courtney Klein (York, PA / Red Lion) capped off the run with a layup, while freshman Rachel Durbin (Lowellville, OH / Lovellville) earned the assist. The Bearcats held onto to the same lead at intermission.

Saint Vincent remained in front in the second half and had its largest lead of 13 points when Elle Collins scored a layup giving the Bearcats a 68-55 lead with 6:33 remaining in regulation. Westminster kept battling and cut Saint Vincent's lead to 74-67 after senior Gabby Holko (Pittsburgh, PA / Mt. Alvernia) split a pair of free throws with 1:44 on the clock.

Four Titans scored in double-figures, led by senior Courtney Zitt (Latrobe, PA / Greater Latrobe) who had 15 points (7-13). Senior Hannah Shaffer (Apollo, PA / Apollo-Ridge), Holko, and Klein followed 14, 13, and 10 points, respectively. Shaffer and junior Jenna Grandy (Sharpsville, PA / Sharpsville) led Westminster with 13 and 10 rebounds, respectively, both marking career-highs. Holko pocketed a game-high three steals, while Klein added two blocks.

Elle Collins led Saint Vincent with a game-high 26 points, including a game-high five three-pointers. Taylor Mathers followed with 20 points and game-highs of 16 rebounds and nine blocks.

Saint Vincent out-shot Westminster 42.3% (30-71) to 35.1% (26-74), while the Titans out-rebounded the Bearcats, 52-43.

Westminster will take a break for finals and will be back in action on Monday, December 16, when it travels to Heidelberg. Tip-off is slated for 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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