Women's Basketball: Titans Overcome Halftime Deficit, Defeat Geneva, 66-62, in OT

Saturday, January 18, 2014

BEAVER FALLS, Pa. - The Westminster College women's basketball team won, 66-62, in overtime at Presidents' Athletic Conference (PAC) foe Geneva on Saturday.

Geneva (1-13, 0-8 PAC) held an 11-3 lead, its largest of the half, with 12:31 on the clock in the first half. Westminster (8-7, 5-3 PAC) cut into the Golden Tornadoes' lead after a 9-2 run which was capped off with a three-pointer from junior Jenna Grandy (Sharpsville, PA / Sharpsville) with 7:38 remaining. Geneva maintained its lead and led 27-23 at halftime.

The Golden Tornadoes led, 45-39, with 9:44 remaining in the second half. The Titans responded with a 7-0 run and took its first lead (46-45) since early in the first half after senior Gabby Holko (Pittsburgh, PA / Mt. Alvernia) found freshman Rachel Durbin (Lowellville, OH / Lovellville) for a three-pointer with 6:32 on the clock.

Three ties followed, with the last one occurring when Geneva scored two free throws, making the score 55-55 with 40 seconds left.

In overtime, the Titans added to their 61-60 lead with 2:02 left with four-straight points and took a 65-60 lead with 20 seconds remaining. Holko sealed the victory as she split a pair of free throws with two seconds left which put Westminster in front 66-62.

For the game, Westminster out-shot Geneva 39.0% (23-59) to 29.6% (21-71), while the Golden Tornadoes held a slight 48-47 rebound advantage.   

Three Titans scored in double-figures, led by Holko with a game-high 22 points. Durbin followed with a career-high 16 points, while senior Courtney Zitt (Latrobe, PA / Greater Latrobe) scored 10 points. Senior Hannah Shaffer (Apollo, PA / Apollo-Ridge) led on the glass and tied a career- and game-high with 13 rebounds. Zitt and junior Allsion Borts (Youngstown, OH / Boardman) had nine rebounds each.

Nicole Hyland led Geneva with game-highs 20 points and 13 rebounds.

Westminster will travel to Grove City on Wednesday. Tip-off is slated for 5:30 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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