Women's Basketball: Borts Scores Career-High; Bethany Holds Off Titans' Late Run

Wednesday, February 5, 2014

NEW WILMINGTON, Pa. - The Westminster College women's basketball team lost, 85-78, at home against Presidents' Athletic Conference (PAC) foe Bethany on Wednesday.

Bethany (5-15, 4-9 PAC) had a commanding first-half lead of 23-9 with 10:56 remaining in the first half. The Bison had their largest lead of the half and of the game when they led 36-18 with 5:41 to play. Westminster (11-9, 8-5 PAC) cut Bethany's lead to 42-31 after freshman Toi Brown (Youngstown, OH / Youngstown Christian) split a pair of free throws with 1:03 on the clock.  Bethany led 44-33 at halftime.

Down 52-35 with 17:28 to play in the second half, the Titans mustered a 12-0 run to cut Bethany's lead to 52-47 with 13:47 on the clock. Westminster continued to battle and tied the game 68-68 after junior Jenna Grandy (Sharpsville, PA / Sharpsville) found classmate Courtney Klein (York, PA / Red Lion) for a jumper with 5:05 remaining. Back-to-back Bison scores put Bethany in front 72-68, however a three-pointer from Titan senior Gabby Holko (Pittsburgh, PA / Mt. Alvernia) made the score 72-71 with 4:14 left. Bethany, however, would not let Westminster get any closer.

For the game, Bethany out-shot Westminster 52.5% (32-61) to 45.6% (31-68), while the Titans held a slight 37-36 rebound advantage.

Four Titans scored in double-digits, led by junior Allison Borts (Youngstown, OH / Boardman) who scored a game- and career-high 19 points (8-for-11). Senior Courtney Zitt (Latrobe, PA / Greater Latrobe) and Holko followed with 13 points each, while Grandy added 10. Borts, Zitt, and freshman Rachel Durbin (Lowellville, OH / Lovellville) led Westminster on the glass with seven rebounds each. Zitt also had a team-high three assists.

Sami Schott led Bethany with 18 points, while teammate Taylor Verrico had a game-high 11 rebounds.

Westminster will host Chatham on Saturday at 2 p.m. for its "Think Pink" game.

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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