Women's Basketball: Titans Overcome 17 –Point Deficit; Holko Hits Game-Winning Three at Waynesburg

Saturday, February 15, 2014

WAYNESBURG, Pa. - For the fourth time in the past nine games, the Westminster College women's basketball team overcame a halftime-deficit and won. The Titans, down 56-39 at halftime, came back and won, 77-76, at Presidents' Athletic Conference (PAC) foe Waynesburg on Saturday.

Down 76-74 with 17 seconds to play in regulation, Titan senior Courtney Zitt (Latrobe, PA / Greater Latrobe) found classmate Gabby Holko (Pittsburgh, PA / Mt. Alvernia) for the game-winning three-pointer with six seconds left. For the game, Holko tied a career-high with a game-high 27 points, while netting a game-high four three-pointers and shooting a game- and career-high 11-for-11 from the free throw line (which is second-best in Titan history).

The game was tied three times in the first 10 minutes of the first half. Tied 17-17 at the 10:29 mark, Waynesburg (12-11, 10-6 PAC) took the lead and had its first double-digit lead of the game (39-27) with 5:15 to go. The Yellow Jackets' 56-39 halftime-lead was their largest of the game.  

In the second half, Westminster (13-10, 10-6 PAC) cut Waynesburg's lead to single-digits (62-53) after freshman Rachel Durbin (Lowellville, OH / Lowellville) found Zitt for a layup with 11:10 on the clock. The Titans went on a 12-4 run, capped off with a layup from junior Allison Borts (Youngstown, OH / Boardman), and sliced Waynesburg's lead to 66-65 with 7:47 to play. Tied 69-69 with 5:04 on the clock, Waynesburg took a 75-69 lead after a three-pointer which capped off a 6-0 run with 3:38 to go in the game. The Titans chipped at the Yellow Jackets' lead and sealed the win after the three-pointer from Holko.

The comeback marks the largest of the season for Westminster. The Titans' previous largest comeback was at Grove City on Jan. 22 when Westminster was down 33-21 at halftime.

For the game, Waynesburg out-shot Westminster 33.8% (26-77) to 30.8% (20-65) and out-rebounded the Titans 55-49.

Zitt and freshman Shelby Brown (New Castle, PA / Mohawk) also scored in double-figures with 16 and 12 points, respectively. Zitt and junior Courtney Klein (York, PA / Red Lion) led Westminster with seven rebounds each.

Katie Gehlmann led Waynesburg with 19 points, while teammate Courtney Sargent had a game-high 19 rebounds.  

Westminster will play two more games (both at home) to finish out the regular season. First up is Grove City on Wednesday at 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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