NEW WILMINGTON, Pa. – The Westminster College women’s basketball team, under the tutelage of 17th-year Head Coach Roseanne Scott, returns 11 letterwinners from a year ago.
“We have a great core of returners with the addition of our newcomers that have built great team chemistry,” Scott said. “This team is ready to turn the page and play with confidence as a team. The team has brought great energy every day and is competing at a high level in practice.”
Headlining the returners is junior Emily Fromknecht (Erie, PA / McDowell), who earned All-Presidents’ Athletic Conference (PAC) Honorable Mention last season. Fromknecht finished 15th in points per game (11.2), ninth in rebounds per game (6.7), tenth in field goal percentage (.437), and second in blocked shots (49) in the conference. Fromknecht’s total block count broke the single-season school record and she stands third in school history with 81 career blocks, just 12 shy of Erica Tallo’s (2001-2005) all-time record.
Senior Jackie Mathews (Pittsburgh, PA / OLSH) was 28th in the conference in points per game (8.0) and tenth in three-point field goals averaged (1.6) last year. Mathews finished second on the team in points (199) and assists (39) and also tied for third in steals with 35. Sophomore Alazia Greaves (West Sunbury, PA / Moniteau) totaled 105 points and pocketed 33 steals, good for second best on the team. Greaves also tallied 65 rebounds, tied for third with 37 assists and placed fourth in free throw percentage (.750%).
Junior Aliya Gage (New Castle, PA / Mohawk) was third on the team in rebounds (3.4 avg.) and tied for third in assists (37) a season ago. Junior Brooke Lyczek (Cranberry Twp, PA / Seneca Valley) was third in three-pointers made (14) and tied for fifth with Greaves and classmate Kayla Bennett (Kent, OH / Theodore Roosevelt) in points per game (4.6). Bennett was also second on the team with 16 blocks.
Rounding out the returning letterwinners are senior Casey Spieler (Freedom, PA / Freedom), juniors Francesca Sicari (Erie, PA / McDowell) and Maggie Monahan (Youngstown, OH / Cardinal Mooney), and sophomores Haley Moore (Greensburg, PA / Greensburg Central Catholic) and Ashley Russell(Belle Vernon, PA / Belle Vernon).
“We have been committed to being great teammates and their positivity has shown in the improvements we are making as a team,” Scott said. “As coaches, we are excited to see what this team can accomplish. We have high expectations and confident this team can accomplish them.”
Fromknecht, Greaves, and first-year Magen Polczynski (Irwin, PA / Norwin) represented Westminster on the 2018-19 PAC Women’s Basketball Players to Watch list. The Titans were picked to finish sixth with 31 points, which was voted on by the league’s nine head coaches.
Westminster begins the season on the road Monday, November 12 at Penn State Beaver starting at 6 p.m. The Titans’ home-opener is set for Tuesday, November 20 against Pitt-Greensburg at 5 p.m.