LATROBE, Pa. - The Westminster College women's basketball team fell to Presidents' Athletic Conference (PAC) foe Saint Vincent College by a score of 61-48 on the road Saturday evening.
Westminster (17-5, 10-3 PAC) fell behind Saint Vincent (15-6, 11-1 PAC) 10-2 midway through the first quarter. The Titans responded with an 11-2 run to close out the period, capped off by a three by Titan first-year Camden Hergenrother (Salem, OH / Cardinal Mooney) to take a 13-12 lead at the end of one. The Bearcats jumped back in front in the second quarter and led 39-34 at halftime. The Titans cut the Saint Vincent lead to 45-41 at the end of three. In the fourth, Westminster got within three after a three-pointer by sophomore Magen Polczynski (Irwin, PA / Norwin) made the score 47-44 with 8:23 left in the game. However, the Bearcats responded with a 9-0 run to take a 56-44 lead and sealed the victory.
Westminster shot 25.0% (14-56) from the field, while Saint Vincent had a 37.9% (22-58) field goal percentage. The Titans also shot 71.4% (15-21) from the charity stripe. The Titans bested the Bearcats on the glass, 48-41. Westminster forced 14 turnovers and scored 10 points off of those miscues. The Titans also recorded 14 offensive rebounds and seven steals. The game endured five lead changes and was tied three times.
Senior Kayla Bennett (Kent, OH / Theodore Roosevelt) led the way with a team-high 11 points and a game- and career high 16 rebounds, including seven offensive rebounds. This marked Bennett's fifth double-double of the season and the sixth of her career. Junior Alazia Greaves (West Sunbury, PA / Moniteau) followed with nine points and six boards. Hergenrother tallied eight points and ripped down eight rebounds, while senior Emily Fromknecht (Erie, PA / McDowell) had 10 rebounds to go along with her six points. First-year Natalie Murrio (Pittsburgh, PA / Brentwood) contributed nine points and four boards off the bench.
Westminster will be back on the court on Wednesday, February 12 when it takes on Geneva College at home in a conference matchup at 6 p.m.