Women’s Basketball: Titans Ready to Host Waynesburg in PAC Quarterfinals

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Women’s Basketball: Titans Tie School-Record in Win Over Geneva

BEAVER FALLS, Pa. - The Westminster College women's basketball team defeated Presidents' Athletic Conference (PAC) foe Geneva College by a score of 96-59 on the road Saturday afternoon.

The 96 points scored by the Titans tied the school-record for most points scored in a single contest, set on November 20, 2007 when Westminster defeated Pitt-Bradford by a score of 96-74.

Westminster (12-3, 5-1 PAC) jumped ahead of Geneva (1-11, 0-5 PAC) by a score of 18-12 at the end of the first quarter. In the second, the Titans utilized quick 7-2 run to start the quarter, capped off by a pair of free throws by senior forward Emily Fromknecht (Erie, PA / McDowell) to take a 25-14 lead at the 6:58 mark of the quarter. With the score at 28-18 with 3:13 left in the half, Westminster rattled off an 8-0 run to take a 36-18 lead with 1:24 left in the half. The Titans took a 42-21 lead into the halftime intermission. The Titans broke their lead open in the third, as they outscored Geneva 30-14 in the quarter to take a 72-35 lead and held the lead for the rest of the contest.

Westminster shot 47.5% (29-61) from the field and 38.5% (10-26) from beyond the arc, while Geneva had a 24.4% (19-78) field goal percentage and was 26.3% (10-38) from three. Westminster also shot 75.7% (28-37) from the charity stripe. The Titans bested the Golden Tornadoes on the glass, 56-42. The Titans dished out a season-high 23 assists in the contest and their 96 points scored also marked a season-high.

Junior guard Alazia Greaves (West Sunbury, PA / Moniteau) led the way for Westminster with a game-high 14 points and grabbed seven rebounds. Greaves was also a perfect 5-5 from the free throw line. Sophomore guard Magen Polczynski (Irwin, PA / Norwin) was right behind with 13 points, while senior guard Aliya Gage (New Castle, PA / Mohawk) tallied 12 points, grabbed seven rebounds and buried a pair of threes. First-year guard Natalie Murrio (Pittsburgh, PA / Brentwood) tied a career-high with 11 points and earned a career-high eight rebounds. Fromknecht and senior forward Kayla Bennett (Kent, OH / Theodore Roosevelt) contributed 11 points and 10 points, respectively. Fromknecht also recorded a game-high 10 rebounds, while Bennett distributed a career- and game-high seven assists.

Westminster will be back on the court on Wednesday, January 15 when it takes on Bethany College at home in a conference matchup at 6 p.m.

NEW WILMINGTON, Pa. (Titan Athletics)– The Westminster College women's basketball team, led by 18th-year Head Coach Rosanne Scott, holds the No. 3 seed entering the 2019-20 Presidents' Athletic Conference (PAC) Women's Basketball Championship Tournament quarterfinals starting on Wednesday, February 26. Westminster (19-6, 12-4 PAC) will host sixth-seeded Waynesburg University (8-18, 6-10 PAC) inside Buzz Ridl Gymnasium at 7 p.m.

Westminster swept the regular season series with the Yellow Jackets. The Titans won, 81-69 on the road in the first contest, before winning at home by a score of 76-72 in the second bout.

Westminster Players to Watch:

Senior Kayla Bennett (Kent, OH / Theodore Roosevelt) currently leads the team and is 12th in the PAC with 12.4 points per game. Bennett is also third in the conference with a 52% mark from the field. The senior is sixth in the conference with 7.9 rebounds per game and has earned seven double-doubles on the season. Bennett has garnered PAC Player of the Week one time this season. Senior Emily Fromknecht (Erie, PA / McDowell) is fifth on the team with 8.8 points per game and is fifth in the PAC with a team-high 8.2 rebounds per game. Fromknecht also leads the conference with 73 total blocks (45 more than second-place) and is sixth in the conference with a team-high 3.2 assists per game. Junior Alazia Greaves (West Sunbury, PA / Moniteau) is second on the team with 10.4 points per game and leads the team with 43 total steals. Greaves has two 25-point games in her last three contests. Sophomore Magen Polczynski (Irwin, PA / Norwin) is third on the team with 9.4 points per outing and leads with team with 33 made three-pointers. First-year Camden Hergenrother (Salem, OH / Cardinal Mooney) is fourth on the team with 9.3 points per game and is third with 4.8 rebounds per contest. Hergenrother has received PAC Rookie of the Week recognition twice this season. First-year Natalie Murrio (Pittsburgh, PA / Brentwood) has been a spark off the bench, averaging 5.5 points per game and 2.9 rebounds per contest.

A Look at the Field:

With the league's double-bye format, No. 1 seed Saint Vincent College (19-6, 15-1 PAC) and No. 2 seed Grove City College (23-2, 14-2 PAC) automatically advance to the championship tournament's semifinal round, which will be hosted by Saint Vincent at the Robert S. Carey Student Center on Friday, Feb. 28. Grove City will face off against the Westminster-Waynesburg winner Friday at 5:30 p.m., followed by Saint Vincent hosting the W&J (16-9, 11-5 PAC)-Chatham (15-10, 7-9 PAC) winner in the nightcap at 7:30 p.m.

The start time of Saturday's title game is slated for 5 p.m.

The winner of the PAC's Championship Tournament will receive the league's automatic qualifying bid to this year's Division III Championship Tournament. Forty-three conferences have been granted automatic qualification to this year's 64-team championship. The selected Division III Championship teams as well as the first and second round site selections will be announced Monday, March 2 at 2:30 p.m. (EST) on ncaa.com. First and second round games are scheduled for Friday-Saturday, March 6-7.

*The PAC contributed to this release

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