NEW WILMINGTON, Pa.– The 2017-18 Westminster College women’s basketball team, led by 16th-year Head Coach Rosanne Scott, returns 11 letterwinners from a season ago.
“We are excited to see what this year’s team can accomplish,” Scott said. “From last year to this year, they got a taste of the kind of team they could become.”
Sophomore Emily Fromknecht, who earned Presidents’ Athletic Conference (PAC) Freshman of the Year and Honorable Mention honors last year, will help guide the experienced Titans. Her 11.1 points per game, 17th in the PAC, and 7.6 rebounds per game, 8th in the conference, both were team highs.
Coach Scott pressed on the defense as the focal point for this upcoming year, saying “The key for us this season will be on the defensive side, with creating turnovers to pick up the tempo of the game. We have the ability and quickness to run the floor, while our inside to outside game will be critical in winning games.”
Seniors Kylie Cook, Kristine Fromknecht, and Paige Quinn and juniors Casey Spieler and Jackie Mathews round out the returning upperclassmen letterwinners. The sophomore returning letterwinners are Aliya Gage, Francesca Sicari, Brooke Lyczek, Maggie Monahan, and Kayla Bennett.
Mathews was third on the team in scoring with 9.7 points per game, while Cook was fourth (9.1). In rebounds, K. Fromknecht (5.7), Cook (4.9), and Gage (4.1) were second, third, and fourth, respectively. As a team, the Titans ranked second in the PAC in defensive rebounds per contest (29.4). Westminster also led the league in three-point field goal percentage (.356). In made three-pointers, Mathews (53) and Lyczek (20) finished second and third, respectively. Gage’s 31 steals and E. Fromknecht’s 32 blocks were good for first on the team in each category. Gage added 64 assists, which were second-best on the team.
Additionally, the Titan defense was second-best in the PAC in opponent’s field goal percentage (.357). “We also need to focus hard on each possession and do a better job taking care of the ball,” added Scott. “Finally, it is important for us to mature and be ready to play at the very
beginning of the schedule, to get off to a positive start.”
Westminster begins its season Saturday, Nov. 18 with a road game at Pennsylvania College of Technology with a 2 p.m. start time. The Titans’ PAC opener is set for Tuesday, Nov. 21 at Thiel College (6 PM), while their home opener is scheduled for Monday, Nov. 27 against non-conference foe Hiram College (6 PM).