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GREENVILLE, Pa. – The Westminster College women’s basketball team defeated Presidents’ Athletic Conference (PAC) opponent Thiel College, 81-73, on the road in double overtime on Saturday afternoon.
Sophomore Alazia Greaves (West Sunbury, PA / Moniteau) scored 13 points in the overtime periods while junior Emily Fromknecht (Erie, PA / McDowell) recorded one block on the game, bringing her career-block total to 93, which is now tied for most in Westminster history.
Thiel (2-4, 0-1 PAC) opened up the game scoring four-straight points. Westminster (3-4, 1-1 PAC) senior Jackie Mathews (Pittsburgh, PA / OLSH) scored the first points of the game for the Titans with a layup at the 8:20 mark of the first quarter (4-2). The Tomcats led by 11 points (17-6) with 4:16 left in the first quarter, however, the Titans ended the last four minutes of the first on a 6-0 run to cut the Thiel lead to five (17-11). The Titans opened up the second scoring five-straight points (and totaled a 10-0 overall run) and trailed by one, 17-16, with nine minutes to play in the half. After Thiel converted a layup, Westminster gained its first lead of the contest at the 6:35 mark of the second with a 20-19 advantage. However, the Tomcats quickly regained the lead and orchestrated a 10-0 run to go up 29-20 with just under two minutes to play in the half. Thiel took a six-point, 29-23 lead into halftime.
The Tomcats opened up the second half scoring seven straight points within the first minute and a half and took a 36-23 lead. Westminster cut the lead to just four points (47-43) after a made layup by junior Brooke Lyczek (Cranberry Twp, PA / Seneca Valley) with 43 seconds left in the third. Thiel led, 51-45, at the end of the quarter. Westminster opened the fourth quarter scoring six-straight points to tie the game at 51. With 3:07 left to play, Greaves put the Titans ahead by one with a free throw (58-57). Thiel’s Jess Vormelker knotted the game up at 58 with a made free throw of her own with 20 seconds left in regulation. Vormelker had a chance to win the game for Thiel, however, missed a layup with two seconds left and the game was forced into overtime.
In the first overtime, Westminster took a 60-58 lead after a made jumper from junior Emily Fromknecht (Erie, PA / McDowell). Thiel responded with a 7-0 run to take a 65-60 lead with 2:28 left to play. Westminster cut the lead to one (65-64) with 22 seconds left. After two made free throws from Vormelker (67-64), junior Kayla Bennett (Kent, OH / Theodore Roosevelt) found Greaves in the corner. Greaves pumped faked and made her defender jump, then swished a three-pointer to tie the game at 67. Thiel was unable to break the tie in their next possession and the game went into double OT. In the first three minutes of overtime number two, Westminster outscored the Tomcats 9-1 to take a 76-68 lead. Greaves made another three-pointer, her third of the game, to put the Titans ahead by 11 (79-68) and Westminster held a double digit lead the rest of the way.
Bennett tied a game-high with a career-high 25 points. She also tied a career-high with nine rebounds, led all players with a career-high six assists and tied a game-high with two blocks. Greaves tallied 20 points and tied a career-high with five steals. Greaves went a perfect 5-for-5 from the free throw line and went 3-for-5 from beyond the three-point arc. Fromknecht totaled 18 points, tied a career-high in assists with five, and recorded 11 rebounds. Mathews led all Titans on the glass with a career-high 12 rebounds.
Westminster outshot the Tomcats 41.0% (32-78) to 32.3% (20-62). The Titans also outrebounded Thiel 50-45.
The Titans’ next compete at home against PAC foe Waynesburg University on Wednesday, December 5. Start time is set for 6 p.m.

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