BEAVER FALLS, Pa. – The Westminster College women’s basketball team defeated Presidents’ Athletic Conference (PAC) foe Geneva College, 70-53, on the road Wednesday evening.
Westminster (5-11, 1-8 PAC) started the game on a 7-2 run, capped off with a made layup by sophomore Emily Fromknecht (Erie, PA / McDowell) with 7:01 to go in the first. Geneva (4-12, 1-8 PAC) closed the gap to one (7-6), however, Westminster went on another run, scoring seven-straight points to extend its lead to 14-6 with 3:48 on the clock. The Titans ended the first quarter with a 16-10 lead. First-year Alazia Greaves (West Sunbury, PA / Moniteau) started the opening seconds of the second quarter with a pair of free-throws to give the Titans an eight-point lead (18-10). The Golden Tornadoes cut the lead to one (20-19) with 4:40 left in the half and tied the game (24-24) with 45 seconds left. Sophomore Kayla Bennett (Kent, OH / Theodore Roosevelt) converted on a layup with 35 seconds remaining to give the Titans a 26-24 lead, which remained at halftime.
Geneva started the second half with an 11-0 run, taking a 35-26 lead with 6:09 left in the third. Westminster, who had trailed since the 9:10 mark of the third quarter, tied the game at 38 when senior Paige Quinn (Pittsburgh, PA / Shaler) knocked down a three with 1:47 remaining in the third. Geneva took a brief 39-38 lead seconds later, but in the last one minute and 15 seconds, Westminster went on an 11-3 run, courtesy of three three-pointers from junior Jackie Mathews (Pittsburgh, PA / OLSH) and a layup from E. Fromknecht, to hold a 49-42 lead at the end of three. Within the first minute of the fourth quarter, Geneva cut the Titans’ lead to one point (49-48). E. Fromknecht made two layups and sophomore Brooke Lyczek (Cranberry Twp, PA / Seneca Valley) added one of her own all within one minute of play, widening the Westminster lead to 55-48 with 8:06 to go in the game. The Titans controlled the game from there, going on a 13-3 run and leading by as much as 17 points (68-51) with 4:20 to go. The Titans ended the game with the same margin, winning 70-53.
Mathews finished with a game-high 22 points, one shy of her career-high. Mathews also converted on a game-high five three-pointers, tying her career-high. E. Fromknecht tallied 17 points and pulled down a game-high seven boards, while also registering a game-high four blocks. E. Fromknecht is now one block away from tying third all-time in school history in that category. Greaves finished with a career-high seven assists, to go along with a team-high two steals and eight points. Greaves, Quinn, Lyczek, and senior Kristine Fromknecht (Erie, PA / McDowell) all totaled five boards each.
Westminster outshot Geneva, 48.2% (27-56) to 32.0% (16-50), and outrebounded the Golden Tornadoes, 41-29. The Titans shot just 20% (2-10) from beyond the arc in the first half, but shot 60% (6-10) in the second, finishing the game shooting 40% (8-20) from three.
Westminster is back on the court Saturday, January 20 as it plays host to Thiel College. Tip-off is set for 1:30 p.m.