NEW WILMINGTON, Pa. – The Westminster College women’s basketball team lost, 66-54, to Presidents’ Athletic Conference (PAC) foe Geneva College at home Wednesday evening.
Westminster (7-17, 3-14 PAC) started the game with a 6-0 lead with 7:20 on the clock. The Titans held a six-point lead (11-5) two minutes later, however, Geneva (8-16, 5-12 PAC) took its first lead of the game during a 10-0 run and led 15-11 with 1:04 remaining and was up 15-13 at the end of one. In the second quarter, senior Kristine Fromknecht (Erie, PA / McDowell) tied the game at 15 with a layup at the 9:43 mark. Westminster regained the lead (18-17) two minutes later when K. Fromknecht found first-year Alazia Greaves (West Sunbury, PA / Moniteau) for a three-pointer. The Golden Tornadoes quickly regained the lead and remained in front (by as much as four points five different times) for the remainder of the half. Geneva led 31-28 at halftime.
The Golden Tornadoes opened the second half with an 8-2 run and led 39-30 with 7:16 on the clock. The Titans, however, answered with a 14-3 run, guided by sophomore Kayla Bennett (Kent, OH / Theodore Roosevelt) who scored 10 of the 14 points, including eight-straight, to take a 44-42 lead. Westminster led by the same at the end of three. The Titans started the fourth quarter with a four-point lead (46-42). After Geneva regained the lead, Bennett tied the game at 48 with a pair of free throws with 7:21 left. Geneva got back in front and outscored Westminster, 18-6, for the remainder of the contest.
Bennett led the Titans with a career-high 14 points, while Greaves tied a career-best with 13 points. Sophomore Emily Fromknecht (Erie, PA / McDowell) added eight points, while senior Paige Quinn (Pittsburgh, PA / Shaler) and sophomore Brooke Lyczek (Cranberry Twp, PA / Seneca Valley) each had six points. K. Fromknecht led Westminster on the glass with nine rebounds, while Lyczek grabbed a career-high eight boards. Lyczek and K. Fromknecht each had a team-high three assists. Lyczek also had a team-best two blocks. Greaves pocketed a team- and career-high five steals.
Geneva outshot Westminster, 42.9% (21-49) to 35.0% (21-60). Both teams had 38 rebounds.
The Titans will play their regular season finale Saturday, Feb. 17 with a PAC road game at Saint Vincent College. Tip-off is set for 4 p.m.