NEW WILMINGTON, Pa. – The Westminster College women’s basketball team lost, 61-45, at home to Presidents’ Athletic Conference (PAC) foe Grove City College on Senior Day Saturday afternoon.
Grove City (15-8, 10-6 PAC) took a 7-2 lead after a 7-0 run in the opening minutes of the first quarter. Westminster (7-16, 3-13 PAC) cut the Wolverines’ lead to three points (9-6) after first-year Alazia Greaves (West Sunbury, PA / Moniteau) made a layup with 5:59 on the clock. Grove City, however, went on a 13-2 run to take a 22-8 lead with 1:23 remaining. Grove City led 24-10 at the end of one. The Wolverines maintained their double-digit lead in the second quarter and were ahead 40-17 at halftime. In the third, Grove City was up by at least 20 points for the first nine minutes and led 54-31 with 1:04 on the clock. Westminster, however, finished the frame strong with a 6-0 run, cutting the Wolverines’ lead to 54-37 with a quarter left to play. Westminster got within 13 points of Grove City’s lead (56-43) when sophomore Emily Fromknecht (Erie, PA / McDowell) made a layup with 3:29 to go, but that would be the closest the Titans would get for the remainder of the contest.
E. Fromknecht scored a team-high 11 points, to go along with seven rebounds and game-highs in blocks (5) and steals (2). Sophomore Kayla Bennett (Kent, OH / Theodore Roosevelt) registered eight points, while senior Kylie Cook (Pittsburgh, PA / Mount Lebanon) had six. Senior Paige Quinn (Pittsburgh, PA / Shaler), junior Jackie Mathews (Pittsburgh, PA / OLSH), and sophomore Brooke Lyczek (Cranberry Twp, PA / Seneca Valley) each tallied five points. Senior Kristine Fromknecht (Erie, PA / McDowell) grabbed down a team-high nine rebounds.
Grove City outshot Westminster, 37.1% (23-62) to 33.3% (17-51), and outrebounded the Titans, 44-36. Grove City’s Lexie Arkwright led all scorers with 26 points.
Westminster honored its seniors, Cook, K. Fromknecht, and Quinn, before the game. The Titans also hosted their Play 4Kay Cancer Awareness game, to raise money for scientific research and to assist the efforts to fight against women’s cancers for the Kay Yow Cancer Fund.
The Titans will play their final home regular season game of the year on Wednesday, Feb. 14 against Geneva College in PAC action at 6 p.m.