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SELINSGROVE, Pa. – The Westminster College women’s basketball team defeated the Pennsylvania College of Technology, 62-56, in a non-conference game on the road in the final day of the Susquehanna Trailways Tipoff Tournament Sunday afternoon.
 
Junior Emily Fromknecht (Erie, PA / McDowell) highlighted the game with game-and career-highs in both points (25) and rebounds (21). 17 of Fromknecht’s 21 boards came on the defensive side.
 
Penn College (0-2) took an early 6-5 lead in the first quarter. Westminster (1-2) went on a 6-0 run to take an 11-6 lead with 5:16 to go in the first. The Wildcats pulled within one of the Titans (12-11), however, Westminster outscored Penn College, 8-4, in the final four minutes of the first quarter and led, 20-15, at the end of one. Penn College outscored the Titans 8-4 in the first six minutes of the second quarter, and with four minutes left in the first half, trailed by just one point, 24-23. Westminster closed out the second quarter strong, outscoring the Wildcats 12-2 and securing a 36-25 halftime lead.
 
Junior Aliya Gage (New Castle, PA / Mohawk) converted a free throw with 1:40 left in the third to give Westminster a 45-34 lead, and the Titans led, 47-40, at the end of three. The Wildcats cut the Titan lead to just two points (47-45) at the 8:25 mark of the fourth quarter. Westminster orchestrated a 7-0 run, capped off by a fast break layup from senior Jackie Mathews (Pittsburgh, PA / OLSH) and the Titans led 54-45 with 7:16 to play. Penn College again cut into the Titan lead, this time trailing by three points (56-53) with just over four minutes left in the game. Westminster held the Wildcats to just three points for the remaining of the contest, winning 62-56.
 
Fromknecht went 11-for-21 from the field, tied a game-high with five assists and registered a game-best four blocks. Mathews totaled 19 points, 11 rebounds, pocketed a team-best two steals, and knocked down four three-pointers. First-year Magen Polczynski (Irwin, PA / Norwin) had 10 points and tied a game-high with five assists.
 
The Titans outshot the Wildcats 38.7% (24-62) to 25.4% (18-71). Westminster also outrebounded Penn College 56-45.
 
Mathews was selected to the Susquehanna Trailways Tipoff All-Tournament Team.
 
Westminster next hosts non-conference opponent Pitt-Greensburg for its first home contest of the season on Tuesday, November 20. Tipoff is slated for 5 p.m.

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