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NEW WILMINGTON, Pa. (Titan Athletics) – The Westminster College women’s basketball team overcame a six-point deficit with seven minutes remaining in the game to win, 57-55, against Thiel College in Presidents’ Athletic Conference (PAC) action at home Wednesday evening.
 
Thiel (4-14, 2-7 PAC) had an early 11-5 lead after one quarter of play. Westminster (7-12, 5-5 PAC) started the second quarter with a 4-1 run to cut the Tomcats’ lead to 12-9, after a layup by junior Francesca Sicari (Erie, PA / McDowell), with five minutes left in the first half. That would be the closest Westminster would get for the remainder of the half and Thiel led 20-11 at halftime. The Titans got within two points (27-25) of Thiel’s lead after opening the third quarter with a 14-7 run, capped off with a pair of free throws by senior Jackie Mathews (Pittsburgh, PA / OLSH) with five minutes remaining. Westminster got as close as 30-29 with 3:37 left, but the Tomcats maintained their lead and were in front 37-32 at the end of three. Thiel led 42-36 with 7:29 left in the game, before the Titans orchestrated a 11-4 run, ending with a traditional three-point play by junior Kayla Bennett (Kent, OH / Theodore Roosevelt), and took their first lead of the contest, 47-46, with 2:39 on the clock. The Titans never trailed for the remainder of the game and led by as much as nine points (55-46) with 40 seconds left. Thiel had a chance with two seconds left to tie or take the lead, but the Titan defense locked down and prevented Thiel from getting up any kind of shot.
 
Bennett tied a game-high with a team-high 17 points, to go along with seven rebounds. Mathews also scored in double digits for the Titans with 10 points. First-year Magen Polczynski (Irwin, PA / Norwin) and Sicari scored seven and six points, respectively. Polczynski also tied a team- and career-high with 10 rebounds. Junior Emily Fromknecht (Erie, PA / McDowell) tied a team-best with 10 boards, to go along with five points and a game-high two blocks. Fromknecht also tied Mathews with a team-best three assists.
 
Westminster outshot Thiel, 32.1% (17-53) to 31.3% (20-64) and outrebounded the Tomcats, 50-39.
           
The Titans are back in action Saturday, January 26 at Waynesburg University with a 1:30 p.m. start time.

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