NEW WILMINGTON, Pa. – The Westminster College women’s basketball team won, 48-43, at home over Thiel College in a Presidents’ Athletic Conference (PAC) contest Saturday afternoon.
There were four lead changes in the first quarter and Westminster (6-11, 2-8 PAC) led 10-8 after one. The Titans opened the second quarter with a 6-0 run, courtesy of back-to-back threes by first-year Alazia Greaves (West Sunbury, PA / Moniteau) and senior Paige Quinn (Pittsburgh, PA / Shaler), putting Westminster in front 16-8 with 8:10 on the clock. The Titans remained ahead and had their largest lead of nine points three different times with the latest coming at the 1:09 mark, 22-13, when sophomore Kayla Bennett (Kent, OH / Theodore Roosevelt) made a jumper. Westminster led by the same at halftime.
Thiel (3-13, 2-8 PAC) opened the second half with an 11-3 run to cut the Titans’ lead to 25-24 with 7:33 on the clock. The Tomcats would tie the game twice within the next five minutes with the last one coming at 2:20 (31-31). Thiel took its first lead since the beginning of the first quarter after Alivia Sidley split a pair of free throws and took its largest lead of the game, 35-31, after Jess Vormelker made a three-pointer with 1:18 left in the third. The Tomcats, after outshooting Westminster 22-11 in the frame, led 35-33 at the end of three. The Titans got back in front, 38-36, after senior Paige Quinn (Pittsburgh, PA / Shaler) made a three with 6:31 left in regulation. The Titans maintained their lead and led by as much as five points, 44-39, with 2:03 left. Up 45-43 with 15 seconds left, Quinn put Westminster up by three after a made free throw (46-43). On Thiel’s next possession, Titan junior Jackie Mathews (Pittsburgh, PA / OLSH) caused a turnover and sophomore Kayla Bennett (Kent, OH / Theodore Roosevelt) would then seal the Titan win after a layup after Quinn found her on an in-bound pass.
Titan sophomore Emily Fromknecht (Erie, PA / McDowell) led all scorers with 15 points. Fromknecht also had one block which tied her with Rachel Martinko (2006-08) for third all-time in career blocks with 66.
Quinn also scored in double-digits with 12 points. Senior Kristine Fromknecht (Erie, PA / McDowell) registered eight points, while senior Kylie Cook (Pittsburgh, PA / Mount Lebanon) had six. Bennett grabbed down a team-high seven rebounds, while Mathews earned a season-high six boards. K. Fromknecht added five rebounds. E. Fromknecht and Quinn each had a team-best three assists. Bennett led the Titans with two blocks. First-year Alazia Greaves (Sunbury, PA / Moniteau) pocketed a game- and career-high four steals.
Westminster outshot Thiel 27.3% (15-55) to 23.4% (11-47) and held a 44-41 advantage in rebounds.
The Titans are back on the court Wednesday, Jan. 24 when they host Chatham University at 6 p.m.