Titans Snap Presidents' Four-Game Streak
NEW WILMINGTON, Pa. -- Westminster owned a 45-28 rebounding advantage and held Washington & Jefferson to 33 percent shooting on Saturday as the Titans defeated the Presidents 59-48 in PAC women's basketball action at Buzz Ridl Gymnasium.
The loss snapped the Presidents' four-game win streak and the Titans (8-9, 6-4 PAC) drew to within one game of W&J (12-5, 7-3 PAC) in the league standings.
Two three-pointers out of the gate gave W&J a quick 7-2 lead, but Westminster made two triples of its own in the final four minutes to claim a 27-20 halftime lead. The Presidents only had two baskets in the final 11 minutes of the half, both by junior forward Chelsea Apke (Pittsburgh, Pa./Mt. Lebanon).
Washington & Jefferson closed to within four points on three different occasions in the second half, including at the 5:32 mark after sophomore center Valerie Dunlap's (Hostetter, Pa./Latrobe) jumper. However, Gabby Holko responded with a three-pointer for the Titans on the ensuing possession and the hosts stretched their lead to as many as 14 points in the final minute.
Dunlap was the lone President in double figures with 16 points. Dunlap, who had eight of the Presidents' 18 field goals, added eight rebounds. Apke added eight points, 11 rebounds, two blocks and two steals for the Presidents, who scored 16 points off of 21 Westminster turnovers.
Holko finished with 15 points, seven rebounds and three assists, while Andi Ridge helped the Titans control the glass with 11 points and 14 rebounds.
W&J looks to get back into the win column on Wednesday night at Saint Vincent (5:30 pm).