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WOMEN'S BASKETBALL Titans rally in second half to beat Thiel 57-33



Published: Tue, February 11, 2003 @ 12:00 a.m.



Westminster scored 39 points in the final 20 minutes to pull out the victory.

By BILL ALBRIGHT

VINDICATOR CORRESPONDENT

NEW WILMINGTON -- Shaking off a slow start, Westminster College outscored Thiel 39-19 over the final 20 minutes to beat the Tomcats 57-33 Saturday in a President's Athletic Conference women's game at Buzz Ridl Gymnasium.

"The kids worked hard and they came ready to play," said Westminster (7-14, 2-4 PAC) coach Rosanne Scott. "All I did was give them the game plan and they executed it today. It all came down them being able to stay focused and playing 40 minutes."

The first half was anything but a classic as neither team shot 30 percent and they combined to score only 32 points. Those two facts considered, Scott felt fortunate for her club to take a four-point lead to the locker room.

"We stressed the fact to the girls that even though we didn't shoot a good game, we were still able to stay in it by playing good defense," said Scott. "We can't get frustrated offensively because we have to stay focused defensively.

"When we picked it up, we caused a lot of turnovers and they led to a lot of layups for us on the other end."

Kenney leads Titans

The Titans looked to Ashley Kenney for a jump-start and the senior guard delivered with a team-high 15 points, 11 of which came in the first 10 minutes of the second half when the Titans blew the game open.

"I have been struggling with my shot for the last couple of games and it has been frustrating for me," said Kenney. "I know that I have to be a leader out there on the floor, so today, it was time for me to step it up. After I hit the first few shots in the second half, things felt good to me."

Kenney also played a part in the floor game, with four assists and a steal.

"I know that if you are going to have a solid game, you have to do things well on both ends of the court," added Kenney. "Our best defender was out with an injury so I knew I had to pick it up and play that much harder. I tried to put that on my shoulders as well and things worked out for us."

Thiel's (10-11, 2-4) Amanda Swanson led all scorers in the game with 17 points.




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