Potomac State wins 6th WPCC title in 8 years


Ashley Hines
It was the Ashley Hines show as the sophomore from Newark, NJ led the Lady Cats to the WPCC Championship with a 61-49 win over Westmoreland County Community College.


YOUNGWOOD, Pa. — Potomac State started the second half on a 14-1 run and led by as many as 21 points as the Catamounts cruised to their sixth Western Pennsylvania Collegiate Conference title in eight seasons by beating Westmoreland County 61-49 Friday afternoon.

The Cats entered the WPCC Tournament as the second seed after losing a 56-55 decision to the Wolfpack on Feb. 8. The win earned Westmoreland the top seed in the tourney.

“The first half was back-and-forth, but we turned it on in the second half,” said PSC head coach Jim Walton.

Walton was referring to his team expanding a three-point, 28-25, lead to a 42-26 advantage in a matter of minutes.

Ashley Hines had a double-double of 25 points and 17 rebounds and Danielle Freeman finished with 10 points. Ali St. Van dropped 18 points including all four of PSC’s three-pointers.

“We got some good, smart play from our guards,” said Walton. “They had a low number of turnovers and made good decisions. They really handled Westmorland’s pressure well.”

TeQuerra Turner led the Wolfpack with 13 points.

Potomac State (12-8) will play Garrett on Feb. 28 in McHenry.