Feb. 20 - BETHANY, W.Va. – For the second time this season, the Bethany College women’s basketball team led Washington & Jefferson at halftime, but for the second time this year, the 21st-ranked Presidents came from behind to win, as they notched a 52-42 victory over the Bison Saturday at Hummel Field House.
The loss, coupled with Chatham’s win over Thiel Saturday, means the Bison (7-18, 4-10) get a third match-up with the Presidents (22-3, 12-2). It will come on Tuesday when seventh-seeded Bethany travels to #2 W&J for a 7 p.m. tip-off in the PAC Tournament quarterfinals.
Neither team was sharp in the first half, as a basket by W&J’s Alyssa Oursler gave the visitors an 11-9 lead midway through the period. Back-to-back hoops by BC freshman Taylor Kress (Sharpsville, Pa.) sparked an 8-0 run that gave the Bison their largest lead of the night at 17-11. The Presidents then scored three straight buckets, but a three by sophomore Anne Wilson (Saegertown, Pa./Cambridge Springs) and a jumper by junior Tara Harris (Zanesville, Ohio) in the final minute helped send Bethany to the intermission with a 22-19 lead.
The first time the teams played Jan. 20, Bethany led 18-16 at halftime, but they shot just 27 percent in the second half, as W&J rallied for a 47-37 win. This game took a similar tone, as the Presidents outscored the Bison 22-5 through the first 11 minutes of the second half to take a 40-27 advantage. W&J would extend their lead to 15 points before Bethany’s offense started to thaw out. Wilson hit a three and four consecutive free throws to trim the Presidents’ lead to 48-40 with 2:18 to go, but that was as close as the Bison would get. Despite out-rebounding W&J 41-31 for the game, BC made just 19 percent (5-26) from the floor in the second half and shot 27 percent (15-55) for the game.
Wilson’s late rush gave her a team-high 10 points in the game, while Harris and Kress each tallied nine. Sophomore Katelynn Hackathorn (Valley Grove, W.Va./Wheeling Park) hauled down 12 boards for the Bison as well.
The Presidents were paced by Maggie Gibson, who totaled 13 points and 15 rebounds, while Alyssa Oursler tossed in 11 and Kennan Killeen scored 10.